The 5000 For 5000 Home Competition
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5000 for 5000 Home Competition

Evidence of a rising middle class abound in Sub-Sahara Africa’s largest cities. However, there is another story: uncomfortable and increasingly often less told. The story of Africa’s urban poor. It estimated that today, Two third of the population in Africa’s cities and townships live on less than US$3.10/day.

Almost universally, housing supply has failed to respond to the need of this significant and legitimate population. The cost of new housing including those built by Government Agencies are significantly in excess of what this segment of the population can afford. The consequence is the rapid growth of informal settlements, slums on the edge of Africa’s major cities with obvious consequences for economic development, health, safety and security.

As Africa’s primary Housing Development Finance Institution this challenge presents an opportunity for Shelter Afrique to lead a result focused debate on how the housing market can be made to work for the more than 300m Africans including women and children who are currently unserved. But beyond the debate, we now want to work with partners to promote innovation in low income housing developments in Sub-Sahara Africa.

As an initial step towards this commitment Shelter Afrique is promoting an International DESIGN +DEVELOPMENT completion. The following sections describe our overall concept and framework for the competition ahead of a detailed Competition Brief.

The Aim and Objectives
The aim of the competition is to stimulate and reward innovative thinking about how a livable and sustainable home can be designed and produced at a capital cost of no more than US$5000 equivalent to the end user. In addition to the cost parameter, the Competition’s key themes will include but are not limited to:

  • Sustainability – The design solution will give important consideration to the environment, cost in use and adaptability to specific location contexts;
  • Practicability – The homes will be buildable;
  • Supply Chain Innovation – The proposed solutions will propose innovation along each part of the supply chain towards achieving the objective;
  • Beauty and Aesthetic – Inspire a new urban aesthetic and landscape that empowers and uplifts people on low income.

Shelter Afrique’s objectives and anticipated outcomes from the initiative are as follows:

  • Access to a replicable model of a US$5000 home (at 2016 prices) and urban planning to underpin large scale low income housing programme including over 1miilion homes across Sub-Sahara Africa by 2025.
  • Development of a sustainable supply chain able to support a large scale low income housing delivery programme whilst at the same time creating new jobs.

Competition Entries

The Competition will be open to all nationalities and anyone including individuals, team of designers, artists, architects, engineers etc. We will be looking for cross-disciplinary teams collectively able to respond to the diverse challenges posed by the Competition.

Design Brief
  • The proposed design is for a 1 bedroom dwelling unit with a foot print of approximately 45 square meters.
  • Design to include kitchen, bedroom, toilet and living area.
  • Adequate lighting with adaptable design to suite a range of customers.
  • Generous head room and floor to ceiling heights with possible options for natural ventilation.
  • Use of eco- friendly, light weight sustainable materials to achieve low construction cost requirement.
  • The design should be easy to replicate.
Submission Method
  • Submissions should be on A3 in pdf format.
  • Plans, Elevations and Sections to be submitted in scale 1:50
  • Isometric View of Floor Plan showing furniture arrangement.
  • 3D Concept Visualization of full design scheme (interior and Exterior)
  • The visual images of the design concept will be used for publicity purposes (this will also be used in the online gallery of all entries at the end of the competition). The 3D visualization should represent the ideas proposed and be readily identifiable as such. This should be submitted in JPEG format
  • A short written statement explaining the concept/unique selling point and how the design addressed the brief should be included in the submission.
  • Illustrate how the design can be adapted in various sites.
  • Demonstrate how your design can be built using various build methodologies
Declaration Form
A completed declaration form should be included in each submission. Please note the competition entry stated on the declaration form will be used as the credits in all promotional activity so please ensure this is reflected accurately.

Congratulations to the winners !

