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IKEA for Slums - Educate with Lego-style DIY Housing

Work with companies like IKEA & Lego to design DIY houses for slums that needs to rebuild. Educate and change one slum at a time.

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

The problem I would like to solve is the vicious cycle of slums staying as slums no matter how many times it is destructed. My idea is to work with existing companies such as IKEA to design DIY houses (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2108775/Ikea-launches-80-000-flat-pack-DIY-house.html) that people from the slums can get with some assistance when slums are destroyed by fire or natural disasters. This will allow them to rebuild quality houses with special features such as solar panels easily. Future add-on can be easily designed and upgraded in affordable ways, such as exchanging recyclable materials for parts or pay cash when they manage to save the amount for "upgrade". - Imagine upgrade to better solar panel, add new beds, etc. This will create a community where neighbours can share resources, such as four houses can share a solar panel. Imagine if each house have a slot for removable battery pack that they can store, and maybe sell or rent to their neighbours who cannot afford a solar panel. If they are friendly, they can even charge their neighbour's battery pack for food. Imagine they can build a garden on their roof to plant food too! Like lego, its flexible!

WHO BENEFITS?

Slums community will benefit by having accessible resources to build safer and higher quality homes when they homes are destroyed. Companies can do CSR and design innovative and sustainable DIY housing. Slums in Philippines can be one of them.

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

People and organisations are helping the victims of these people who's lives are affected by the disasters. My idea allow them to help in a way that can have pro-long benefits, and provide the victims from the slums a possible way to build upon what they have. Because the DIY parts are like lego parts, based on the climate in different countries, customised housing can be put together. For example, openings at designated spot can help regulate air-flow. Broken roof can be easily replaced when the material is recycle and they can trade-in for new roof. If there are new technologies, and the people saved enough money, they can replace their old roof with solar roof. If they decided to start a business, they can extend their house to include a shop in front the same way we do when we build our lego houses.

IN-COUNTRY EXPERIENCE

  • Not yet

EXPERTISE

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

GEOGRAPHIC FOCUS

  • This idea is meant to inspire - I hope someone else takes it on!

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF

I'm a Singaporean student studying my Masters in Global Innovation Management in Finland. You can find out more about me on kristabelquek.com! I love traveling and meeting people from all over the world to learn their stories and see how I can value add to their lives. The more the merrier!! :D

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