The Kaira Looro Architecture Competition to support humanitarian projects has released its full list of winning projects for an Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) in Sub-Saharan Africa. The contest, already in its 4th edition, aims to raise awareness among the international community about emergencies in developing countries, and support humanitarian projects in Africa.
Tackling the theme of emergency, a subject of global interest, this year’s Kaira Looro competition challenged contestants to design an Operational Centre for the management of humanitarian emergencies in Sub-Saharan Africa. In fact, the original brief states that “the architecture is intended to house and facilitate the main activities which international organizations and local authorities must implement in order to solve emergencies and provide aid to affected communities”.
Organized by the Balouo Salo Non-Profit Organization, with the collaboration of Kengo Kuma & Associates, SBGA | Blengini Ghirardelli, MMA Design Studio, amongst others, the nonprofit competition has generated, in past editions, designs for a Sacred Architecture (2017), a Cultural Centre (2018) and a Peace Pavilion (2019).
The winners were chosen by an international jury made up of:
- Kengo Kuma (Kengo Kuma & Associates, Japan)
- Agostino Ghirardelli (SBGA | Blengini Ghirardelli, Italy)
- Lígia Nunes (Architecture Sans Frontières International, Spain)
- Mphethi Morojele (MMA Design Studio, South Africa)
- Walter Baricchi (CNAPPC)
- Philippa Nyakato Tumubweinee (University of Cape Town, South Africa)
- Mantey Jectey-Nyarko (Kwame Nkrumah University, Ghana)
A scientific committee joins also the listed team, made up of Raoul Vecchio (Balouo Salo), Sebastiano D’Urso (University of Catania) and Moussa Soaune (Senegalese institution).
Read on to discover the winners of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize, as well as the honorable and special mentions. For the full list of finalists, check here.
DRABELAND691/ Aleksandra Wroble, Agnieszka Witaszek, Kamil Owczarek
Given the unpredictable conditions of emergencies that may threaten the Sub-Saharan region, the Foldable Emergency Shelter is conceived to embrace those challenges being a simple yet functional framework in which architectural identity brings humane values to affected communities. Aiming at providing immediate relief after the disaster, the key characteristics of the shelter are those of an easy assemble and disassemble process, a compact and flexible structure, and adaptability to rapidly changing conditions. […]
SSEONONES729/ Clarisse Gono, Tsunxian Lee, Nathan Mehl, Katherine Huang
Following an emergency situation such as a natural disaster or an epidemic in Africa, architecture plays a crucial role in facilitating humanitarian operations to reconstruct the community as well as respond to the needs of those affected. Therefore our aspiration for this project is to create an affordable and sustainable architectural solution for an Emergency Operation Centre. Systematized and Adaptable Fabrication for Emergency House endeavors to address these solutions by having the ability to adapt, both in terms of function and material, to various situations, climates, and topography within Africa. We cannot foresee every calamity but we certainly can always be prepared. […]
ELEINIALY273/ Michele Baldini, Marco Barzanti
Nature and its elements may sometimes represent a danger, much more often they turn out to be in fact a source of salvation and reassurance, a clear example of this are the large trees that with their characteristic umbrella cover offer shelter and protection to those who take refuge under it. The evocative meaning of these concepts is the guide and the cornerstone of our design proposal, the intention is to create the individuality of all these factors that is able to dialogue at the same time with the requirements of the project and with the habits of the population. […]
HONORABLE MENTIONS - By Kengo Kuma and Balouo Salo Organization
ANAGASICA056/ Ana Carolina Vargas González, Claudia Salinas Arriagada, Gilberto Valverde Arias, David Cubero Fernández, Alexis Salinas Arriagada
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ELAINABIA971/ Manuela Molina, María Camila Joaqui, María Camila Martínez, Silvia Valentina Ruiz
DROANOALY473/ Alessandro Ferranzan, Paola Elena Gambero, Alberto Mazzotti
LEDAJDYPT480/ Khaled Abu Almajd
OMORIOALY123/ Giacomo Rio, Maria Lucia Villalba, Julieta Molina, Michele Musiari, Miriam Quassolo
REWWANSIA888/ Andrew Kurniawan, Leonardo Vincent, Ariel Bintan
VIDOBUNIA316/ David Natanael Robu, Eduardo Cavalcanti Schifferle