Very detail oriented. You obviously did your research.
One piece of advice: Less information and larger font on each slide. Think Powerpoint presentation. Slides should be cropped 1000px X 1000px. When people have to squint their eyes they tend to pass over things without reading the content.
Can't wait to see your prototypes!
You are right! thanks for your advice Zerooks, I'm having trouble myself with the reading. I will resize the fonts :)
Hey Elsap, you are very studious and you made great housing typology for different climate zones . Keep working and this gonna be great project. Great job. :))
Thank you Anonimusarh! :)
so good to see you here! Very profound research, I'm looking forward to seeing your prototypes!
Thanks is good to see you too! I will be updating as soon as I have more information, I'm sure you will take a look later
Finally a Designer trying to determine the market needs before ramming a design down our throats. Excellent start. You will go far girl. Good luck.
still a lot of work to do ! thanks for your comments I'm glad you understand the importance of research, Good luck for you too :)
i have to admit this is good work. please mess up so i don't lose a bet.
Haha I can't promise you that!
Please feel free to point out any problems with the criteria of the 300 House/competition that you may face developing a prototype. Would you require more time to finish/refine than remaining 4-5 days?
looks as if this inadvertently ended up being six projects. i personally consider more useful work has already been done by her already than any of the the highly rated projects. six form factors have been proposed to address all needed locations. i'd rather see further variation of floorplan and building materials explored for each of the 6 categories than some gratuitous photo real renderings mocked up to please a vapid jovoto audience. this contest is certainly flawed both in conception and execution. much of that has to do with the ill-concieved jovoto rewards system mixed with basic human nature.
This is a hard task and I certainly would like to have more time, a lot of matters should be consider when designing, family size, local materials, community facilities, energy, water, import cost, construction techniques, climate, social aspects and of course business opportunity! I am working hard on this, I hope I can accomplish to finish on time
Very nice presentation. You raise some interesting design and spacial aspects that others haven't touched on. Do you have ideas of possible building materials? I know you say it would be site specific....building the house for the constrictive budget is the challenge here. Many of the submissions I've seen so far could not be built for $300. By the way, I saw your photostream on flickr, neat stuff. Why is everything a white square?
The apartment is quite small so I chose white to make it feel bigger also I love the contrast of white and natural materials like wood and stone, I made those renderings for the lifeedited contest :)... Building materials, well that is why is taking me so long to finish my entry ! 300 dollars is a super low budget considering the houses are for families whit 4-9 members! Fertility rates in this countries are really high so I'm trying to design prototypes that fulfill this purpose too, families should live in a comfortable way not so cramped. Now I am working on Haiti prototype and I'm proposing heavy-duty cardboard tubes and wood structure, tubes impregnated with tar so the walls can be waterproof, I will upload this maybe tomorrow morning
third slide second row: Is it 1.2 people or 1.2% 1.2 million 1.2 billion
It's 1.2 billion, the number of people suffering from hunger is the same number of people suffering from obesity... ironic isn't? Thank you so much for noticing me :) and taking the time to read it, this facts are really important and shocking too
Excelente trabajo Elsa.
Hope you manage to update your proposal.
Muchas gracias! Eso espero me falta un montón, Good luck for you too!
Love the facts Elsap, communicating statistics visually is so critical to informing people about current conditions. I also love how you dove straight into urbanism, WOW! That's a really ambitious task, but envisioning the developing slum as a viable and prosperous place is key to improving conditions. That's just it though, personally it's hard (as far as urban development goes) to go into a slum or village and completely wipe the slate clean. How can your design flourish while engaging what is already there? The good thing is though, that because you've made an adaptable system, it already can! I would like to see more development on an individual unit though (party wall? ;)). And keep in mind, communities are more than just houses. They have markets, businesses, parks, and a whole slew of transportation. I just had a thought, what would the urbanism of a place be like based on a $300 housing type! Neat project (I love urban development ha, but keep up the good work)
Hey tdallison! It is a hard task! Massive development projects involve program mixes as you mention before also landscape is an important matter, a lot of things to think about when designing for the masses but I think it is crucial, I just can't imagine the same design of a $300 dollar house all over the world as you said it has to be an adaptable system, About your thought I think it would be amazing! I think a place based on low-cost buildings achieves greater actions with the least possible resources, simple technology and citizens participation are the key :) Is great that you love urban development , as I see it architecture without urbanism becomes worthless. Thanks fot your comments and good luck!
