ORGANIZATION NAME: Habitat Indoors
LOCATION: Lima, Peru
SUMMARY: Solve the problem of low-income people's settlements in mega- and developing cities. Create urban designs and sustainable housing that can be used as regional and global plans to meet socio-economical, environmental, material needs, as well as integrated waste management, water and energy supply requirements. They'll offer safety against natural disasters.
PROBLEM SPACE: "Metropolises are gigantic systems focused on speculation, the business of real estate, infrastructure, recreational services, culture and sport, essentially existing in order to benefit companies and corporations that consume enormous quantities of natural and material resources, and who in turn, produce a colossal quantity of waste, instead of being focused on human well-being.
As metropolis are currently designed and developed they bring about climate change, an augmentation of the ecological footprint, and the people inhabiting them suffer a multitude of problems as refered to previously.
At the same time, urban life is based on and governed by consumerism, the principle cause of degradation, and which is altering in an unequivocal manner, the physio-chemical and geobiological biosphere.
The political, economic and social organizational system operates by imposing norms and laws which are designed to ensure continued and indefinite growth of consumption in contraposition to the urban well-being of its inhabitants.
These urban systems by their very design and function are the core of the immense sustainability problems that face humanity.
Establishing protective mechanisms over determined ecosystems, economies, cultures etc, consists in alleviating the symptoms of the problem without tackling the root of the problem; the redesign and functionality of cities."
Masters plans for:
Prevention of natural disasters
Construction of platforms using retaining walls built with local materials and techniques to prevent damages due to earthquakes.
Creation of a green belt in the upper urban area in order to contain landslides.
Progressive homes, prefabricated with local and recycled materials, offering minimum living spaces adaptable to each family's needs.
Use of dehumidifiers and condensers to collect the high air humidity (90%).
Treatment and reuse of wastewater.
Optimization of energy resources
Use of passive bio-climate strategies to obtain thermal and light comfort.
Use of solar and photovoltaic energy for both houses and municipality.
Use of local and recycled materials resulting in energy and transport saving.
Creation of economic sustainability
Obtain food security and create business opportunities via productive parks containing allotments and fish farms.
Creation of microenterprises for the administration of local tourism and waste management.
Creation of social sustainability
Non-residential buildings dedicated to public participation (community halls, health care centres, schools, recreation areas, interpretative centres for the productive areas).
Creation of environmental sustainability
Integrative and separate waste management.
Comercialisation of inorganic waste through recycling micro enterprises, production of gas for housing and fertilizers for the green spaces."