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Author: Matteo Gianotti, PhD candidate in Architectural, History and Design, Politecnico di Torino.

One of the winning proposal of the international competition “Resilient Homes Challenge”, promoted by the Build Academy, the World Bank, UN-Habitat, Airbnb and the Global Facility for Disasters Reduction and Recovery, has been chosen among the projects developed by the students of the MSc program in Architecture for Sustainable Design held at the Politecnico di Torino.
The competition involved more than 3000 participants coming from over 120 different nationalities on the relevant topic of housing for natural hazard refugees. The approach suggested by the organizers focuses on the concept of “transitional housing”. This means to move beyond the idea of temporary refugee settlements and move toward an evolutive idea of the camp: it starts as an emergency settlement but than evolve in a permanent one, capable of hosting all the main facilities and services essential to the inhabitants’ life.
The final design studio, “Design within the limits of scarcity”, has taken up the challenge: 48 students from all over the world, with the support of a team of professors and researchers of the Department of Architecture and Design, the Department of Energy and the Future Urban Legacy Lab (Francesca De Filippi, Matteo Gianotti, Roberto Pennacchio, Matteo Robiglio, Marco Simonetti, Elena Vigliocco), have submitted three proposals for three different climatic scenarios.
The “Core House” winning project, coordinated by the student Laura Munoz Tascon, is an elegant solution for a low-budget bamboo house. The self-built house is a resilient and sustainable building able to withstand floods thanks to an innovative lifting mechanism constructed using waste materials.
Different modules can be added to the main core letting the house evolve and expand in the future in response of the family and community needs.
The winning proposal will be exhibited in Washington DC at the World Bank headquarter with the other 8 winners of the challenge, and it will be take as a reference for possible future housing projects sponsored by the World Bank all around the world.


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