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Kristabel commented on IKEA for Slums - Educate with Lego-style DIY Housing

That is great! One problem that is faced in the slums but not Dallas is family planning. The family size continuously grow because most of them are not educated enough and their religion "do not allow" it. How can we design a house that grows with the size of the family? Of course the older ones may move out to make space for the younger ones, but most still stay together because they depend on each other.

Most urban slums are built on rubbish ground, farming on those ground is not quite possible. What if they could have a small garden farm on their roof top? They can plant simple stuffs like chilli, herbs and tomatoes? I once planted sweet potatoes in school, the leaves grow so fast and can be harvested for eating while waiting for the sweet potatoes to grow. Will water supply then become the problem??

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Kristabel commented on Rain Turbine

Your idea inspired a concept I posted (https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/urban-resilience/ideas/ikea-for-slums-educate-with-lego-style-diy-housing) about working with companies like IKEA to create lego-style DIY housing that can have components that is useful for the household to be put together to customise a suitable home for the family.

Since you have professional experience in architectural design, I'm wondering what's your take about the concept? I thought it is a viable concept because I saw IKEA came up with a DIY house for $86k (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2108775/Ikea-launches-80-000-flat-pack-DIY-house.html). Since there is no need for such a big house for slums, can it be designed for a lower price? And if yes, do you think it can be designed that future add-ons, like your design, can be easily integrated? (Imagine the modular phone https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQqudiUdGuo - but a modular house instead)

Wonder what is your view about it?

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Kristabel commented on IKEA for Slums - Educate with Lego-style DIY Housing

Hi André, how is the retail store you mentioned going? Is it successful? Did it cause other problems? What are the barriers?

I was thinking that since resources will be pumped in during disasters anyway, those resources should be directed in a way to change the situation and not put them back into the vicious cycle.

On the other hand, I think working with existing companies to build products that can have multiple lives will be interesting. Working with the concept of circular economy..

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circular_economy