2018 Design-Build Challenge in Gambia, Earth Architecture Competition, Contest News

2018 Design-Build Challenge in Gambia

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29 May 2017

Design-Build Challenge in Gambia 2018

2018 Design-Build Challenge in Gambia

Take the CHALLENGE! Own the Knowledge!

Nka Foundation is issuing a challenge to designers, architects and builders to use their creativity to come up with modern mud types for rural Gambia.

This is a live project! Nka Foundation will select 10 project teams to realize their projects between January 2018 to December 2019. Nka will partner with each team to organize an international building workshop to, onsite, design and build a unit of a vocational skills center.

2018 Design-Build Challenge in Gambia

The challenge is to design and build one of the following types for the vocational school: a house type for the international volunteers and visiting staff, dormitory type for local students, cafeteria type, a classroom type, office building type, or dwelling type for the local teachers. You have 10 months to immerse in the local community, conduct site analysis and with some international volunteers build your design through use of local earth and other materials.

The project may start in any month of 2018 or early 2019, but must be completed by December 2019. Keep in mind that you are designing for a student population of 200 people. Three local youths will be available to serve as your trainee to provide you with manual labor and access to local resources.

Is your design buildable? Why not take the design-build challenge and find out! To Nka Foundation, designing is not the whole thing. If you are an emerging designer, this is a unique opportunity to learn-by-doing to own knowledge about sustainable design, earth construction and project management. Nka Foundation has come to know that by immersing the young design in the full circle of designing and building own design, at the completion of the design-build process, the emerging practitioner will learn to design what is buildable to make a well-rounded graduate.

For the professionals, you will find the hands-on design and construction experience a pause from your office work stress to rediscover the rudiments of architecture and nuances that can refresh your practice. Through an open call for volunteers, each project will bring together volunteers from different countries to help you build your design.

USABILITY TESTING: How user-centered is your design? You will find out by designing, building and test-using the built unit. Usability testing is to help generate data for evaluating the built environment, if necessary, improve the design to create a more user-centered design.

You can write a book to document your design-build journey from start to finish. Interested? Email your portfolio and CV to us at [email protected] / www.nkafoundation.org

7 Apr 2017

Mud House Design Competition 2017

Nka Foundation Announces the 5th Earth Architecture Competition, Designing a Rural Arts Centre for Senegal

Nka Foundation, a nonprofit organization that exists to serve underserved communities in Africa through arts and design.

The time has come for the 5th Earth Architecture Competition: Designing a Rural Arts Centre for Senegal.

Earth Architecture Competition

Announcement posters for the construction of the winning designs in the 4th Earth Architecture Competition: Designing a School for Ghana:
Earth Architecture Competition Ghana 2017

Ghana Rammed Earth Architecture Competition 2017

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Winners of 4th Earth Architecture Competition

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