| PROBLEM |
Each year, 70 million people in developing countries move to cities in search for a more prosperous life. Nearly all this growth has been driven by the raw force and determination of people to expand, and has occurred in the absence of official city planning. This has resulted in poor access to water, sanitation, and affordable housing.
| SOLUTION |
SEED is a unit of dwelling and innovative building system that is designed to be scalable, affordable, dignified, and rapidly constructable. Utilizing passive design elements like large overhangs to create shade for the house and external courtyards, to more active elements like rain water collection, the SEED unit forms a self-sustaining architecture as a single family residence. Corridors between units allow light and circulation, as well as pre-planned utility runs for every unit, enabling a preemptive stance to future services. Each SEED aids in the construction of other SEEDS; creating community and exponentially evolving growth.
| GOAL |
The SEED team will be traveling to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania April 27th, 2011 for three weeks. SEED has teamed up with a local contractor [Romenka Construction] in Dar es Salaam, and we will be consulting, exploring, and investigating the construction industry in and around the city to develop an innovative building system. With your contributions, the team will utilize funds to acquire products and tools in the exploration of the design and assembly of this system. The new building system will then be implemented in the SEED unit, to then be built in Dar es Salaam where quality housing is in need.
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