CHHAT announced winner of the Buckminster Fuller Challenge 2016 – student category
CHHAT has been recognized by the jury of the Buckminster Fuller Awards and is announced as the winner of the student category 2016. This is the first year that the Fuller Challenge program reviewed student entries separately from the general pool and selected a student winner. CHHAT was selected amongst dozens of entries as best fitting the criteria of the Fuller Challenge.
CHHAT began as an academic experiment and evolved into a student-led initiative. The students collaboratively extend theoretical design principles into real-life design-build exercises in order to create user-friendly, environmentally sensitive, energy efficient and economically viable structural solutions for human shelter. One of the fantastic results thus far are lightweight dome structures made of natural, local, or recycled materials that can be deployed as adaptable modules.
CHHAT currently involves students from each cohort of the five-year program at Vadodara Design Academy, as well as mentors from the academic and professional realm. The student volunteers are the backbone of our projects who are also the carriers of our ideology. The competition is only the start which has created a platform to frame our work and the ideas we strive to deploy, for a better tomorrow. CHHAT has constructed over 10 large spanning structures in bamboo and is well versed with the use of other materials like brick, earth and discarded scraps.
The Fuller Challenge asks for providing a solution to humanity’s most pressing problems which could be food, shelter, disease, water, pollution or even expanding deserts and global warming. There are numerous issues which are identified and hundreds of scientists, artists, engineers, architects and organizations who apply annually for the fuller challenge. Through our experience and from what we understand of local wisdom, we the volunteers at CHHAT identified the issues related to human habitats that are affected suddenly or require instantly deployable shelters for a large number of people.
In particular, our team is determined that these shelters can serve as: temporary and economical space for rural and agrarian activities (livestock habitats, food or fodder storage); temporary shelter for residents of informal urban areas or homeless migrant workers; emergency shelter after disasters; and the temporary or permanent spaces required for communal activities such as schools, medical camps, or exhibition spaces. During the design-build process, the students involve local craftsmen in a participatory effort. With the help of sustainable materials and basic tools, they hope to use design as a catalyst for giving back to the society.
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