Posted on: June 25th, 2021
DEPLOY CHALLENGE: Deploy invites architects, designers, engineers, and student fraternity, from around the globe to take part in the world’s first-ever cyclone relief shelter design challenge. The Deploy is one of the world’s most coveted competitions recognizing design ideas for emergency shelters. It recognizes exceptional concepts that redefine quick shelter design through the implementation of innovative ideas, techniques, construction, visuals, and technology through architecture as a tool.
Deploy embarks itself on technological and engineering innovations which are about to go big, and sets architecture free to innovate more in these uncharted and heavily testing directions. It is one of its kind platforms that promote the wayfinding during the crucial time between the catastrophe and its relief response.
Reinterpreting standard cyclone shelter typology for rural areas in Bangladesh.
“The home unit has a dome-like structure and is built for two families. According to the UNHCR guideline, the area per person for shelter should be 3.5m2 and the average number of people per household is 4.5 in Bangladesh. The family bedroom on the 1st floor is 22.3 m2 and therefore sufficient for 6 people.
The ground floor has a smaller footprint as the exterior walls slant inward. This is to reduce the amount of façade exposure to the sun and allow a smaller roof overhang to be more effective. In the long term, a single unit can be used by single-family instead of two. The overall dome shape also assists the natural ventilation as warm air rises to the roof where it escapes via windows.
The unit is intended to float as the 60 empty sealed barrels give the structure buoyancy during a flood. The unit is anchored to the ground via 4.5m tall columns which are 4 in numbers.”
Concept / Idea: Analysis of natural conditions, such as climate (wind, solar, heat). Adaptation to local conditions: Well taken into consideration. Adaptability to various locations, scales, and topographies reasonable.
Feasibility of the idea: Commendable.
Use of local materials, techniques, labor skills: Well considered. All materials are locally available, and techniques introduced are locally familiar.
Waste management & sanitation: Recycling waste materials is given adequate attention. Sanitation is considered to a reasonable extent.
Flooding: Realistic and simple structural solution.
Structural clarity and feasibility: Well considered. The structure is rather complicated with various panel sizes, but on the other hand, it provides durability and flexibility at the same time. The use of local materials and techniques that are familiar to local workmen is crucial, and very well taken into account.
Architectural quality: The proposal provides flexibility but the dome structure with a heavy thatch roof lacks elegance.
Presentation Clarity and quality of images, detailing, and overall layout: Commendable.
Clarity of textual material, narratives, justification of design choices: Commendable. Site plan, logistics: Natural conditions, flexibility, and scalability well considered. Consideration of local socio-cultural features: Well considered. Gender balance and different needs acknowledged. Community engagement, communal spaces: Good. Opportunities provided for communal meetings, and various activities.
Privacy: The unites provide adequate privacy. Safety: The site plan allows escape routes. All organic materials may cause a fire risk at times. Adaptability to changing conditions over time: Flexibility provided. Local materials allow easy repair of worn-out structures._ Saija Hollmén
The proposal is deeply argued and seriously analyzed. The connections between materials (local and possible to use with low costs and maximum effect), space, and function doubled by the volatile nature of stability (floating) are praiseworthy assets. The functions need to be refined in relation to the centralized space._ Marius Miclaus
The shape is too complex and therefore does not improve habitability or make it a faster answer: on the contrary. We consider that the Miesian principle of “Less is more” is, in these cases (cyclone shelters), extremely valid._ Fatima Fernandes
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