Ohana – Challenge to design a flood resilient neighbourhood
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CLIMATE CHANGE AT ITS PEAK
Climate change is here. It is real now, more than ever. There was a time when this was posed as a theoretical threat but over the course of a few years, its impact and tangible effects can be seen in different regions all over the globe.
Climate change is a complex and daunting challenge. There is evidence that proves that there is a fundamental change in people’s ideologies acknowledging this phenomenon and its urgency. Even though we are undertaking tackling measures, the speed and scale are insufficient to protect vulnerable communities from nature’s backlash.
Over the next 20-30 years, the gradual warming of Earth will create catastrophic patterns of extreme weather, melting polar ice caps and rising sea levels. The oceans are rising at an accelerated rate posing an immediate threat of flooding to coastal regions. Can large-scale collective action help in fighting the effects of climate change?
SHORELINE FLOODING AND RISING SEA-LEVELS
There has been a one-foot rise in sea level over the last century, on a global level. At this rate, by 2050, up to $106 billion worth of coastal property will likely be below sea level. Long term mitigation actions are in place, but the shoreline communities in coastal regions are experiencing the effects of the rise, right now.
Coastal regions are dense, economic centres of human activity. The rise in sea levels poses threats of intense coastal storms and flooding in these regions. The shoreline infrastructure offers the first line of defence against coastal flooding, but they are also at high risk due to the low-lying land and there are no strategies to protect them.
The sea level is predicted to rise 9 inches by 2030, 21 inches by 2050 and 36 inches by the year 2070. Waterfront neighbourhoods are vulnerable in this scenario and preventive measures are being taken to ensure the survival of these communities.
DESIGN A FLOOD RESILIENT LIVING
Brief: The challenge is to design a waterfront neighbourhood to be flood resilient in the event of a water level rise.
The neighbourhood will be built on an at-risk site in a coastal city. The design must be an ideal form of construction that can be replicated in regions with similar issues. The design must respect the existing site features and topography.
The focus is to mitigate flooding through design and planning, not just depending on engineering solutions. The landscaping and design measures that are passive and natural are to be employed in the proposal. The floodways along the water edges can be barricaded with interventions.
Strategies implemented must cause minimal built infrastructure damage and displacement. The coastal community will be living in a modest manner so interventions must be economical and sustainable by improving building performance with reduced energy and wastage.
Minimum eligible age for participation is 18 years.
There is no restriction to the degree or design disciplines to participate in the challenge.
Participation in the competition can happen in a team as well as an individual.
There is no restriction to the number of members who can participate in a team.
The challenge is open worldwide for anyone to participate.
11 April 2022, 5:00 PM GMT+02:00 – Regular registration ends
12 April 2022, 5:00 PM GMT+02:00 – Submission ends
27 April 2022, 5:00 PM GMT+02:00 – Shortlisted entries announced
03 May 2022, 5:00 PM GMT+02:00 – Jury evaluation starts starts
27 May 2022, 5:00 PM GMT+02:00 – Jury evaluation starts ends
28 May 2022, 5:00 PM GMT+02:00 – Public voting ends
09 June 2022, 5:00 PM GMT+02:00 – Result announcement
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