Build the Builders
Create a self-sustaining program for design and construction education in developing countries.
EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA
Often, construction methods in developing countries are rudimentary and do not follow simple best practices that could prevent catastrophic loss after natural disasters. Part of this problem is a lack of education on design and construction best practices. Build the Builders would develop a curriculum that would be specifically tailored to various regions to create a better ecosystem of design and construction practices. The program would be offered free to communities and, eventually, students would be taught to be instructors, creating a self-sustaining culture of design and construction education. The result would be better built infrastructure and the ability to more easily repair infrastructure after disasters.
-The program is inspired by the Project Pipeline program implement by the National Organization of Minority Architects, for which I have previously volunteered (http://www.noma.net/article/154/happenings/events/project-pipeline-architectural-summer)
-Here is a similar program that is currently underway and could possibly be built upon: http://www.buildchange.org/programs/training/
Developing country citizens. Not only would this program help them build useful skills, but it would create an additional opportunity for community interaction.
HOW DOES YOUR IDEA TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE CONTEXT OF URBAN SLUMS AND CLIMATE CHANGE?
Two of the problems that urban slums face regarding climate change are planning and resiliency. This program would help communities to build better infrastructure (resulting in better planning), and would help communities to gain the skills to more quickly repair infrastructure (resulting in better resiliency).
I’ve worked in a sector related to my idea for at least two years
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF
I'm a licensed architect in the United States with a primary focus on design and construction of community buildings, including many public school projects. Individually, I have taught design and construction courses and volunteered in design summer camps for children in underserved communities.