Announcing an architecture competition for large scale mixed use pallet rack community structures.
Bangalore is surrounded by former farmland which was bought from farmers and now largely sits idle as real estate speculators wait for the city to grow and incorporate these areas into them.
At the same time, urban India faces a housing shortage as hundreds of millions of people move from rural areas into the cities seeking a better future. The cities are ill-equipted to handle the new comers as the existing infrastructure is already over taxed by the current population.
The purpose of this competition is to create innovative architectual designs which use pallet racks to create housing / village clusters which can support 100 plus families. The structures should be as effecient as possible in water and energy usage. Designs should account for residential space as well as community space for the inhabitants. The overall design should fit on a 3 acre plot of land.
Designs will be evaluated based on
- perceived 'livability'
- self sufficiency
Designs should be submitted as projects on the Open Architecture Network (OAN). They should include a sketchup model and short description of the design philosophy and how you imagine the model working. You can use the Shala project as an example. Also look at the Jaaga project for inspiration. And check out this post on Building with Pallet Racks for a sense of the components and costs of pallet rack structures. Once the project has been set up on OAN register for the competition by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a link to your OAN project.
Submissions should be made by November 15. They will be evaluated and winners announced at an event at Jaaga the week of December 15.
There will be 30,000 rps in prizes to be shared amongst the winning teams.