The concept of home means something different around the world. In some places, it’s an apartment in a tall tower and in others it’s a stucco building by a small road. Whichever option describes your life best, a home should be a dignified place that provides for your needs and supports your future.
At DesignClass we are passionate about exploring how design can have a positive impact on people’s lives. We don’t believe a home has to be fancy or grand but it does have to be safe, uplifting, and purposeful.
This is your challenge, design a sustainable and dignified home for families in developing communities around the world.
The home should utilize local materials, adapt to the local environment, be sized appropriately for families in this community, and should feature an economic space where the family can run a small store or business. Your home may be any size and made of any materials. All we ask is that you make your best attempt to understand the context of the community.
- Choose a community that you want to design a home for. We suggest looking at areas near you with severe economic development needs that could benefit from intentional design-thinking.
- Study how people live in this community and how your home could uplift their lives.
- Design a home that fits in the context, provides space for the family to live, and has a dedicated economic space where the family can operate a small store or business.
- 3-5 Images, showing your design. You may include plans, diagrams, and renderings. Images must be square or 16×9 ratio, in jpg format, under 3mb.
- Written Description, fewer than 500 words, in English. Tell us about your design and its reasoning.
Grand Prize: $1,000
Designer’s Choice Award