Impressive research Elsa, also great presentation. I´m looking forward to see your prototypes.
Is this serious? This is a housing competition.
And your point is ???
I felt compelled to defend the project...
It is exactly because people think that this is a housing competition that we limit ourselves of innovation and relating to socio-economic issues. The project is ambitious, but it is only through research of the existing situations and local conditions that we can propose appropriate action.
A house is not just a house, but deeply connected to the livelihood of people living below poverty line, if we can use the act of building to create social consciousness for everyone and improvements and not just focus on the piece of architecture, we can truly make scalable changes.
Great project, research, design and presentation. Applaud.
Thanks Eric and Billie
I appreciate your support and the fact you truly understand the essence of my submission, I'm glad to collaborate with conscious people like you.
Eric, you couldn't explain in better words, housing design should be local not global and I agree even if a piece of architecture is stunning it will be worthless if it's untied from local conditions.
300 possibilities but bad ain't one
I was supposed to design 6 protoypes, really bad I only had the time to finish 4 :( But I will continue this work cause is really interesting and socially committed. Also I am excited to design protoype 5 (india, cambodia, bhutan, indonesia) That zone has a lot of potencial and is rich in raw sustainable materials that can be useful.
Very good study, I am impressed with your study and approach.
i am impressed with the updates. you will however need to anchor your homes with a secure foundation. consider incorporating the DIY concrete pier system you were gracious enough to look at. it will add to your cost, but it will make the project realistic.
Thanks teigan I'm glad you like it!, How much is your pier system? I think it's worth if, to spend more money in foundations and less money in facades, facades can be modular and replaceable but foundations are main structural elements
it is just the cost of the concrete. the formwork is easy to make with simple tools and is reusable. four to five piers should be more than enough for your homes. you can hang your choice of anchor bolts in the pier, then bracket on a post of any height. to be completely thorough, you should add in the cost of gravel to backfill the concrete and a few draintiles to draw the water away.
Great updates. Realy good project. Good luck!
Good luck to you too!
Nice form. Goodluck! :)
In what ever direction the group here chooses, I think you just got hired to put the final presentation together - beautiful work!
Thank you so much ! I love doing this kind of presentations, showing all the facts and make it inspirational, I believe in making an impact through design and the way an idea is presented is really important, people who are not architects or designers should be able to understand the ideas, still more important the house buyers
You are very welcome, keep it up. ;)
hola Elsa, impresionante de veras, y el resultado muy pero muy bueno, suerte! saludos :)
Hola! Muchisimas gracias! y mucha suerte para ti tambien!
Nice to see your brilliant work again. You did this very professional! Good luck! :)
Thanks a lot Vanjolina! I'm glad to see you here again :)
This is a beautifully presented material and great research work.
Data can be impressive (they also look good) but one needs to be critical on how they are applied or how useful towards the final scheme. After going through all your initial analysis slides I gather you're trying to identify which climates are the ones most prone for housing shortage (the first ones on literacy level or obesity rates they are irrelevant and distractive to your main point- i dont blame you tho, with so much datascape and fancy stararchitects applying data in superficial ways we all fall into this trap from time to time) You may have set yourself a daunting task at trying to develop housing typologies for different climates (one can easily access to this basic info at any architect's standards or NCARB books or site planning books for architects-aside the fact that locals know better which typologies work best for their climate and location) I really like some of your prototypes and maybe by focusing on certain ones you could have hit the note by touching on the 'replicability' aspect of the competition brief - as opposed to introducing several unrelated housing typologies without clear correlation to each other- be that through fabrication process, key materials that can be adapted etc.
