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Honeycomb Home Design

Make the most of limited materials and space by using 'packing problem' theory to design efficient, aesthetic housing and infrastructure

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Introduction The hexagonal structure of honeycomb is one of nature's simplest yet most brilliant designs. According to Wikipedia, "A hexagonal structure uses the least material to create a lattice of cells within a given volume." Let's utilize this and other principles of 'packing problem' theory to make the most of materials and space in urban slums. What's a packing problem, you ask? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Packing_problems What problem would you like to solve? Global warming and the mass movement of people into urban areas will make resources and space scarce. What is your idea? How does it work? To alleviate this potential strain, let's create an organization that proactively brings space- and material-efficient design principles to urban slums and collaborates with residents to build housing, storage, and infrastructure solutions that are as efficient as they are culturally-beautiful. Many of these artifacts could be modular or mobile, which would be helpful in a world with highly-dynamic conditions.

HOW DOES YOUR IDEA TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE CONTEXT OF URBAN SLUMS AND CLIMATE CHANGE?

Design Principle: Plan for the ordinary This idea targets the artifacts of everyday life: housing, storage, community layouts Design Principle: Consider the system Because the idea targets the organization of everyday artifacts, we must work with the traditional community actors and institutions: neighborhood organizations, municipal governments, etc. Design Principle: Build in flexibility The idea is to use 'packing problem' principles and collaborate with local people to build simple artifacts that are, when possible, modular and mobile. Design Principle: Maximize limited resources By utilizing packing theory to design artifacts and layouts, the use of limited resources like space and building materials is optimized. Design Principle: Design for gender equality NEED INPUT HERE :) Design Principle: Design with, not for We'll bring the 'packing problem' principles and facilitate the process, but local residents will give input at every step and make the decisions.

IN-COUNTRY EXPERIENCE

  • Not yet

EXPERTISE

  • I do not have experience working in a sector related to my idea

GEOGRAPHIC FOCUS

  • Yes

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Hello Joshua..

I mentioned similar in our idea ... https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/urban-resilience/ideas/change-poverty-mindset-for-successful-urban-slum-upgrade..

Although we are in the Community Challenge, we are actually covering all 4 urban slum challenges (community, communication, infrastructure, water) within the Community challenge.

So under the small scale infrastructure, we proposed as one idea is the geodesic dome designs and structures which is not dissimilar to your honeycomb structure. Looks like we had similar idea. :-)

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Ian and Mila, thanks for noting the similarities and sharing :) I agree that the challenges are all interconnected!

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