Uncommon Solutions for Common Problems The My Shelter Foundation is a non-stock non-profit organization that aims to create a system of sustainability and replicability through its capability-building and employment generating projects. My Shelter empowers its beneficiaries and uses their energies as the greatest force for their upliftment.
One of the My Shelter Foundation’s goals is to find innovative solutions to fight climate change through sustainable, eco-friendly, low-cost, disaster-resistant structures.
With this goal in mind, we have developed a program that will:
Create an eco-friendly, sustainable, disaster resistant community for the urban poor
Proactively help in lowering the country’s carbon footprint by creating a community which uses less energy through green architecture
BACKGROUND THE POOR ARE THE MOST VULNERABLE
In the Philippines:
1.25 million families
live in informal settlements
20% of these families
live in danger zones
Housing need is estimated to reach 3.75 million units by 2010*
*According to the Medium Term Philippine Development Plan 2004-2010
BACKGROUND THE POOR ARE AT THE FOREFRONT OF RISK
Among the most disaster prone countries in the world
Increase in frequency & intensity of tropical cyclones
In 6 hours, brought 341.3 mL of rainfall causing floods and landslides (more rainfall than Katrina)
$237M total damages, $93M infrastructure damages
Resulted in 464 deaths and misplaced hundreds of families
TYPHOON KETSANA (ONDOY) September 26, 2009 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typhoon_Ketsana_(2009)
TYPHOON KETSANA (ONDOY) September 26, 2009
Radical & immediate Social & Climate adaptation
Arm the poorest communities because they are the most unprepared and are at most risk
VICIOUS CYCLE Billions of pesos have been poured in by the government for rehabilitation and reconstruction. DESTRUCTION DESTRUCTION RECONSTRUCTION RECONSTRUCTION
It’s about time the country breaks the vicious cycle of destruction-death-rehabilitation-destruction… DESTRUCTION DESTRUCTION RECONSTRUCTION RECONSTRUCTION
… and start being better and building better! DESTRUCTION RECONSTRUCTION RESILIENCY PROGRESS
What has My Shelter Foundation done in 2009?
In 2009 Project: MILLENNIUM SCHOOL A design competition for school buildings in developing countries located in the tropics to facilitate the emergence of new sustainable design solutions and appropriate technologies that will improve the quality of school buildings in the developing world. FOCUS: RURAL SCHOOL BUILDINGS
Bamboo Schools Winning Design Eleena Jamil (Malaysia) Building Completion Jan 2010
What will My Shelter Foundation do for 2010?
a design competition for sustainable, disaster-resilient, affordable housing for the urban poor that can be built in the tropics Urban Design Challenge 2010
To bring together architects around the world to find solutions to the problem of obsolete shelter and community designs in the developing world that are at the forefront of climate change reinforced natural disasters through architectural and structural resiliency against strong typhoon winds and heavy rains. THE VISION
Winning design will be used to construct housing wherein 250 teachers and their families devastated by Ketsana will be relocated. THE GOAL
to foster local and global awareness on Climate Adaptability and its relevance to poverty alleviation main hypothesis of this project is that having safer structures "ahead of time" will not only lead to less injury, number of climate refugees, and loss of life and property, but will empower communities to uplift their quality of life. OBJECTIVES
to build the first green, affordable, disaster-resistant village in the Philippines that could serve as the blueprint of how families in vulnerable areas can successfully cope with the impacts of climate variability. OBJECTIVES
to build an Encyclopedia of climate-resilient, affordable design solutions that can be used and repeatedly referred to in the near future, and that could help facilitate the development of policies that address these humanitarian challenges. OBJECTIVES
DAtE BUILDING BLOCKS DAtE Competition Compilation Construction Relocation and Maintenance
PROPONENTS Provided land for the housing, and some funds for the competition. Help in maintaining the structure once done. General Secretariat Will run the competition and provide technical expertise.
PROPONENTS Endorses competition and provide resources for research and development. Help in building the housing units.
PROPONENTS Invite international partners, architects and other individuals to join this cause.
LOCATION: Taguig, Philippines next to Taguig City University
March 5, 2010 Competition launch (Press launch in Manila) Mar. 28, 2010 Run Against the Elements Fundraiser in Manila September 24, 2010 Deadline for registration October 5, 2010 Deadline for submission of questions October 15, 2010 Deadline to dispatch answers to questions November 19, 2010 Deadline for submission of entries December 1-3, 2010 Judging December 8, 2010 Announcement of Winners January 14, 2011 Awarding (tentative) 1 st Quarter 2011 Start construction in site SCHEDULE
Building typhoon-resistant housing is only one part of the solution. To be fully adaptable to climate change, communities should be ready and equipped to survive through anticipated typhoons by becoming self-reliant and having the necessary facilities for post-disaster support.
Develop a master plan for a village of 250 housing units that can be applied to other similar urban sites.
Integrate development that addresses the sustainability of the community by understanding the local demographic, economic, social, and environmental attributes.
Propose a design theme for the entire village to achieve a unified look, that can be applied to all structures within the community.
Provide a detailed design for a typical housing unit, including interior space planning .
Sustainability of the Built Environment.
The design should incorporate green building strategies for both community infrastructure and in housing. At a minimum, the design should include the following considerations:
Manage solar heat and natural light
Utilize natural ventilation
Waste management and minimization
Life-cycle of building
Use of locally available materials
Use of rapidly renewable materials
Developing local and international Marketing and PR Campaign DAtE WEBSITE PRESS LAUNCH FUN RUN SONG OTHER EVENTS (DAtE as Beneficiary) INTEGRATED GLOBAL CAMPAIGN, ADS: TVC, PRINT, RADIO CARDBOARD CAMPAIGN WORK TO DATE
WORK TO DATE WEBSITE: www.designagainsttheelements.org/beta
WORK TO DATE CAMPAIGN JINGLE “ Stand Up” Written by Boogie Romero of Kjwan Sung by Joey Ayala & Kjwan (and 45 other artists) Recorded at Sound Creation Studios