Student Name:

  • Xiao Sun


  • Yi Gu
  • Yanwen Xue
  • Zhije Wang
  • Kexu Chen

Advisor - Coordinator/Professor/Tutor:

  • Yu Zhang

Institution Name:

  • Sotheast University


  • China


  • Highlights

1. The project and its concept

 The aims and objectives of project
With a view to the slum in Mare, the project provides a method for the poor to build their life area, covering several aspects, such as residence, community open area, art space, etc.
 A summary of the project brief
The project is a strategy based on the fact that the poor is striving for living space with their own effort. Therefore, we focus on giving assistance to materials and instructions needed. We select several basic materials of common size and make a manual instruction on construction methods and compound modes.

2. Concepts and principles

 Layout
Layout is based on flow distribution.
Step 1:

We recommend starting our project near existing churches, non-governmental organizations, and community centers which encourage higher traffic to the surroundings. Adapting to each site, architectural forms could be transformed.

Step 2:
More and more people choose to live here, and automatically, those residents expand their range of activities. They spontaneously construct more habitats and community open area in order to meet their basic needs.

Step 3:
A strong network would have been established. Tourism could be developed since people would be likely to visit here. People, artists in particular, are allowed to build simple art gallery, with the material provided.

 Self-Construction
To make it simple to construct, we separate constructions into 3 scales: small, medium and large. We provide examples of 20 kinds of activities. The scales and functions related are recommended on the manual instruction.
 Local materials
According to the manual instruction, people should purchase or make simple components by themselves, including steel pole, aluminum plate, plank, etc. Discarded scaffolding, awning, timber doors can all be reused as components.
 Easy to remove
The structure is designed to be easy to remove and rebuild in special period, including celebration, epidemic situation or even outbreak.

3. Integration to the urban context
 Constraints of this area, including local context, buildability, functions and building texture.
The architecture forms transformed in different urban contexts, including lanes, roads, squares and factories (such as roof, factory elevation and factory interior). Therefore, we make sure that people can conduct their self-construction in every corner within the site, which realizes a transformation of function from abandoned areas to dynamic areas, and at the same time, building texture is guaranteed.

4. Landscaping aspects
 Constraints of the area, including vertical greening, roof greening and community self-organization. Frames are included in the project, which is useful for vertical greening, roof greening, which allows vegetations to grow. Existing organizations related to urban greening can support with technical guidance and maintenance management.

5. Environmental and social sustainability
 Recyclable
The material we use is of certain size so as to be reused for several times. People can also tailor abandoned materials into certain size.
 Short-term loan
We take the financial situation into consideration. Therefore, we recommend having a short-term loan in order to make sure that the construction is affordable for them.
 Long-term organization

Based on the existing organization, we recommend having a long-term organization in charge of this self- conduction in case of disorder development or emergency.