The Competition challenges the participants to design an urban or peri-urban housing scheme with an innovative construction system using CLT. It is to explore cross laminated timber as a building material to fulfil the need of urban housing which is one of the main objectives of the Indian Government. The aim of the compeon is to create awareness and promote Cross Laminated Timber as a primary building material for the future of housing in India. The idea is to have a system-based design to refine Housing Architecture in India making it more sustainable, green, quick and easy to construct.
The participants are invited to design an urban or peri-urban housing scheme catering to the needs of different user groups depending on a proposed site context. There is no defined site location for this Compeon. The participants are free to select a site in an urban or semi-urban fabric anywhere in the Indian context. Although, the design proposals are expected to develop a response with the chosen context and its climatic conditions. The program is divided into two sections as described below and participants are free to choose any one of them for their design proposals.
PROGRAM A: Innovative Mid to High-rise Building
For Mid to High-Rise Building, to make the design proposal feasible and realizing that fire safety is a prime consideration, the height is restricted to 30 meters. The number of units for the urban housing scheme can be considered between 50-100 units and the size of the units can vary according to the chosen user groups.
PROGRAM B: Innovative Low-rise detached Housing/Villas
For Low-Rise Housing/Villas, the number of units is 50 units and the size of the units can vary according to the chosen user groups.
The design compeon targets to introduce the innovative use of Cross Laminated Timber in the Indian Context; hence the design proposal should explicitly focus on innovative structural as well as spaal building systems which can explore the use of CLT in the building industry. The participants are also allowed to pick up existing housing projects and redesign the building system using CLT as the primary material. The proposed system can either be designed purely in Cross Laminated Timber or as a hybrid with reinforced concrete or steel or other carbon neutral/low carbon materials like stone or earth constructions.
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