Housing design competition for low-income families in Cambodia.
I am happy there are organisations and especially people who have initiatives like the one I am going to present below. We all have the right to live in decent conditions and I strongly believe it can be done with little money and good will.
The design competition asked for designs of a $2000 house that can withstand flooding and offer a safe and secure home for low-income families in Cambodia. Habitat for Humanity Cambodia have supported the competition from the start and now plan to deliver these homes in the coming months giving the families that they support a chance to choose a design that relates to their specific lifestyle needs. Hoping to provide poor Cambodians with a better standard of living, the winning projects will be built later this year.
The jury picked three designs that reflected the desire to have a large flexible space to meet changing family needs, a space to rear chickens and a design that allowed for a shop front on the ground floor. A wide range of submissions made use of sustainable materials and highlighted the need for Cambodia to look at the nature of the booming construction industry and to think about more environmentally friendly ways of meeting the housing demand.
The short listed designs show both traditional and new techniques in reducing the carbon footprint of delivering new homes. There will be an exhibition in Phnom Penh in May showcasing the best designs and the winning projects.
Following I am posting a few projects that were submitted but didn’t make it to the final, I just think they are notable enough.