We invite you to post an introductory statement to briefly introducing yourself and any professional experience and connections you are bringing to the successes of the Mud House Design 2014. You can then go on to post a question, your suggestions or comments.
We appreciate your availability to serve as one of the judges of the entries to the MUD HOUSE DESIGN 2014. The judges for the competition consists of a Preselection Jury and the Grand Jury. The Preselection Jury includes architects, arts and design professionals, international development practitioners and academics. The Grand Jury involves established practitioners in earth architecture and architects/designers associated with the academy. This is an Online competition; the jury sessions will, in that way, be via Online. We will provide a link to all the submitted design entries. The jury procedure is explained in the attachment above. The task of the jury will be in September 2014, after the submission deadline.
As a member of the Jury, you will help us through use of the Judges Scoring Sheets to evaluate the entries in line with the judging criteria: (1) FUNCTIONALITY: Space patterns and usage, climatic performance, and sustainability over time; (2) AESTHETICS: Visual / aesthetic appeal; and (3) TECHNICAL: Adaptive / creative use of abundant local materials and labor to the degree they enhance the design, resource efficient construction process, and attention to scalability. Decisions of the jury will be final and binding.
Design the announcement poster and other promotional materials for promoting the workshop
Recruit 16 to 20 international participants and engage in preparatory dialogue
Arrive at the workshop site to observe the local architecture & lifestyle and refine the design entry
Build the project
Promote the results on professional platforms via published project report, conference presentation, etc.
NOTE: Event promotion is about reaching potential participants and driving them to the event. To maximize the results, we want to use both traditional, offline tools and and online resources. How can your team promote your workshop to attract 16 to 20 international participants? On this page, we have listed some common ways to accomplish this task. As you will read below, some workshop teams would be able to recruit participants by creating a page on Facebook event, www.travbuddy.com, or www.meetup.com and inviting the target population to visit the page and register to participate in the workshop. Even so, your choice of marketing strategies to reach the goal, would be according to your preferences and in line with the specific skills or knowledge you are brining to the table. At the moment, we promote our workshops by designing an announcement poster, emailing to our mailing list, listing our program in websites including career services website at some universities, and by publishing the project report. Often, we publishing a press release.
In light of this, your workshop team will have to share the announcement through your own networks- Facebook, email, and other ways of organizing a community around your Ghana workshop. Ask if you can pin the workshop announcement poster on community bulletin boards in local grocery stores, schools of architecture & design, or similar places in your city.
It will help if you position yourself as an expert (or one on verge of it) in your industry in light of your greatest strengths and best practices that you are bringing to the workshop. Read your local newspapers to identify a reporter who covers the community beat. Pick up the phone, ask for the reporter and make your 1 minute pitch based on your checklist. They may want to come out and interview you.
On this page, we will discuss the design concept for the traveling exhibition of the design entries and set the necessary conditions before inviting the venues to host the exhibition. The exhibition will be available for traveling beginning in November 2014. I invite you to the conversation, keeping in mind the submission format.
SUBMISSION FORMAT: (1) Along with the design entry, submit a text file (Word format) containing the design statement (600 words max) for publication purposes. The design statement should include material description, budget in USD, and the entrants’ personal information including name, profession, address, and email address. (2) Three A1 presentation boards submitted as JPG files of high-quality resolution to be printed in landscape format. The file size of each presentation board must not exceed 3MB… Required submittals include the site plan, floor plan, elevations, sections, perspective views, roof plan, construction details and sequences (as appropriate) and project statement explaining the design.”
There are several ways a traveling exhibition of this kind can be organized: (1) All the design entries could be printed out and mounted professionally for the traveling exhibition and shipped from venue to venue. This may include models of some of the submitted entries. If this is the option, we can invite a collective such as DesignCorps (http://www.corcoran.edu/designcorps) to take up this task. (2) We can also approach it as venue-participatory act. By this, each venue would look at all the submitted design entries. The venue will select what they want to exhibit and how they wish to exhibit it- to best enable their targeted audiences access the messages, stories and objects of the exhibition. The display could be electronically or in a three-dimensional space.
In general, exhibition designs endeavor to communicate a message by engaging the audiences in meaningful and compelling interactions. In light of this, the question we need your answers/feedbacks is: Which ways of exhibiting do you think would work out best in creating experiences that engage and educate audiences in the context of Mud House Design 2014? Why? Is there any one us teaching a design or architecture course, who would like to (with his/her students) participate and design the exhibition in their own language for exhibition in their school/region, as a part of the course in 2014 or 2015?
Hello Giacomo Cassio, Thank you for your question and concerns. You asked: “Are there any jurisdictional guidelines for the placement of the latrine?” No open sewage. The cistern flush toilet system and pour-flush toilet type are the convention. Either of these could be a room within the building or an out unit, as long as the toilet system has the water seal to avoid the problems associated with oudor and insects.
