“Housing homes” is a student’s initiative, undertaken during two months fieldwork in Kampala. Students together with community designed an “incremental housing unit” which is affordable and flexible for extension. The base area for each unit is 20 m2 which has a potential to be expanded to 35 m2 by building on the balcony space. Structurally, the side walls are designed as load bearing. Expansion and partition walls can be made from chipboard or interlocking blocks with the potential to be replaced. It gives the opportunity to divide the base unit according to each family’s needs. The unit height is designed as 3 meters, to provide an additional space for storage, natural ventilation, and a sleeping space for children above the bathroom. This incremental housing unit is designed as part of a 32 flats dwelling cluster for the land-sharing area, which address and accommodates incremental housing qualities and community needs. Consequently, three months later, ‘Mock-up’ of the incremental housing unit was built in scale 1:1 in Kisenyi settlement. This event was aimed not only to present the full scale housing unit, but also raise important issues such as land and livelihoods as integral parts of housing policy.
Client: Kisenyi Community
Tutors: Hans Skotte, Elena Archipovaite
Students: Memarian Meyasam, Kafle Reeta,Gohari, Savis,Teklegiorgis, Gizaw Fikre, Kim Shin, Chen Haining, Sun Shenghan, Nepal Udhab, Kaddu Daniel Mukwanga, Singh Bijay, Ulset Vilde, Ødegard Ingrid T., Ayoubi Ayda, Mosand Ida,Jørgensen Emilie, Syversen Einar, Timbitwire Musa, Walusimbi Salmah, Yosia Kule, Murungi Ronald, Majanga Tom
Partners: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Makerere University, Uganda Slum Dwellers Federation, Kisenyi community, NGO Act together, Uganda Ministry of Land, Housing and Urban Development, UN-Habitat
Students, together with the community members, tried to visualize the use of space for the land-sharing area considering cultural, economic and physical aspects. This process led students to design an “incremental housing unit” for the urban poor, which is affordable, flexible, and provides an opportunity to improve their living conditions in the future.