Architecture studio Community Design Agency and local Sanjaynagar residents worked together to deliver eight three-story brick buildings that promise to provide housing for individuals who live "in slum conditions in the city of Ahmednagar, India." It is estimated that approximately 298 families will be able to move into the new housing buildings.
Each unit measures 28 square meters. The Community Design Agency wanted to encourage interaction between residents and, as a result, inserted a series of courtyards. As for materials, the architecture studio used bricks that were made locally out of fly ash, crushed sand, and cement. So far, about 33 families have moved into the vibrant community housing as part of the pilot project.
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Community Design Agency Collaborated on a Housing Solutions in India
1. Collaborative Housing Solutions - Architecture studios are incentivized to work with local residents of less developed countries to provide affordable housing solutions.
2. Small Space Designs - Architecture studios are shifting towards creating low-cost, high-density housing units with an emphasis on communal spaces and increased interaction between neighbors.
3. Eco-friendly Building Materials - Architecture studios are promoting the use of locally sourced building materials, such as fly ash and crushed sand, in order to reduce their carbon footprint and make construction more sustainable.
1. Architectural Services - There is potential for architecture studios to collaborate with government organizations to design cost-effective, sustainable housing for low-income communities.
2. Real Estate Development - Real estate developers can work with architecture studios to identify innovative designs and materials that reduce construction costs while staying within budget, ultimately making affordable housing more accessible.
3. Renewable Building Materials - There is a market opportunity for companies that specialize in eco-friendly building materials to work with architecture studios to promote sustainable construction and design practices for low-income housing projects.