University of Moratuwa (UoM), Faculty of Architecture, Department of Architecture, Moratuwa
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Hello Nipun Prasad,
I would like to thank Inspireli Award that asked me to write a feedback to you.
Allow me first to congratulate you on the whole idea of the project. That shows a different image of our profession, that shows the real meaning of architecture. Where we have the responsibility to shape our building and thereafter they shape the citizens.
You tried in your project to solve the pandemic issue that we experienced, and you highlighted the critical situation that was going on in Sri Lanka due to this pandemic.
What I appreciate is that through this project you are not only offering solution but you are showing the role that architects have more than ever to play in the design of a new city that will be shaped by new ways of living.
The question that comes to my mind, how can the architect help in the creation of the world of tomorrow without affecting the culture of the city?
And I assume that you truly solved it.
An urban analysis must be developped for the expansion of the phase 2 and 3. Showing the real metamorphosis of the project and why how and where it should expand.
Connect the project to the current city, the base of the project.
Work on the accessibility of the project.
Keep it up, very well done,
Architect HMONP | Paris - Lebanon
Certified Juror @ Inspireli Awards
Dear Lucciana NASRALLAH,
Thank you for spending your valuable time commenting on my project. Your feedback means a lot to me.
COVID-19 pandemic has posed numerous challenges to the mankind in a moment of time that will change and create a revolution in the way man lives, works and uses space. Among the many changes in behaviour and response to space, “social distancing”, “isolation” and “quarantine” have become a set of crucial terms in the day to day vocabulary. These terms are very much associated with space creation thus, the very definitions of them need to be essentially “re-examined”.
It is primarily needed “to avoid the transmittance of the virus from one person to another” but for humans to remain healthy in body and mind, it is essential to explore how it would impact human life and how can spaces be designed in response, encompassing all that space can do for people.
Considering neighbourhoods such as slums/ shanties where space is limited in individual housing units, self-isolation within homes are challenging. Nevertheless, upon the prevailing health hazard, an architectural intervention in the form of a quarantine space/pod was in vitality for individuals with COVID-19 symptoms to be Isolated from the healthy members of their family and neighbours.
The proposal is providing a temporary self-isolation and quarantine shelter within the context. However, it is also enormously intricate due to the higher congestion in the housing schemes hence the solution emerged as a system of elevated vertical modules on roads and alleyways which were the only available unbuilt spaces within the context.
Prototype modules are held by a scaffolding framework which stands on the ground without interrupting the roadside activity, light, and ventilation. The compact modules consist of furniture, equipment, sleeping space and sanitary facilities. Interior wood finish and high ceiling create a fitter atmosphere rather than their typical living condition. This built structure forms an all new context (neighbourhood) with pockets of public spaces and domestic scale agricultural spaces. Community can be involved in the planting process during pandemic such that they can empower their level of income. The built scheme interprets the already existing sense of interconnection among the housing units in an efficient way and also captures great views into the shelters. Prototype system is flexible to replicate and can be adopted to many other sites with only slight modifications to its original configuration. It can also be assembled and disassembled in a limited time period and rather significantly, the construction only sources local materials and labour.