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Cambodian Future Houses Competition

Thursday 21 Feb 2013

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Anonymous design competition entries posted on Facebook for public vote 

In October 2012, charitable organisation Building Trust International announced details of their latest competition, inviting architects and designers to submit housing designs for a residence in Cambodia costing no more than $2,000. Working in collaboration with Karuna Cambodia, Habitat for Humanity and the Cambodian Society of Architects, Building Trust International set a brief for a simple, cost-effective housing design which takes a high risk of flooding into account.

Details of each of the submitted proposals have now been posted on Building Trust International’s Facebook site and the organisation’s contacts asked to vote for their favourite design. Click here to view all of the proposals (posted anonymously) and cast your vote. While the brief stated that the concept was for a house, the implications are great and the design will be used to influence much more that a basic residence, with the construction process also influencing the realisation of future schemes.

At the launch of the competition, Building Trust International explained: “The aim of this competition is to design a sustainable house for Cambodia’s future. The design should have a sensitivity to the tropical surroundings and where possible provide a sustainable solution that enhances the local architectural tradition, in which renewable resources like clay, bamboo and palm leaves are used to provide natural temperature and humidity regulation. However, the jury will be looking for projects that attempt to reduce this figure and would expect basic wash, toilet and kitchen facilities to be included as well as material and labour costs.”

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