SqrFoot House - Housing For One

Deadline 30/09/2018
PRIZE 135000

Brief

The growing issue of homeless people around the world is one that needs to be tackled on a war footing. As our cities grow, each of them are occupied by a diverse narrative of migrants who make the city their home. A third of all urban dwellers worldwide – 1.2 billion people – lack access to safe and secure housing. 

The gap is worst in lower and middle income countries, where some cities are growing so quickly that governments cannot build out services and infrastructure fast enough to accommodate new arrivals. The result is millions living in inadequate conditions and fraying trust in governments.

Illustration courtesy - Ms. Sana Soni

The Challenge

We aim to impact at least one needful family by using design as a tool to create sustainable and affordable product. We are focusing on 4 major problems faced by homeless migrants :

• Affordability : Access to safe and secure housing which is easy on pocket and doesn't brand itself as housing for the poor but an asset which is useful for everyone.

• Mobility & Portability : Floating population/seasonal migrants, who might not want to invest in property — an immovable illiquid asset, no matter how subsidized or cheap it is, we need a mobile/portable solution which is designed with innovative technologies.

• Sustainability and Scale-ability : A design solution which sustains not just the weather conditions but is easy to maintain and can be replicated to bring a scale-able change.

• Economic Opportunity : Can this new product design generate revenue either for the Individual/family living in it or the government? 

Illustration courtesy - Ar. Edmund Tan

Design Program

A good modular design concept can definitely save up a lot and the productivity will be much higher in modular design, thus the tenements can be delivered on time.

• A small house for a family of 4 members not exceeding an area of 250 SqrFt and maximum height of 12 feet, the lesser the area – the better. The shape of the house is not restricted but it shouldn’t exceed the total cubic feet volume (250 SqrFt. X 12 Ft.).

• Basic amenities like sleeping area for 4 members, Kitchen and toilet to be provided. 

• Not necessarily but design a product which is movable, portable and affordable. A design so efficient which can be carried, transported, fixed and dismantled when needed.

• You have to design a small housing colony for 50 families, combining one module with other similar modules. Your modular design should create an impact by solving the mass housing problem.

• The area for the colony is not restricted and you can grow either horizontally or vertically. 

Illustration courtesy - Ms. Shreya Rao

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Prizes & Awards

1st Prize
1st Prize - INR 50000
Certificate + Subscription and Feature Publication in Design Detail magazine and partner websites + Mention in featured article posted by Team SqrFactor
2nd Prize
2nd Prize - INR 30000
Certificate + Subscription and Publication in Design Detail Magazine and partner websites + Mention in featured article posted by Team SqrFactor
3rd Prize
3rd Prize - INR 20000
Certificate + Subscription of Design Detail Magazine and Publication on partner websites + Mention in featured article posted by Team SqrFactor
Prize
Top-10 - INR 5000
Top 10 Entries except top 3 winners will be awarded INR 5,000 + Certificate
Prize
Top-30
Top 30 – Top Thirty short-listed entries will be featured on Sqrfactor’s competition (SqrFoot House) results page + Certificates + Eligible for People's Choice Award
Prize
People's Choice Award - INR 5000
People's choice award recognizes the popular work voted by the users on sqrfactor. Certificates + Feature on SqrFactor article
  • Early Bird Registration
    From 2018-08-01 to 2018-08-25
    INR 900 (Indian)
    USD 20 (International)
  • Advance Registration
    From 2018-08-26 to 2018-09-15
    INR 1500 (Indian)
    USD 30 (International)
  • Last Minute Registration
    From 2018-09-16 to 2018-09-30
    INR 2400 (Indian)
    USD 40 (International)
Note: It will not be possible to amend or update any information relating to your registration including the names of team members once validated.
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Eligibility Criteria

Preferably young architects and students. Do not participate as an architecture firm, Instead participate as Individual | Maximum 3 members in a team + 1 Mentor (Mentor - not compulsory though)