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Designing Hope: Refugee to Resident

Designing Hope: Refugee to Resident competition focuses on the pressing need to offer displaced communities an opportunity to rebuild their lives with dignity and hope. The objective of this architectural competition is to challenge participants to design transformative shelter solutions that address the unique needs of communities displaced by conflict, environmental disasters, or other crises. The challenge extends beyond creating simple dwellings; it requires architects to envision spaces that provide not only shelter but also security, a sense of community, and stability for their residents.

Site:

  • The competition site covers an area of approximately 2,000 square meters and is strategically located near a refugee camp.
  • The site is carefully chosen to facilitate easy access to basic amenities, such as water sources, food distribution centers, and medical facilities. This selection ensures that the well-being of the shelter’s residents is a top priority.
  • Entrants should design their shelters in harmony with this site, leveraging its resources and the existing infrastructure to enhance the overall quality of life for the residents.

Constraints:

  • Design solutions must prioritize the safety, dignity, and well-being of displaced communities.
  • The proposed shelters should be cost-effective and suitable for large-scale implementation, keeping affordability and scalability in mind.
  • Considerations for sustainable and eco-friendly materials and construction methods are mandatory, with a focus on minimizing environmental impact.
  • The designs must be resilient to varying environmental conditions, including but not limited to extreme weather, limited resources, and potential security challenges.
  • Community integration is essential, emphasizing the creation of shared spaces and a sense of belonging within the shelter design.
  • Entries should respect and adhere to international regulations and cultural sensitivities, ensuring a harmonious coexistence with the site’s context.

Prizes & Grants:

  • Winner x 1 = $1000 + Certificate + Publication in Annual Issue + Blog Post.
  • Runners Up x 4 = $250 + Certificate + Publication in Annual Issue + Blog Post.
  • Participation Certificates for all teams.
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