A framework for developing self-sufficient habitats through a collaborative system based on RE-USE of land, RE-CYCLING of materials and RE-INTEGRATION of people.
People with social and economic disadvantages do not have access to affordable houses.
People who are homeless and/or unemployed, people with disabilities and asylum seekers are the social focus of this holistic proposal.
New buildings will use recycled timber pallets and modified shipping containers as structural elements.
Making use of what is typically waste, these structural materials are affordable and easy to acquire.
Decline of local manufacturing is an opportunity to transform existing under-utilised light industrial and commercial real estate into multi use/housing communities.
Sites can be responsibly developed into socially accessible neighbourhoods using a collaborative lent land system.
R-ECO AMOEBA CONCEPT
Adapting internal basic elements to its context.
This project could be adapted to several contexts according to its particular needs and available resources.
Melbourne is the capital and most populous city in the state of Victoria, and the second most populous city in Australia. It has been ranked the world's most livable city since 2011. However, as the map shows, some areas within metropolitan Melbourne, particularly Dandenong, have relative socio-economic disadvantage and very poor condition of its waterways.
The site is located in a mixed zone close to Dandenong city center. The area is surrounded by warehouses and housing.
The project will provide 40 units of housing; 40 farming areas (120m2 per person); and 4 community spaces. Those elements will be included into the available land: backyards of warehouses and empty sites.
R-ECO Amoeba is a living organism that metabolises under-utilised land and waste materials to transform all before it into an ecologically healthy and sustainable living environment. RECO Amoeba establishes a symbiotic relationship with the existing urban fabric and community and revives social integration of underprivileged. RECO Amoeba seeks out host sites in developed countries and establishes itself by adapting its basic elements to the context.
RESTORATIVE COMMUNITY CYCLE
LOW ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES AND SUSTAINABLE SYSTEMS
The proposal considers implementation of low energy technologies such as rainwater harvesting , as well as sustainable systems such as organic waste collection and composting.
Team: Mary Ann Jackson, Camila Loader, Claudia Sepulveda, Alex Concha, Narval Ansaldo