As for the urban settlement clusters... am not sure if you can dictate not to mention 'master plan' an informal settlement unless you're suggesting a desirable evolution of the settlement by strategic laying out of basic infrastructures. great work tho! :)
Thanks a lot bocita I really appreciate your comments and I think you are absolutely right , I wish I had more time to finish my work on time, it is obvious that it is incomplete but it was a challenging task. I think information is quite useful, eye-opening specially in global poverty matters, those graphics were useful at least for me, I see those facts as a design opportunity, a house provides shelter and it can also provide food, a cheap and safe house will allow families to save money, if families are debt free they can spend money on basic needs and be healthier, rural or urban electricity projects improves literacy levels so I think it is important to take this facts seriously and imagine the social impact we can make with a community project or a house project. I know replicability is a big aspect! you are right I should developed an especial material or technic suitable for all the prototypes but my idea was to work on some service facilities such as playpumps, recycling equipments, solar cookers, common solar power systems that would be mass produced to serve this settlements around the globe and keep the houses design more sustainable based on local technics and materials. As for the urban settlement , well, a redefinition of urbanity is certainly needed It might sound utopian but a wise use of the land is crucial not only to prevent the ecological destruction but to avoid massive destruction caused by natural disasters. I think your idea would be great, strategic placing of the infraestructure could give rise to well-balanced settlements. Again thanks for your comments :)
oh no utopia is great, I'm all for positive innovation and progressive thinking. so it's great that you're thinking big. Just wanted to hint at that sometimes the simplest/minimal interventions can have the greatest effects in urban planning and design. Specially as our subject is an informal settlement. I'm sure you know all about the villa miserias in Latin America (as I guess you are South America) that show great potentials in terms of community creation and natural casual interaction. Venezuela's terraced settlements, Rio's favelas, Mexico's housing by Huixquilucan area etc :) and no designer/planner designed/planned these, they just happened without any technocrats' dictum from above. best, mucha suerte!
hi bocita, never been to Argentina but is really interesting that villa miserias is even a tourist attraction! We can't deny these shanty towns are unique, I live in Mexico city, one of the largest, and there are a lot of these settlements and as you said simple interventions really work like street improvement, energy, parks or playgrounds, city farms and even facade plastering and painting. Unfortunately some other places require large-scale infraestructure and in the worst case scenario, clearance. Thank you very much for all your comments It's nice to read your thoughts! :)
Very thoughtful approach, especially in applying "systems" to the myriad conditions and opportunities, instead of proposing a universal design. However, as prototypes, there seem to be alot of contingent construction methodologies at work in each option; that is, footings need to be built, then platforms, then structure, then walls, then roofs, etc. This raises two issues. Cost: could these be realised for $300, without relying on free labour and/or free materials? Logistics: do the demands of so many different materials and systems make it too complicated to truly be universal in its adaptability?
These comments aren't intended criticisms of the individual units, which are very well considered in the context of traditional architecture and construction.
Perhaps we need to consider that these industries globally have failed to deliver on low cost housing in any significant manner. Do we, collectively, need to assess the demands (as you have done so comprehensively) and look at other industries and methodologies to provide the solutions?
It is some measure of the proposition that it raises these issues, and more, instead of simply generating a babble about what it looks like.
Well done; I look forward to seeing where you go with all your research and responses.
