The Open Ideas National Competition 2022 on Improving Liveability of Small Houses organised by Habitat Forum INHAF in partnership with CREDAI Pune Metro seeks to engage practising architects, interior designers, planners, engineers and senior students of these faculties; related Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs); Government agencies; Professionals working on slum-upgrading and slum rehabilitation, and others with innovative ideas in developing proposals on Improving the Liveability of Small Low-cost Housing being constructed by public agencies and private builders under the PMAY (Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana) and other affordable housing schemes and projects.
The Competition also intends covering current and past In-situ Slum Improvements Projects and Slum Rehabilitation Projects to seek ideas on improving project design, planning, financing, and implementation of such projects.
The competition seeks innovative ideas in the challenging domain of designing small houses. It also aims to draw attention and raise awareness that:
1. The inadequate size dictated by affordability constraints could be stretched through innovations in planning, designing, and construction
2. People-centric project planning should include psychological, social, cultural and life-style factors as also the participative/ consultative practice
3. Sustainable aspects of water and energy conservation and waste management should be an integral part of the project design
4. Buildings should add to constructively to the larger urban landscape, and
5. Emphasis should also be on the ‘community’ aspects of living
This competition seeks to address the challenges faced in the supply of liveable yet affordable houses in India. Innovations are sought to deliver:
- Better Designed Small Houses
- Better Functioning Buildings with Sustainable Services and Green Building Parameters
- Better Relating Neighbourhoods
- Better Managed Community Spaces for Community living
- Better Functioning Urbanscape
The competition also seeks ideas on making the building bye-laws more realistic and sensitive to the needs of small apartments and low-cost housing. It also asks competition participants to identify and present innovative ideas and solutions created and adopted by residents in their homes to improve liveability. The main emphasis of the competition is on practical, doable, and implementable ideas.
Winners announced on 2nd August 2023
Purvis Kathiriya, Dhruv Goel, Kajal Rana, Aparna Vaish, Dnyanesh Kale, Richa Markam, Sushma Rani, Sahil Gandhi, Poonam VisaveUnique ID: INHAF-20220140
Purvis Kathiriya, Dhruv Goel, Kajal Rana, Aparna Vaish, Dnyanesh Kale,
A house is not just a space of a few meters by meters but a space where a family resides. Urban Housing shortage exists due to the rising population and increased urbanisation. Increasingly viewed as a commodity, housing is most importantly a human right. Our project aims to create homes which cater to psychological, sociological and cultural factors keeping affordability in mind. Participatory planning a n d inclusive development: poverty reduction; liveable, people centred, poor sensitive and environment friendly cities and sustainable development are the major factors taken into consideration.
Our design challenges the authority's approach of prioritizing quantity over quality in slum rehabilitation projects. The current strategy of cramming in as many houses as possible, without leaving any open spaces or providing adequate infrastructure, is flawed. Our design emphasises the importance of creating a balanced and sustainable living environment that includes open spaces for community gathering and recreation, as well as access to basic services like water, sanitation, and healthcare. We believe that the authority's approach disregards the needs and aspirations of slum residents, and our design aims to shift the focus toward creating livable and inclusive communities.
Bibi Syeda Hafiza Jamal
Unique ID: INHAF-2036
Bibi Syeda Hafiza Jamal