New Homes For Low Income Cambodian Families Press Release

Collaboration between three NGOs results in design competition that brings new life to housing design and delivery for low income families living in Cambodia. Building Trust International, Habitat for Humanity and Karuna Cambodia announce details of the winning projects that will be built later this year.

Three international architecture firms have been announced as joint winners in a design competition that hopes to provide poor Cambodians with a better standard of living. The competition had over 600 registered entrants and a jury made up with representatives from Building Trust International, Habitat for Humanity Cambodia, Karuna Cambodia, MIT, Collective Studio, members of the Cambodian Society of Architects and most importantly the families that are going to live in the houses once they are built later this year.

The design competition asked for designs of a $2000 house that can withstand flooding and offer a safe and secure home for low income families in Cambodia. Habitat for Humanity Cambodia have supported the competition from the start and now plan to deliver these homes in the coming months giving the families that they support a chance to choose a design that relates to their specific lifestyle needs.

We are proud to announce the three winning designs;
‘Wet + Dry House’ by Mary Ann Jackson, Ralph Green, Muhammad Kamil and Nick Shearman from Australian firm Visionary Design Development Pty Ltd.

WET+DRY_HOUSE

‘Courtyard House’ by Jess Lumley & Alexander Koller from the UK.

Courtyard House

‘Open Embrace’ by Keith Greenwald and Lisa Ekle from USA.

Open Embrace

The jury picked three designs that reflected the desire to have a large flexible space to meet changing family needs, a space to rear chickens and a design that allowed for a shop front on the ground floor.

A wide range of submissions made use of sustainable materials and highlighted the need for Cambodia to look at the nature of the booming construction industry and to think about more environmentally friendly ways of meeting the housing demand. The short listed designs show both traditional and new techniques in reducing the carbon footprint of delivering new homes. There will be an exhibition in Phnom Penh in May showcasing the best designs and the winning projects.

David Cole founding partner of Building Trust international said, “The most heartwarming part of the process so far was watching a family who currently live at the hospital having the chance to choose their home and make a selection based on what matters to them. The project builds on the fantastic work that Habitat for Humanity Cambodia are already doing in the region and we are glad to be able to encourage international and local architects to get involved with helping those most in need with the basic human right to shelter.”

Bernadette Bolo Duthy, Country Director, Habitat For Humanity Cambodia said, “Habitat for Humanity Cambodia aims to build simple, decent and affordable homes. I am both happy by what the collaborators of the design competition have achieved and humbled by what remains to be done in sustainable housing for low income and vulnerable families in Cambodia. This project illustrates that the design community can also serve and impact those most in need. On behalf of the larger community who needs decent housing, we always challenge ourselves to facilitate the development and
implementation of designs that are innovative, affordable, sustainable and scalable. 2013 marks Habitat for Humanity Cambodia’s 10 years anniversary. This year we plan to build 10 houses from the design competition that our clients and home partners will choose to live in. Thanks to all the participants and collaborators for supporting us in our building homes, building community project
.”

Sokphal Kchao, Former President of Karuna Cambodia said, “The number and the quality of the submissions in this contest demonstrate the commitment of architects around the World, professionals and students alike, in the well being of Cambodia. I am grateful to have commitment from Building Trust International and Habitat For Humanity Cambodia, who are engaged throughout this long process. Their dedications will make it possible for low income families in Cambodia to live with dignity in simple quality dwelling. I expect that the contest will inspire new commitments and can be expanded with projects that respond to the specific local context.”

Jess Lumley, UK Winning entrant said,“We are delighted that our proposal has been selected by Building Trust International and a local Cambodian family. We are hugely looking forward to further involvement with both, in this ambitious and rewarding project to provide housing for a growing and increasingly urbanised Cambodian population.“

Mary Ann Jackson FRAIA, Australian Winning entrant said, “Visionary Design Development Pty Ltd is honoured to be adjudged co-winners of this important, international competition. We hope to make a modest contribution, to the life of a Cambodian family. Many thanks to the organisers and their partners, and especially to Muhammad Kamil, our Asia Pacific specialist for taking the Lead on this submission.”

Keith Greenwald, American Winning entrant said, “After previously spending time in Cambodia observing vernacular waterfront construction up close, we were excited to have the opportunity to translate our experience into practice through this competition. We are immensely more excited, though, to now be taking part in creating a new home for a Cambodian family and to be contributing to the field of design for social impact.”

Winning Student Design by Sanaz Amin Deldar, Nastaran Hadidi, Ehsan Naderi and Simak Khaksar from Iran.

Winning Student Design

Editors Notes

About Building Trust International
Building Trust International is a non-profit organisation offering design assistance to communities and individuals in need. Building Trust International assesses areas in need, finds sustainable, economical aid solutions and ultimately provides buildings and infrastructure. These core actions have blossomed into advocating and educating on the principles of socially aware design, providing an accessible resource on humanitarian design projects and providing a structure for the crossover of information between design professionals. Building Trust International is a charity registered in England and Wales (1142338).

www.buildingtrustinternational.org

About Habitat For Humanity Cambodia
Habitat for Humanity® International in Cambodia is a non-profit housing organization. Its mission is to seek to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the World, and to make decent, affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat for Humanity invites people of all backgrounds, race and religions to build or renovate houses together in partnership with families in need, and promote transformational community development.

http://www.habitatcambodia.org

Karuna Cambodia
Karuna Cambodia is dedicated to transforming the hearts and minds of the fortunate ones as well as the unfortunates ones, alleviating the suffering of individual and communities from natural disaster and beyond all invest in a future focused in education. Karuna Cambodia (EIN 45-2342894) is a U.S.- registered public charity with a 501(c)(3) status

http://www.karunacambodia.org/

Issued by Building Trust International, 20th March 2013
For further information please contact:
Louise McKillop, Co-founder/Project Manager
louise@buildingtrustinternational.org
Skype: building.trust


Thank You Note to team Australia
Congratulation team Australia (‘Wet + Dry House’ by Mary Ann Jackson, Ralph Green, Muhammad Kamil and Nick Shearman from Australian firm Visionary Design Development Pty Ltd.), winner of the Cambodian Sustainable Housing International Design Competition.
Your contribution will change not only the physical landscape of Cambodia but the aspiration of Cambodian like Sai Saporn, widow and mother of 5, who wants to open a shop to provide for her family.
On behalf of Cambodian people, Karuna Cambodia would like to express sincere gratitude for your generosity.

Team Australia

Thank You Note to team UK
Congratulation team United Kingdom  (‘Courtyard House’ by Jess Lumley & Alexander Koller), winner of the Cambodian Sustainable Housing International Design Competition.
Your contribution will change not only the physical landscape of Cambodia but the aspiration of Cambodian like Ros Sareth and Wan Sor who currently sleep at the Phnom Penh hospital with no home and nowhere to look after their two children.
On behalf of Cambodian people, Karuna Cambodia would like to express sincere gratitude for your generosity.

Team UK

Thank You Note to team USA
Congratulation to team USA (‘Open Embrace’ by Keith Greenwald and Lisa Ekle), winner of the Cambodian Sustainable Housing International Design Competition.
Your contribution will change not only the physical landscape of Cambodia but the aspiration of Cambodian like Nouv Boran, a window and mother of 5, who is looking forward to having a home where her family can live as one.
On behalf of Cambodian people, Karuna Cambodia would like to express sincere gratitude for your generosity.

Team USA