Thank you leanproductions for your comments ! A lot of methodologies you are right.. that's because I was thinking of an unsettled design I mean prototypes that could change, adapt, adjust, grow something that could be motivational for familiy members giving them the chance to improve their houses, only the main structure and foundation are permanent for some of the prototypes, for some others walls are permanent due to insulation issues but have a separated wood structure that can even make a second story possible. I think the demands of materials would be a problem in a place like Haiti for sure but not for the other cases, that's why I proposed a cardboard facade for Haiti to counteract imported wood costs (There is no wood left in Haiti) As a conclusion from this work I think a low cost housing project must consider a modular system that allows improvement and adaption in order to be succesful. Thanks for taking the time :)
nice simple idea and brilliant presentation!good luck:)
Thanks a lot! I'm glad you like it :)
it seems my endorsement is huring your ratings. so let me say how much i hate this idea and disagree with the approach. you're not at all intelligent or drop dead gorgeous either.
a truly magnificent proposal. hot infographics. wonderful research. and i especially like how you go beyond the unit to show massing and how it would react in a community setting... showing the potential for how it builds communities and provides various functions. that is what i think is lacking from so many entries.
the rendering you show in slides 25 & 32 looks like a rather idyllic formation considering how dense slums can become and especially in disaster relief encampments. i'm curious to see how your units react in hyper-density scenarios when units start to bump up against one another in unexpected ways...
i love that you took on so many types to respond to various different situations. this is a massive problem when designing for a "universal" dwellings for the poor; a veritable challenge for all contestants. you managed to address the problem both from a very large scope and drilled it down to strategies of geometry and construction. very nice.
this is by far one of my most favorite entries. it would be nice to combine your ideas with that of http://www.jovoto.com/contests/300house/ideas/12817. my other favorite entry. these projects show great promise for how communities may have a chance to thrive on a larger, more-networked level, instead of how a single unit may "meet" all the needs for dwelling. It just doesn't work like that.
Hi downwithg! I don't know what happened but I replied to your comment days ago ! I'm so flattered! thanks a lot for your comments you are right is and idyllic fomation a hyper dense settlement looks completely different! I wanted to make a healthy and safe proposal that's why I'am making some space for landscape and for enough air to go trhough. Again thank you very much I'm happy to receive great contributions like yours! :)
A very nice set of ideas! Thank you for broadening the dialogue here
I just don't know how I could have missed this before; I guess my eye is drawn more to images of buildings than to pure graphics.
Fantastic research and presentation work! Though it is difficult to work through such a volume of material when it is reduced so much, graphically; but it is worth the effort.
I'll have to ponder it a bit more, but in the meantime, did you provide a budget breakdown? If so, I didn't notice it. And I'm not entirely clear on how the urban fabric is formed, which makes it hard to calculate the overall potential density, and how it might grow in the future.
Hi Antero Thanks for your nice comments! About the budget breakdown I am working on some graphics I will upload later to my flickr profile of course I hope you can take a look and about the overall potential density well it is something really hard to plan or predict, I discussed this above with bocita a great strategy would be to place the infraestructure and then the houses wil adapt to this... density, well I think is really important to pay attention to this matter, the world is becoming urban really fast and that doesn´t mean is the right way to go, slums are the result of this I believe in empowering rural communities to slow down migration I know this sounds ambitious but living in cramped slums is dangerous and unhealthy. I am proposing a permanent structure for each household that provides shelter and safety on a reasonable dwelling unit, the growth should be controlled by infraestructure and services
Well Well Done!!!! So cool when people comes to task with all responsibility and interest! Rare thing, if you wanna know the truth)))) Excellent work!
haha ay caramba!
Thank you so much Borhes! Thanks a lot for your stars!!! :D
What I love about ELSAP11 ideas is how the idea is coupled to infographics. It is beautiful!
Muchisimas gracias Yair!
Excelente presentacion y sobre tus renders con las fotos de las personas nativas de la zona.
PD: Que le pasa a ese Teigan?
Gracias Abigail! jaja cree que por su culpa me han bajado el rating, te deseo muchísima suerte!
Es una presentación un poco ... larga ... y seria bueno ver ... un poco mas los detalles constructivos ! Pero en general es un buen diseño y exisitos Renders ! Suerte :o!
