HER PLACE Design Competition, Women’s Empowerment Centre Architecture Contest, Architectural News
HER PLACE Design Competition
5 May 2021
HER PLACE Design Challenge Winner
Women’s Empowerment Centre Design Challenge Results Announced:
Global design challenge engages architects, designers and engineers to create an innovative design proposal for a women’s empowerment centre in Devachuli, Nepal. The winning design to be built this year will continue the outreach work of Kanallan, supporting the improvement of women’s rights
A collaborative team from the USA and Nepal has been announced as the winner in a design challenge that hopes to provide a safe, secure and inviting new environment for empowering Nepalese women and girls. The design was selected out of proposals from more than 20 countries. The local jury members praised the winning design for its careful sensitivity to local culture, uniqueness and inclusive approach to design
The new centre will improve access to healthcare, education and recreation that unfortunately many young women lack from an early age through to womanhood. The creation of the centre will strengthen an existing outreach and mentor program being provided by Kanallan and the local charity Jagriti Child and Youth Concern Nepal. These services will support gender equality in the region as well as offering workshops, classes and critically a safe haven for individuals or families in abusive situations. The winning design was selected for being welcoming, open and inclusive but also providing a strong, safe, solid looking building which can withstand the local climate and extreme weather conditions.
The successful proposal showed a real understanding of the importance in creating spaces informed by the local culture. A water well at the front for example creates an informal meeting place and a wall to show inspirational stories of local women provides an engaging positive area. These are just a few of the elements which went beyond the original design brief.
The Winning team Dibyaswor LAMICHHANE, Registered Architect Kathmandu, Nepal and Dikshya POUDYAL, LEED AP, BD+C Houston, Texas, USA said:
“It is a great deal for us designers to see our design realized. When we heard about the competition on our turf, we wanted to contribute to this social cause. Our concept was to design an iconic building to represent women’s strength, while also providing a safe and supportive environment. We were very meticulous about the building materials and wanted to implement economic sustainability through architecture. We hope our design serves the purpose and empowers women in the society.”
A wide range of submissions made use of sustainable materials and highlighted the need for passive cooling, ventilation and natural lighting. The short listed designs showed a creative range of well thought out ideas. The honourable mentions included teams from Russia, China, France and Spain.
David Cole Founding Partner of Building Trust international said, “The challenge was a very difficult one for the jury with such a high level of design quality from so many entries. We are thrilled that we were able to engage the local team and end users with the selection and there is genuine excitement to see this project realised later this year. it has the potential to change lives in a positive way for generations to come”.
Building Trust international will be working closely with Kanallan and local partners to help deliver the winning design during 2021. Once realised this government approved proposal will deliver much needed services and has the chance to be a pilot for more centres of its kind, helping establish a more equitable community at a local and national level
Quintin Clover – Founding Director of Kanallan said, “Myself and the team were absolutely blown away with the work and talent that went into the designs for this competition. The girls and young women that this building will serve feel truly a part of something special with a wonderful feeling that there is an international community out there that really cares for them and this new centre.
Although only one design could be chosen, the inspiration that myself and the team have drawn from each and every design will influence our work for many years to come. Aspects of all the submissions will be entwined in our work helping underprivileged women and children around the world. The designs have enriched our future plans and broadened our perspective of what is possible, the flair and intricacies in all the work submitted has really demonstrated how much more we could be doing with our construction projects.
The following projects received honourable mentions:
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24 Feb 2021
HER PLACE Design Challenge News
Building Trust are very excited to announce the launch of our 9th Design Competition. The competition entitled HER PLACE challenges architects, designers and engineers to submit an innovative design proposal for a girls’ development centre that will welcome girls from Nepalese municipalities, spreading knowledge to support rural areas and above all provide a safe environment for deeply vulnerable young women in need.
Contestants should consider the climate and site conditions, along with sustainability to create an innovative design. Building Trust international will work alongside competition partners, local government and the winning team to build the winning proposal in Nepal this year.
We would greatly appreciate any support which e-architect could give by placing the competition details and link to our website on the e-architect website and associated social media pages. Please see posters attached for your use.
The competition brief can be viewed here.
Please note when participants have registered they will receive a site plan, google map location, short video of the site, unique reference number and information on how/where to upload their proposal.
Registration: £100 ( Final day for registration 1st April 23:59pm GMT)
Announcement of winners to be posted on www.buildingtrustinternational.org – 24th April 2021
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