Wanathamulla slums are mostly disconnected from the urban management and planning systems that govern Colombo district. Slum dwellers remain spatially and… more
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as a jury member it is my pleasure to see such a diverse projects of entries from all over world and hopes submissions to the Award will increase in the future as such an activity can only improve our social and cultural landscape.
in this project "Social Housing in Wanathamulla" I noted a clear approuch with a particular focus in this poject on challenging on invironmental improving sustainability and the preservation of local identity of social housing in Wanathamulla and the student sucssesfully refleced the understanding of key built spaces in the design to facilitate residential, educational, cultural, environmental, commercial, services and sports fields . The topic is meaningful. However, his translation into project only reached a significant level of development and maturity in some of the project's detals , and did not live up to the potentials of such undertakings in final result .
Although the project was not developed to his full potential capacity, his steer clear of modern architechural formative tactics and solutions that have high potential for becoming resonating environments, once developed with guidance. however, fall short on thorough climatic/environmental analyses and do not integrate imperative sustainable strategies.
Wanathamulla slums are mostly disconnected from the urban management and planning systems that govern Colombo district. Slum dwellers remain spatially and socially segregated by large. When compared to the rest of the Borelle city, these settlements often remain as unplanned enclaves that are poorly serviced by basic infrastructure, lacking streets, access to clean water, sanitation, ventilation, health, and environmental sustainability and open spaces, and compelled to the adversities derived from the lack of connectivity with the city’s urban fabric.
Street-led approach sees streets not only as a vehicular road but as a route for incremental urban transformation that aim at integrating slums spatially, physically, socially, juridically and economically into the overall city development strategy. Such approach highlights the social and economic dimension of streets as a public domain. A street-led approach to citywide slum upgrading can do programme scale upgrading of quality of life of slum dwellers and provide secure livelihoods with keeping their preferred sense of community, social solidarity, coexistence and belonging that slums provide. Community-based entrepreneurship is considered to be an important instrument for the realization of potential among marginal and deprived communities isolated from the mainstream economy and is important in bringing social upliftment. Therefore, the social housing needs to connect slum dwellers to the city and public through accompanied streets network and Community-based entrepreneurship to support them becoming a citizens and slum settlements becoming a sustainable urban neighborhood.
The whole building design is formed by the concept, “Enlivening the streets-Freeing the lives”. There are key built spaces in the design to facilitate residential, educational, cultural, environmental, commercial, services and sports fields. The housing and the spaces have been designed to uplift the quality of life of slum dwellers and provide secure livelihoods with keeping their preferred sense of community, social solidarity, coexistence and belonging that slums provide. The quality of life improved with the right blend of spatial planning, passive environmental strategies, technology, interior and lighting, aesthetics, construction methods and materials.
The environmental ambition is to create a optimum environmental conditions for the user comfort and avoid negative impact to the existing environment. The structural and facade is a durable and easy structure which can be built from the community engagement under the supervision of architects and engineers. Interior and lighting incorporate slum dwellers belongings into reusable interiors to create sense of belonging and create unique views and lighting experiences in every household. To celebrate the uniqueness of slum architecture and slum dwellers emotions aesthetically, existing building materials, patterns and characteristics of the slum architecture included in this social housing.