Within the budget of the Mud House Design 2014, here are successful examples: The Easy Latrine system is a best example, see it on YouTube: by www.ideorg.org It is a simple, pour-flush latrine, with an offset tank to collect the feces and urine. Easy Latrine system consists of of three precast concrete rings that are dropped into a six-foot hole to act as a reservoir; a concrete slab on that; and a pan”. The goal was to design a latrine that is effective, inexpensive and attractive to user.
Discussions About the Exhibition Content and Nomination of Venues To Host a Traveling Exhibition of all Submitted Design Entries at Universities, Architecture Associations and Influential Architecture/Design Firms.
STRATEGIC MARKETING AND PROMOTIONAL PLAN FOR MUD HOUSE DESIGN 2014 PROTOTYPING WORKSHOPS
Because new workshop teams are emerging, we thinking that one approach to the task is to compile some Do-It-Yourself Promotional/Marketing strategies that each workshop team can use as a guide to promote and raise fund for their workshop by themselves. So read on, go through all of the posts below. Choose the strategies that you are likely to have most success with, and personalized them to your workshop. Then create a press release to announce your workshop.
CREATING A PRESS RELEASE
One way to let your entire community know about the life-changing adventure you are about to embark on is to create and send out a press release. This can help to bring in financial support, while drawing much needed public attention to the cause you will be working on during your stay in Ghana. Send the press release to your local newspapers, radio stations, Online media and newsletters asking them to help spread the word, direct people to your fundraising page and encourage the community to support your Ghana Project. The press release should be written by you and needs to contain all the pertinent information about your endeavor. A press release is a written statement to the media about your Ghana Project in a way that is newsworthy, while seamlessly soliciting donations- such as availing opportunities for public presentation about your project and saying the amount you must raise to go to Ghana. It should be motivational, a call-for-action. To make your press release impactful, consider the following: How would your design response to the rural/sustainable development issue refresh or change the rural world? Briefly explain your project and the social problem/cause your project is addressing. Include pictures of yourself/design solution and your destination. Why must others care that you go? That is, what global lessons and professional/social implications will your participation in the project in Ghana bring to the global marketplace ideas or practice? Sending out the press release in your home town is an effective way to solicit donations by publicly getting the word out on your plans to volunteer abroad. Follow up with the publication staff to see if they need more information and when the story might be printed.
See an example of press release on our previous project: prlog.org/11205664. You can also google “sample press release” as a model for your own fundraising efforts. It should be at the maximum, a page long. If you desire, the staff at Nka would be happy to review your press release before you send it to the newspapers.
As you find successes, we invite you to post examples from the successes of your efforts, documents and useful links to Online resources that will help other teams or participants achieve this objective.
The jury for the Mud House Design 2014 competition consists of a Preselection Jury and the Grand Jury. The Preselection Jury of architects, professors and administrators with relevant expertise will review all design entries and select the overall Top 20 Designs and present them to the Grand Jury, who will then select the winning designs. The Grand Jury consists of architecture professors and others who are established in earth architecture.
Q. Do you have a website with detail about the competition? The the competition website is www.nkafoundation.org/competitions.html. Registered participants will get invitation to an Online forum, which is: nkaprojects.boards.net, where the participants can interact and exchange ideas with other users and team up with fellow designers to complement their skills to achieve best results.
Q Should every member of the design team be a student or a graduate since 31st Jan 2010? The Mud House Design 2014 is open to all, except established architects and designers. We think that it would be an unfair competition to include practitioners with extensive years of professional practice in the competition. By this, the design team can consist of students or recent graduates, or a mixed group of students and emerging practitioner in architecture or design. Non architecture or design practitioners can also take part in this competion regardless of years of practice.
Q. What is next after I have registered? Join us at: nkaprojects.boards.net. It is an Open Forum to stimulate exchange of useful ideas through discussions, responding to participants’ questions and offering feedbacks on their design concepts. We have uploaded many useful documents there to help you generate a more informed design response.
Q. Where is the construction site, is it on the map? There is no specific site for the project; any township of your choice in the Ashanti Region of Ghana is appropriate. So, all I have to do is to use google maps to locate a site in the Ashanti region? Yes, most townships in Ghana are on the map. There are 104 townships in the Ashanti Region of Ghana some of them are: Asiwa, Ejisu, Ejura, Juaben, Effiduase, Bomso, Obuasi, Akomadan,Tepa and Ofoase-Kokoben. Ashanti is the most populous region in Ghana. In townships in the Ashanti Region, there is public water system to the homes provided by the government and paid by tenants per usage . Electric power is also by public grid. Most townships in the area do not have public sewage system; thus, the sewage pit system is a common practice. A low-tech system of recycling bio materials from the kitchen through use of such as biogas digester which would generate methane gas that can be channeled into the kitchen for use as cooking gas.
Q. What is the primary wind direction in the Ashanti Region of Ghana? It is southwesterly; the predominant wind direction in the region is from west/southwest to east/northeast sectors.
