The project designs and constructs a fully functional model-house with alternative and sustainable building materials, using building methods, which are suitable for owner-building and cheaper, with increased energy efficiency and quality than conventional building, for local people to experience.

 

These are the activities that our project team would like to offer the delegates of the World Design Capital: We would like to request an exhibition space where we can have an interactive exhibit of our project and where staff, students and our partners can engage with the delegates and also display some of the project processes and artefacts. We envisage setting up an exhibit that uses multimedia including the designs and construction processes. Depending on the space provided, we envisage displaying a small-scale model of the house;

 

It is important that our delegates are able to observe and interact with those staff and students who are actively involved in the project. Therefore a tour to our university campus will be arranged for delegates to visit our on campus exhibition space where detailed discussions, demonstrations and presentations can take place; and In order for our delegates to experience and interact with our project in a real-life community context, we envisage arranging a practical building experience to take place on a community site where they can actively participate in some of the construction processes. This process will enable the delegates to see the design come to life in a tangible and practical way.

How does it use design to improve lives?

The design aims to reduce costs and increase the speed of low-cost housing construction, using sustainable, environmentally friendly processes, products and materials, aiming to make housing accessible to everyone. It combines commercial income generating activities with domestic living. Aesthetically, it improves on traditional RDP housing, adding an attractive element to the community. Spatially, it effectively uses space creatively for the benefit of the users. The energy efficient structure contributes positively to the health, comfort and well-being of the community end-user. Home owners can experience greater ownership, pride and participation as the design encourages interaction between the community and the environment.