Opportunities for choice and adaptation over time are incorporated, ingraining sustainability through a sense of ownership. People can build what they need as they need it; funding is used more efficiently and more directly.
In the short term, data about the current condition of the city can be gathered through crowd-sourcing mechanisms. Waste material from the city centre can be cleared to the city periphery, to be processed into basic building materials, for a range of simple and fast self-build construction techniques. Water collection tanks act as shaded community pavilions where consultation, education and social gatherings take place.
Individual plots are marked by wired caged, modular, rubble filled gabion walls, creating a flexible private space within. The public space between can make use of existing local skills and be home to shared subsistence agriculture, or commercial and communal projects. A system of shared skills and communal building allows people to share their knowledge and time in return for subsidised building materials or grants.
Over time, each plot and neighbourhood will develop a texture and atmosphere of its own that reflects the life of its inhabitants and becomes home. The competition was organised by Tamayouz, an excellence award scheme dedicated to supporting aspirational and transformative projects tackling local and global challenges. 223 entries were submitted by architecture practices and students from 42 countries.