Hola Ivalpocity! gracias por tus comentarios, un poco larga si y los detalles no me dió tiempo! por eso decidi hacer axos, que tengas mucha suerte!
I can't help but to look again at this entry because I know I can learn a lot from this; especially that I'm now on my thesis year in studying architecture. The design is great. I just wished that it had cost estimates. But nevertheless, I gave you 10 stars. Goodjob! :)
Kickingfish Thank you so much for your stars!!!!!! I'm so glad my entry is useful for you! I would love to see your thesis proposal, I wish all the best to you in the contests and completing your thesis :)
The graphics and analysis are impressive. We know Elsap's heart is for this work, and that with a little more time this could be a very important project.
My questions- in most slums isn't it impossible to do the city planning level that she gives a lot of attention to?
And it's easy to show all those verticals for a structural system, but they don't stand up by themselves! Bracing will be needed, whether from wall panel materials or not. The actual way to build may be more important than generalizations about building.
Without some more accurate construction systems tied to costs, I don't feel it's really a finished project. Things like cardboard tubes impregnated with tar are an interesting option- but how thick would the bundle have to be to hold up what needs holding up? How does the tar smell inside on a hot day?
Aren't there some people who've melted wax onto cardboard to water-proof it- I'd love to see some real workable things like this.
Other materials seem a bit too heavily weighted to manufactured materials to be practical for the poor. OSB board decays if exposed to weather but costs a bit.
I think a single prototype that could be built for $300 would have made this a good project.
Hi PStouter well I have to disagree with you, the city planning is one of the most important things to give attention to as I said it above to Antero slums are a distressing manifestation of urbanization, we should not be designing to adapt to slums, is time to start planning from beginning to end and stop the emerging problem, slums improvement is not enough in most cases.
You are right about bracing I just did not have the time to draw all those details as I focused on other aspects but I agree building techniques are important I didn't mean to make generalizations
There are many ideas here, but show me one practical one with plans and prices. Each system of building requires different amounts of bracing dependent on materials used. I have been building houses for 30 years and have a pretty good intuitive sense on what will work and what won't. I could easily say lets build a house out of OSB board or corrugated reinforced roofing, but until you have actually tried something, you wont know how strong it will be and how much material will be required.
I haven't tried any of this and I am 24 so I have not been building for 30 years... I can only contribute with this ideas and I will be thrilled to build one of these prototypes some day and learn from it, I wish I had your experience :)
Good research and excellent graphics, but then your design is just a typical building. Please put more thought into your product - if you make it as good as your presentation you will have a winner.
Judy I just wanted to keep it simple and efficient but you've made a point, thanks! :)
WOW!!! EXCELLENT WORK!!! VERY PRO!!!
Thank you soooo much Xavier!!!!!!! :D
Great statistics and good work!
te había puesto 9 pero no puedo evitar decir que merece un 10 asi que 10 estrellas para ti :) esta genial!
Jesko, Thaaanks!!!! a lot !!!
cool work! you have my 10!
thank you very much bonibom!!!!
The most complete and trully well researched one
Planning for each segment to be developed is a must
The conflict lies in the apparent desire to allow eachuser to make decisions
or to DICTATE to them what they should be doing
When I lived in the mountains of Oaxaca and built houses for the Mije indians I learned that they met (all the villagers) once a week to discuss the priorities of the group. There never was ONE person in charge , They all discussed their concerns
and invariably the meeting ended when all of them agreed as to what direction they should take
It was a very humbling experience for me (Fresh out of college and knowing everything) Somehow that lesson should be applied here , There is no ONE
solution as we all agree to , BUT there should be a start of the
PRIORITIES that have to evolve from exercises as these
As Ive stated earlier we must build the best BUILDABLE concepts
by whatever methods we decide to choose them and TEST them in the real world . We HAVE to engage governments and Private Industry and CHALLENGE them ( Perhaps embarras them) into action
What about sending a link of this contest to Mr. Gates of Ohpra or dare I say even the UN. I have seen so many contestants with actual projects being built in the real trenches , My hat off to them
BRAVO for all of you young folks thinking about this very noble and needed challenge
It's nice to hear you worked in Oaxaca! amazing place with an incredible culture but one of the poorest zones in Mexico, I'm sure it was quite an experience and I agree with you decisions should be taken by mutual agreement but always whit some guidance. Thanks a lot for your comments and for your contribution in this competition, sharing your experience and work is really important for architects like me who are starting in the field.
