Is it possible to build a functional home with just 300$? Architects and designers everywhere, this is a challenge that you shouldn’t easily overlook. ‘Why is that’, you ask? Because the prize for the 300 $ House competition is $25,000 in cash and scholarships. According to the official contest website, the idea to create a house on such a strict budget was first illustrated in a Harvard Business Review blog article by Vijay Govindarajan and Christian Sarkar. “We want designers and architects to see this as a business opportunity, not as a charity case study. This design challenge will help us get some innovative people to focus on a vast un-served market waiting to be created across the world”- asserted Govindarajan. The aim of the contest is for the participants to “design a simple dwelling that can be constructed for under $300 which keeps a family safe, allows them to sleep at night, gives them both protection from the elements and a sense of dignity”. This unique idea takes us a step further in dealing with the problem of homelessness across the world. Up for the challenge?
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