The Winners
  • 1st place/le premier place- Tetteh & Associates
  • 2nd Place/ la deuxième place- Morphosis Limited
  • 3rd Place/la troisième place- Sharon Davis Design
Nina Martiz, [Namibia]
After graduating as an architect from the University of Cape Town in 1991, Nina Maritz settled in Namibia in 1992, starting her practice in 1998 to focus on contextual response, sustainability and community development. Nina is a frequent keynote speaker and guest lecturer and is currently assisting with the review of Namibia’s Mass Housing Project. She has acted as juror for several competitions, including the first round of the Holcim Awards Africa-Middle-East Region. She has additional qualifications in urban design and green building and has a keen interest in housing, conservation, traditional and modern crafts, graphic design, ceramics and sustainable landscaping. Her practice is most known for the Habitat Research and Development Centre, where alternative technologies and materials, passive design and a wide range of structural typologies were employed to investigate and demonstrate options for sustainable housing. Other significant projects include the Visitors’ Centre for the Twyfelfontein Prehistoric Rock Art site, the Fish River Canyon Lookout, Uibas-Oas Crystal market, Sorris info centre, Rukonga School, numerous Namibian government projects, and three large regional libraries. The practice’s Facebook page Nina Maritz Architects and their website www.ninamaritzarchitects.com carries detailed information on their work and outlook.
Jerry Magutu, [Kenya]
Jerry Magutu was awarded a degree Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Nairobi, First Class Honors, in 1984. In 1985, Jerry Magutu sought and obtained admission and a full scholarship at the University of California, Berkeley, initially to pursue a Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) degree.
While at Berkeley, Architect Magutu was appointed as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Architecture, College of Environmental Studies, and because of his sterling performance in academics and teaching, he was admitted to the PhD program while en-route to completing the M.Arch. Degree program. Both degrees, M.Arch. And PhD in Architecture were awarded in 1986 and 1989, respectively. Soon after his completion of graduate studies, Architect Magutu was appointed Lecturer in the Department of Architecture at Berkeley, and also worked part-time at the Department of Housing and Community Development of the City of Oakland, USA. He returned to full-time duties in Nairobi, as faculty in 1990.
He has risen through the ranks to full Professor of Architecture and Building Science at the University of Nairobi. He has extensively researched and published several articles in refereed journals and books in housing and urban design and is also a registered and licensed Architect practising as Zed-Arch(K)
Michael Majale, [Uganda]
Michael is an independent consultant and researcher currently based in Uganda. He holds a Bachelors Honours degree in Architecture, a Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Nairobi in Kenya. He also holds a PhD from Newcastle University in the UK. He has over 25 years of international experience in the field of housing and urban development, and has expertise in research, policy and practice related to housing and urban development, and in particular slum upgrading. His work has included: research and consultancy
in several countries in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean in various capacities, including Afghanistan, Angola, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, Indonesia, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Nigeria, Philippines, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, United Kingdom and Zimbabwe. As BTC Technical Advisor and Project Co-manager of the Kampala Integrated Environmental Planning and Management Project (KIEMP), he oversaw the successful implementation of the EUR 6.6 million bilateral slum upgrading project. Michael has authored/co-authored research, review, synthesis and analytical reports, including Analytical Perspective of Pro-poor Slum Upgrading Frameworks; Affordable Land and Housing in Africa; Affordable Land and Housing in Asia. Enabling Shelter Strategies: Design and Implementation Guide for Policymakers; Enabling Shelter Strategies: Review of Experience from Two Decades of Implementation; and The Urban Housing Manual: Making Regulatory Frameworks work for the Poor.
Mamadou Gueye, [Senegal]
Mr. Mamadou Gueye is a graduate of the Thies Polytechnic School (Senegal) and the Centre for Training in Professional Banking (CFPB-France).

He began his professional career as a design engineer at the Technical Studies and Coordination firm in Senegal.

He joined the Senegal Housing Bank (Banque de l’Habitat, BHS) in January 1989, where he held several positions including that of Project Manager, Branch Manager, Technical Director and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. GUEYE is currently the Technical Advisor to BHS’s Director-General.

He has helped create and establish housing banks such as in Benin and Gabon.

Currently, he is a board director in Senegal representing BHS at the Right to the City Foundation, Urban Development Management Council and the Military War-Disabled and Invalids Foundation.

Since April 2015, Mr. Gueye has been the Executive Director of the Housing Banks Professional Association and the West African Monetary Union (UMOA) Guarantee Fund.

Steve Rukwaro, [Kenya]
Steve Rukwaro is a Quantity Surveyor and has rendered his professional service in the Kenyan construction industry for over 25 years. He received his degree from the University of Nairobi in the year 1992 and got registered by the Board of Registration of Architects and Quantity Surveyors in 1996. He was accepted as a corporate member of both the Institute of Quantity Surveyors of Kenya and Architectural Association of Kenya (Q.s Chapter) in 1990. He is a Member of the Institute of Construction Project Managers of Kenya. He is a Professional Member Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Steve has also received extensive training in arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolutions and has been successful in negotiating difficult contractual positions in projects and has gained vast experience in building cost estimation, cost planning, cost management and financial management of construction in the capacity of a Quantity Surveyor.

For the last four years, he has co-ordinated the implementation, compliance of Quality Management Systems based on ISO 9000 standards requirements and continually improvement at Amazon Consultants Limited(Kenya).

The award structure for the competition will be in two stages:

  • Stage 1 – A prize fund of US$100,000 to be allocated to the top entries with the majority going to the adjudged top 3 entries.
  • Stage 2 – An undertaking by Shelter Afrique (and partners) to support and financing for the development and completion of 5000 units of the winning entry in agreed locations across Africa.

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