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Architects for Humanity seeks to redesign a Housing Quarter for Earthquake Victims in Northern Syria

Mimaria Studio, in partnership with the NGO Molham Team, is launching Architects for Humanity, an international competition to redesign a housing quarter for earthquake and displaced victims in Northern Syria.

Participants are invited to design housing that not only provides shelter but also nurtures a sense of home, community, and belonging. The competition seeks solutions that go beyond temporary relief, aiming for sustainable, culturally sensitive housing that integrates public and commercial spaces, educational facilities, and places of worship to foster a vibrant, inclusive community life.

The task is to design a housing complex that accommodates 450 families, incorporating cultural, commercial, educational, and public functions.

Eligibility

Architects for Humanity is open to individuals and multidisciplinary teams of up to 8 members, including architects, urban designers, engineers, students, social workers, sociologists, and other design enthusiasts. Collaboration across specialties is encouraged to foster innovative and holistic solutions.

Judging Criteria

  • Balance Social Responsibility and Community Diversity: The design must harmoniously balance social responsibility, community diversity, and vibrant public spaces, curating spaces that spark interactions and nurture a sense of community.
  • Create Resilient and Adaptable Spaces: The design must be earthquake resilient and adaptable, considering future scenarios, changing community needs, and integrating public and private functions to foster a cohesive community fabric.
  • Consider Cost Efficiency and Construction Feasibility: The design must be realistic, feasible, and cost-efficient, considering local resources, available skills, and budget constraints.

Prizes

  • 1st Prize – $2000 + implementation possibility
  • 2nd Prize – $1500
  • 3rd Prize – $1000
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