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SUNDERPUR housing / improvement of the housing situation  / 2015-2016 / Sunderpur / Bihar / India

 

Research and Design

Lucia Mackova

Diego Martinez

Max Weidacher

Eva Schmolmüller

Cornelia Kriechbaumer

Hinda Bouabdallah

 

 

Design supervision

Prof. Roland Gnaiger

Wolfgang Fiel

 

Consulting

Günter Langergraber BOKU - Siedlungswasserbau

Kamyar Tavoussi - TU Wien - Erdbebensicherheit

Claudia Vilanek - Little Flower Austria

 

on behalf of

Little Flower Leprosy Welfare Association

SUNDERPUR

The living conditions in the leprosy villag Sunderpur are disastrous. Very close quarters and severe scarcities in sanitary as well as structural damages caused by cheap building materials and inappropiate construction methods that are not suitable for the very humid climate have lead to the present critical situation. Finally the earthquake from Nepal has harmed once more the poor houses, so that some roofs and walls broke down.

 

BASEhabitat is developing a model-solution for 10 housing units, together with the village people. Already in 2016 the first flats are going to be built by students from Linz and local workers. The objective is that the village itself can then continue building more units independently.

 

In a research in October 2015 the main basics have been surveyed. In addition to geographic surveys and actualisation of existing plans, personal talks to the inhabitants were very important. They have been questioned about their actual living conditions, the construction defects and dificulties. A big challange was to understand the everyday habits and the indian way of life, as this will be a very important basis for the following design process.

 

With wallets full of documentation material and motivation the group came back to Linz to start designing.

 

 

We agreed on the following principles:

:: Use of local building material. We could make good experience with adobe and bamboo.
:: Earthquake resistent builiding
:: Improvement of the sanitary situation has to be part of the design
:: The houses have to offer a flexible compendium so that they can adapt to the changing needs of their inhabitants.

 

 

The construction period has started in February 2016. Various students from Linz and international volunteers arewill are realising the first aparments guided by a professional construction site manager. Workers from the village are being trained in a way that they can realise various building-blocks independently. Before summer 2017 all the houses should be finished.

 

We do hope that our project HOUSING Sunderpur will create an incentive for more similar houses.

 

Thanks to all the donators who have supported the project!

 

 Students did a video documentation about their building practice in 2017.

Thaks to Jasmin and Alan.

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