Please select your areas of intervention in the home improvement market
Design, Technology, Technical assistance, Sanitation, Water, Infrastructure, Energy conservation, Renewable energy, Green housing, Environment, Income generation, Rural development, Citizen/community participation.
Is your innovation addressing barriers in the home improvement/progressive housing market? If so, please describe in detail your mechanisms of intervention
Truly successful housing projects require community participation in design and decision-making. By demonstrating potential technologies through the construction of the building and grounds, this community center will offer support to residents who wish to explore those technologies. By providing space for members of the community to come together and work to improve their own well-being, we remove barriers to participation and understanding that exist when solutions are passed down instead of created within and by a community.
Our community center design will be modified specifically to suit its location and usage, but the most important aspect of our design is connectivity- connectivity to the community, to education, to technology, and to an improved future. In our proposed design, this connectivity is achieved through direct interaction between the interior and exterior spaces. Although the building may have minimal “interior floor space,” it will simply provide centralized meeting and storage area as well as emergency shelter. The use of windows, doors, and extensive landscaping will create a much larger area for activities, education, meetings, and other community uses.
Are you currently collaborating with private companies, or have you partnered with private companies in the past? With which companies?
Please describe in detail the nature of the partnership(s)