SHELTER 48

Emergency Life-Support Design

Welcome to Eleven’s 7th international ideas and design competition.

For this challenge, we focus our attention on natural disasters by looking at the concept and definition of shelter in their immediate aftermath and by posing the question: how can architecture and design help protect, shelter and save lives when they strike?

Natural disasters kill thousands of people a year. Typically, the biggest killer isn’t the actual event itself, but the hours following the event. Often, it is the lack of adequate shelter – a basic human need to survival – coupled with the obliteration of infrastructures and services and the lack of provisions, which make the 48 hours post-disaster a critical zone for the victims: a determining factor between survival or death.

This is where our competition steps in as we ask you to design ‘Shelter 48’: a guardian angel, a protector, and an emergency life-support system to be deployed rapidly after natural disasters strike.

There are no right or wrong answers, just endless possibilities in the pursuit of excellence and design-led innovation. Let your creativity go wild and enjoy the process! We really look forward to seeing your fantastic proposals.


Natural Disasters Today

Our climate is changing fast and our planet is reacting.

Whether you believe climate change is man-made or purely part of a natural cycle, there is no denying the growing rate in which natural disasters occur today.

Earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, wildfires, landslides, avalanches, volcanic eruptions and violent storms, are natural phenomena which we - as humans - have very little say or control over.

These affect developed and developing countries alike and occur throughout the whole spectrum of climatic regions.

In the last decade alone, their frequency has consistently and exponentially increased around the globe. Parallel to the rising number of disasters, we are experiencing an increase in the severity and magnitude of the events themselves. Not only are natural disasters hitting us more frequently but they are also growing more violent.

These two factors combined are responsible for a peak in post-disaster human displacement and rising death tolls.

48hrs: The Critical Zone

Every year, thousands of people around the world die in natural disasters.

When a disaster strikes, the event itself causes fatalities but what is perhaps more surprising is what happens next.Statistics reveal that in most cases, the majority of deaths caused by a natural disaster occur in its aftermath, not in the event itself. More specifically, the 48 hours after a calamity are the most crucial, responsible for the highest amount of fatalities.

For many survivors, 48 hours is what stands between life and death.

Time is Life

Within this critical time span, survivors are particularly vulnerable. This is due to a breakdown in infrastructure, resulting in a lack of amenities and an overshadowing of basic needs conducive to survival. Unfortunately, however, these 48 hours are often needed to fully understand the magnitude of the event, clear routes to affected areas, and organize and implement a full-scale rescue response.

To make matters worse, it is not uncommon for an affected area to be threatened by secondary events (i.e. a major earthquake can trigger tsunamis, aftershocks, landslides, fires, etc.) within this time-frame as well. For survivors - often isolated, hard to reach and stranded in a volatile environment filled with dangers - the difference between life and death is purely a matter of time.

Eventually, rescue and aid arrive... but is it too late?



Competition Focus

Contemporary natural disaster shelters are underwhelmingly inadequate to fit their purpose. They often comprise of a simple tensile canopy which does little to support and protect the victims, their survival and wellbeing. The more specialised solutions that exist lack the ability to be transported and deployed quickly on site in traumatic contexts. This takes time, and time is critical. Furthermore, the shelters available today do little to promote the post-calamity recovery and reconstruction phases of the affected society.

As a response, we invite you to design Shelter 48: a life-support unit which can be deployed quickly and effectively in the immediate aftermath of a natural calamity, designed to save lives in the critical48 hourzone and beyond.

What does the ultimate disaster relief shelter look like and how can it be made readily available in the aftermath the event, securing the lives of victims in these crucial hours?

You decide.

We encourage participants to think outside the box and come up with new ways of dealing with calamities around the world and, in doing so, setting a new standard for post-disaster action and shelter. In designing your prototype, we encourage you to engage with the following key concepts, seen as stimuli for ideas which can be expanded on, edited and added to:

Logistics – how will you get your shelter to the disaster?

Assembly – how is your design built on site?

Relation to Ground – how does your shelter relate to unpredictable and dangerous new conditions?

Specialist vs Generalist – are you designing for one particular disaster context (i.e. type of disaster or climatic region) or is your proposal a one-solution-fits-all shelter?

Adaptability – how can your design adapt to changing needs of use and adapt to shifting surroundings?

Capacity – for how many people is it for?

Program – what does your shelter provide?

Resilience – how strong is your design and how can it guarantee survival for the user?

Materials – what is made from?

Future – what happens to your shelter when it is not needed anymore?



Awards:

Awards are per team and are as follows:

Winner

£2,000

Publication in Eleven Magazine and our global media partners.

Induction in Eleven’s Hall of Fame.

One Free Entry Voucher (per team) for future Eleven competitions.

Runner-Up

£400

Publication in Eleven Magazine and our global media partners.

One Free Entry Voucher (per team) for future Eleven competitions.