Q. What are the amenities that are most needed for a single family unit? Rooms to sleep, kitchen, toilet/bath with sewage pit and a yard are basic.
Q. Please, explain this part: a single-family unit of about 30 x 40 feet on a plot of 60 x 60 feet. Is the 30 x 40 the buildable square footage? The house and yard should be designed on a plot of 60 x 60 feet (3600 sq feet). That will be sufficient.
Q. Where do I find information about the costs of local building materials? Here is a best best site: www.bmghana.com and you may google "building materials in Ghana" to see other sources. In general, to roof the 30 x 40 feet unit you will need about 10 packets of corrugated zinc sheets at $120 per packet. 1 bag of cement is $10.50. Expect to pay the local skilled laborer about $10 per day and unskilled laborer $7 per day. And keep in mind that prizes are subject to change.
Q. Can you tell us more about the climate of the region where the project will be constructed? Ashanti Region of Ghana falls within the warm-humid climatic zone. Air temperatures remain moderately high, between 21 and 32 degrees C, with little variation between day and night. Traditionally, earth-walled courtyard houses are typical with broad overhanging eaves to shade the exterior walls. Pitched roofs covered with corrugated metallic sheets are common in the warm-humid climates of Ghana. Windows are large and fully openable. Fixed windows are not climatically preferable in the warm-humid climates. For additional information, see: www.arcghana.org/architecture_southernghana.htm.
Q. Can we submit more than one project? Yes, but each project must have a unique registration number.
Q. Do we need to submit hard copies of the boards? No, this is a digital competition. You have to send your boards by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. Can we submit our boards in Spanish or French? No, English is the only accepted language.
Q. Can you supply some photos of mud architecture from the region? You will find plenty of great images of architecture from the region if you google African architecture (Ashanti) or Ashanti architecture.
Q What is the "typical family" in Ghana? How many children? How many generations live together? A typical family in the Ashanti area has 2+ children and one or two members of extended family in one housing unit. The proposed single-family unit of about 30 x 40 feet on a plot of 60 x 60 feet would be for a family size of 5 to 7 persons.
MUD HOUSE DESIGN 2014: Reinventing the African Mud Hut Together
The challenge is to design a single-family unit of about 30 x 40 feet on a plot of 60 x 60 feet to be built by maximum use of earth and local labor in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. The client of your design is the middle-income family in any township of your choice in the Ashanti Region. Total costs of constructing the design entry must not exceed $6,000 (USD); land value is excluded from this price point. The design entry should serve as an example to the local people that mud architecture can be beautiful and durable.
The Design Problem
This is the design problem: In Ghana, as in other countries in West Africa, stereotypes about buildings made of earth persist because of poor construction.
Earth architecture is fast giving way to modern dwellings made of cement blocks and other modern materials that are not simply expensive but thermally and acoustically problematic. From the cities to the low-income villages, use of concrete - despite its dependence on imported resources - is considered indispensable for building. The rising cost of the modern building materials manufactured from imported resources makes it very difficult for low-income families to become homeowners. Yet an excellent, cheap and local alternative called laterite, red earth, is available everywhere in Ghana.
For example, in the Abetenim area, 98% of the homes are made of earth, however local stereotypes about buildings made of earth persist because there are several examples of mud homes that have eroded over time due to poor construction and water damage. That is why there is local stigma associated with mud architecture. The local perception is that mud buildings are only for the very poor. We reason that a design intervention can help generate alternatives to resolve the problem.
In light of the problem, we are running Mud House Design Competition to encourage designers, architects and builders to use their creativity to come up with innovative designs for modest, affordable homes that can be built locally. The design should aim at creating a single family and semi-urban house type that is a place to live, a place to rest, store modest belongings, and feel safe. The first place winning entry will be built on a site in the Ashanti Region.
Join the discussion! The long-term goal is to enable the Ghanaian population and lots of other places, to overcome the stigma that mud architecture is architecture for the very poor.
Design problem: A typical mud house at Abetenim, Ejisu-Juaben District, Ghana
This is an open forum to allow participants in Mud House Design 2014: Reinventing the African Mud Hut Together and the stakeholders to have a conversation on the competition, share files, and centralize feedback. On this platform, participants can interact and exchange ideas with other users and team up with fellow designers to complement their skills to achieve best results.
Thank you for your interest and support. -Barthosa Nkurumeh, Nka Project Director
isidore: THERES NO WAY TO POST. HELP Please, try post your entry now. It is working.
Oct 16, 2017 6:36:56 GMT -6
honourarc: please can someone confirm the receipt of our submissions just so we know its been received. Yes and it is posted above.
Oct 16, 2017 3:10:27 GMT -6
marcoandreola: (Answer is posted above) Dear NKA, can you please provide us with more information about the required facilities for the toilet and bathroom? what do you mean with the two typologies? thank you for your reply, kind regards. "pour water from bucket to flush
Sept 28, 2017 10:49:03 GMT -6