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Open Call: Habitat for Inhabitants - Lima’s Human Right to Housing Architecture Competition

Peru Architecture News - Sep 4, 2018 - 03:50   5110 views

Open Call: Habitat for Inhabitants - Lima’s Human Right to Housing Architecture Competition

Today the housing deficit in Perù reaches 1.8 million, 20.9 quantitative and 79.1% qualitative and, besides, 70% of the houses are built without the assistance of either an architect or an engineer.  Do you want to be part of the change? 

Competition brief

Lima is undergoing a continuous change even though its biggest contradiction remains unchanged: a three meters wall that runs over ten kilometers separates people of different social states. Thus, on one side of the wall, the barren landscape dominates, showing no green areas and only a few streets. This area is barely/rarely reached with water supply and electricity, and many small houses have been manually built, up to the top of the mountain. Conversely, on the other side of the wall luxury residences can be seen surrounded by thriving vegetation, in addition to pools, high rises and many infrastructures for the population. The division is strong. By trying to improve internal safety, people follow the logic of exclusion.

Techo Peru is a non-profit association aimed at reducing poverty that affects millions of people in Peru by employing the combined action of the young volunteers and inhabitants.

DNADD and Techo share the same mission: transform the Right to Housing in the right of living in a decent house. Develop a new type of house that should be easily reproduced, satisfy the basic needs of Lima’s population and offer them a new place worthy to be called “home”.

Techo Peru aims at tackling this problem in Peru, providing a model of house which is donated to those families living in the most extreme conditions.

This competition proposes a redesign of the Techo’s model with the aim of improving those features of the house that are impaired at the moment.

Participants should develop a housing unit that is obtained from the combination of four different modules: family module, kitchen, bathroom, garden. After having evaluated the conditions of the houses owned by each family, it will be decided whether to build the entire house “ex novo” or just add the missing modules.

The house should be developed so that it can be self-constructed in a few days by volunteers.

Competition calendar

9 August 2018

Early registrations start

27 September 2018

Early registrations end

28 September 2018

Standard registrations start

Period of questions ends

9 October 2018

Publication of answers in “Faq” section

9 November 2018

Standard registrations and material submission deadline

22 November 2018

Jury summoning

29 November 2018

Results announcement

DNADD is a nonprofit association, therefore the competition is based on a fund-raising formula, necessary for the construction of the project in Lima, Peru.

To download project brief and register, please visit the competition's website.

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