I wish you my best and hope this contest can make an outrageous impact!
The costumer problems are uncountable, lack of economic resources, deficient or even non-existence infraestructure (water, energy, services, transportation, roads, schools, hospitals, sanitatio) overcrowding, lack of food, and all the concepts I'm showing IN SLIDE NUMBER 1.
How does my design adress the customer pain points? Engaging physical, social and economic scenarios, selecting 6 of the most affected zones and making a variety of approaches. The design will provide shelter and it's also improvable, people will contribute to build their houses and communities that will emphasize citizen involvement and subsequently development. Local materials reduce transportation and import, saving energy and using less packing plus local industry can develop from this. To fully adress the pain points the design should be local, socially engaged, environmentally aware, inventive and cross-disciplinary.
MODULAR, LOCAL, EFFICIENT The innovative element of the design are the permanent structure and the removable elements working as a whole, separating structure from skin allows flexibility , the houses can be upgraded easily. Modular solutions also allow recycling and reuse. Innovating and minimazing energy consumption by using sustainable materials, natural ventilation, passive solar and rain water collection.
you know the presentation is good when you don't have to read anything!
the proposal shows a good technical understanding without comprising the design. the houses look awesome (i love the group 3 prototype, one of the most beautiful things I've seen on Jovoto!).
anyway, good luck and well done. 10 from me!
Thanks a lot!!! My favorite is also number 3! Thanks a lot for your stars!!
Wow I see it all in the exploded view.
At the end you could complete your proposal, excellent work!
Wooow! Great research! I hope one day we don´t need to think about how to create a cheap house for poor people, because finally there will not be any poor people anymore. The only thing we as artists can do is to shout our messages out into the world... We´re on it! :-)
I am so impressed! A big 10 to you!
Muchas muchas gracias!
well done! :)
Thanks Martina! :D
Woow, I am impressed. This is very well thought idea. You deserved this award.
Thank you so much!! I´m glad you like my idea!
Wow, enhorabuena Elsa, échale ganas y suerte en ese desmadre del workshop.
muchas gracias y felicidades a ti también! !!
Enhorabuena Elsa, gran trabajo !
Muchas gracias Alfonso!
You did it! ;)
And you truly deserve it!
Hi Borhes!! Thanks a lot!!
Thanks!!!! I´m sure you will win first place!! my best :)
So which one are you hoping to prototype? My favorite is slide 29
all of them! I m so excited! I like your choice I would love to build prototype 2 :)
Congrats. Truly deserve it!
Thank you!!! Congratulations to you! see you soon I hope!
That´s true: What a wonderful work! My favourite is prototype 3, but all proposals are great!!!
Congratulations, I´ve forgotten to say that...:-)
Aleks, kabe and voto, thank you all for your congratulations! I am very grateful to you and happy ! :D
Nice! Love it! Congrats!
Congratulation Elsap... :D very clever idea...!:D
Thanks a lot Andre!
Great contest, congrats
Thank you! I´m happy you like it
Congrats..!!!!!!! Excellent work
Thanks a lot peregrino! :)
Why did this not win first prize? Even though there are also no 300usd houses here, and some of the houses have serious flaws, the designs are versatile, new, intelligent and good looking. To me, there is no plan that will ever function without looking at the science and reality of things first. This guy did. Great stuff.
I loved your work!! It is creative and sustainable but supported with science and not hippy magic like many other entries. Do you have a portfolio perhaps?