Honourable Mentions

X6

No cash prize (boo)… but lots of glory nonetheless (yay)!

Publication in Eleven Magazine and our global media partners

One Free Entry Voucher (per team) for future Eleven competitions.

Peoples' Choice

£100

Publication in Eleven Magazine and our global media partners.

Induction in Eleven’s Hall of Fame.

One Free Entry Voucher (per team) for future Eleven competitions.

Jury:

Meet our panel of world class experts and fellow designers!

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Abeer Seikaly

Architect & Cultural Designer

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Abeer Seikaly

Architect & Cultural Designer

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Karina Ashrapova

Winner of Eleven's Biomimicry Competition

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Karina Ashrapova

Winner of Eleven's Biomimicry Competition

narinder

Narinder Sagoo

Partner, Fosters + Partners

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Narinder Sagoo

Partner, Fosters + Partners

hakan

Hakan Gürsu

Founder and CEO, Designnobis / METU ID

hakan

Hakan Gürsu

Founder and CEO, Designnobis / METU ID

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Amro Sallam

Executive Director, Architects for Society

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Amro Sallam

Executive Director, Architects for Society

eloise

Eloise Carr

Editor, Eleven Magazine

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Eloise Carr

Editor, Eleven Magazine

andrea

Andrea Verenini

Founder, Eleven Magazine

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Andrea Verenini

Founder, Eleven Magazine

But there is more... The general public will also have a chance to vote for their favourite entry while the jury deliberates behind the scenes. The project with the most public votes will win the People's Choice Award.

Competition Timeline:

  • 11 June 2017: Competition is officially announced.
  • 11 July: Registration Opens. Early Bird discounted fee applies.
  • 1 August: Early Bird discounted fee ends. Standard Registration fee applies.
  • 1 November: Standard Registration fee ends. Late fee applies.
  • 11 November @ 11AM (UK Time): Competition closes. All entries are due for submission!
  • 13 November: Public voting opens online for People’s Choice Award.
  • 10 January 2018 @ 11AM (UK Time): Public voting closes online for People’s Choice Award.
  • 11 January: Winners and awarded entries are announced. Time to celebrate!

Registration Fees:

  • Early Bird: £60 per team
  • Standard: £80 per team
  • Late Bloomer: £100 per team

Registration Requirements:

Open to students and/or professionals competing as individuals or as teams of up to four people.

Submission Requirements:

Two horizontal A1 sheets and 500 words explanatory text per team. Physical models are optional but encouraged. Projects to be submitted online by the 11th November 2017 by 11AM (UK Time).

Accessing the Full Brief:

This is a condensed synopsis of the competition brief. A full competition brief will be provided in PDF format after registration.

F.A.Q:

  • Q1: Who can register?
  • A1: Anyone is welcome to register, be it students and professionals alike.
  • Q2: How many people are allowed per team?
  • A2: A maximum of four people are allowed per team.
  • Q3: How many projects can one team submit? 
  • A3: There is one project per entry required. Teams who wish to compete with multiple designs can register their team multiple times.
  • Q4: Where can I access the full brief? 
  • A4: A full PDF brief, containing all of the competition materials and detailed information, will be accessible once you register for the competition. If you have any questions about the brief or the competition prior to entering, please email a member of our team on info@eleven-magazine.com. Be sure to put ‘SHELTER 48’ as the subject line the email so that we can prioritise your response and get to you quicker.
  • Q5: When do we have to give you the names of all the members of the team? Before or after the payment of the fee?
  • A5: After. You can add/remove/update your team members through your competition portal, which you will gain access to after you register. You will be able to amend this until the day you submit your project.
  • Q6: How do I submit my work?
  • A6: Online through your competition portal, which you get access to once you register. More information about submission criteria is found on the competition brief which you will be able to download once you register… so don’t leave your registration to the last minute!
  • Q7: How do I register for the competition?
  • A7: Simply click on ‘JOIN’ and follow the instructions. Please note that you will have to have an account with Eleven before you register, but this takes 2 minutes to do and is 100% FREE. We value our user community and your privacy. All account details are strictly confidential to Eleven.
  • Q8: What forms of payment do you accept?
  • A8: You can either pay directly with your PayPal account or with your Credit/Debit card. This will give you instant access. Alternatively, we also accept Bank Transfers, but in this case your registration will be activated as soon as payments clear in our account only. This may take 5-7 days from when you instruct your bank, so if you are planning to pay via Bank Transfer, please leave yourself plenty of time.
  • Q9: Are there any discounts for multiple teams entering the competition?
  • A9: Yes, there are! If you are a practice, an academic institution or a university who wishes to enter multiple teams in the competition, then please email us in regards on info@eleven-magazine.com for more information. Be sure to put ‘SHELTER 48’ as the subject line the email so that we can prioritise your response and get to you quicker.

How can we help?

Need any help or wish to enter as an academic institution with multiple teams? Then please get in touch. Email Us