The goal of CONSTRUIRE LA PRÉVENTION DU PALUDISME is to retrofit 24 housing units in the community of Minkoaméyos in Yaoundé, Cameroon. The design of the housing units should combine the use of common sense principles and innovative ideas to minimize the transmission of malaria. Our campaign is unique in that we not only seek design excellence, but design that truly integrates architectural construction with community health improvements.
Please carefully read through the project brief and refer to the Resources for more background information and drawings. Thank you for participating and good luck!
April 25th - World Malaria Day Competition Launch
May 25th - Round 1 Questions Submission Deadline
June 1st - Round 1 Questions Answered
July 20th – Registration Deadline
July 27th - Round 2 Question Submission Deadline
August 3rd - Round 2 Questions Answered
August 20th - World Mosquito Day - Submission Deadline
September 17th - Round 1 Jury Review - 20 Finalists Announced
October 3rd - World Habitat Day - Round 2 Jury Review - 3 Winners Announced
November 11th - Construction Drawings Due for Winning Designs
International and local professionals and students are welcome to participate. Architects, medical practitioners, environmental engineers, urban planners, entomologists, product/industrial designers, public health specialists, and other interested individuals are especially encouraged to submit their ideas to the competition.
ARCHIVE strongly encourages multidisciplinary, cross-cultural, and international collaboration. The judging panel will look favorably upon such partnerships. One of the most important features of the competition is the capacity of entrants to demonstrate collaborative efforts with individuals from other disciplines. This is an important part of the project and we strongly encourage you to utilize it. To find a team individuals can submit a profile with details of their location and expertise. You can search a database to link up with potential partners who have a different expertise and/or geographical base. Visit the Create A Team page to learn more!
One project submission per group is permitted. Participation is prohibited for those directly affiliated with ARCHIVE or the judging panel. No more than six people are permitted per team. Participants may enter individually.
The housing units to be retrofitted are all located in the community of Minkoaméyos, an informal housing settlement in Yaoundé, the capital of Cameroon. There are approximately 42,000 inhabitants in this community with the majority living in single-story houses of about 70m2, generally built without the consultation of an architect or engineer. The malaria burden in Yaoundé is significant, with 30% of medical visits being malaria-related.
For more information, please see the Resources.
Malaria affects millions of people around the world each year and is one of the top causes of mortality in Cameroon, particularly affecting children and pregnant women. The Anopheles female mosquito transmits this vector borne disease when it bites human flesh.
Currently, the most effective methods of preventing transmission are through the use of insecticide-treated nets (ITNs), indoor-spraying, and anti-malarial medication. ITNs play a crucial role as a protective barrier from mosquitoes at night, however they have limitations. Although they may protect people sleeping under the nets, the rest of the house can remain an active breeding ground for infectious mosquitoes.
Thus, housing materials and open space between these materials greatly influences the potential number of malaria cases. Locally available materials and building methods such as iron and tiled roofs, concrete block and plastered brick walls, closed eaves, screened doors and netted ceilings can greatly reduce the number of mosquitoes indoors as well as create a more sanitary living environment.
CONSTRUIRE LA PRÉVENTION DU PALUDISME presents an opportunity to utilize these existing housing materials and building methods as well as new, innovative architectural or product design solutions to strengthen protection against malaria. ARCHIVE believes that better housing is the key to significantly improving health conditions and lowering disease transmission.
For more information on housing and malaria, please see Resources.
Our partners on the ground have chosen two different typologies of houses that they believe are reflective of the 24 that will be improved. We have included sections, elevations, plans, and photos of the two typologies in the Resources document but it must be kept in mind that no two houses are alike and due to the informal nature of many of these houses, even the drawings may not be 100% accurate. It is thus essential that the improvements designed are not house-specific, but rather techniques that could be applied to a wide range of houses.
Please submit a design for each of the following two typologies.
Issues to Address:
Currently Yaoundé and the community of Minkoaméyos are unable to adequately process increasing waste generation rates and quantities, creating environmental and health related problems for the area. The waste generated typically includes large amounts of plastics, metals and glass. This open innovation campaign is seeking entries that put forth innovative strategies for incorporating, reusing, or recycling this waste into the renovation design schemes for each housing typology.
For more information on Waste Disposal issues in Yaoundé, please see Resources.
The current budget for each renovation is $300 per house. This budget is based on the current housing costs in the area and the local material costs. Please see Resources for detailed budget info.
Designs for each housing typology should be able to undergo complete construction within a timeframe of approximately two months.
Upon completion of the 24 housing retrofits, the winning teams and ARCHIVE will begin work alongside community-based organizations in Cameroon to scale up the project.
Throughout the project, awareness and capacity-building activities will take place with an emphasis on skills training for housing improvements and health workshops on malaria prevention.
Entrants must agree that ARCHIVE reserves the right to reproduce all entries on the competition website. ARCHIVE has the non-exclusive reproduction rights to all entries for advertising, promotion, exhibition, print publication, and Internet purposes related to the competition.
By submitting an entry, a team or individual acknowledges that all work is their own, and does not infringe the intellectual rights of any third party. No entries may breach the copyright, trademark or design right of any party not listed in the entrant's registration. The entrants take responsibility for all intellectual property and copyright.
If selected as a finalist, the winning teams/entrants must be able to first develop their design and then provide construction documents for implementation. The construction documents must be completed by November 11th, 2012.
To register a team, please fill out the registration form below. The final deadline is June 20th, 2012.
One team member must be nominated as the team leader who will be the point of contact for future communication with ARCHIVE. The team leader will receive a Submission ID, which will act as a password to use in the project submission and to access secure parts of the site. This number should also be used as an ID on presentation material to ensure anonymity.
The cost of registering varies according to professional status and the country in which the team is based:
$50 US for professionals from developed nations
$30 US for students from developed nations
$15 US for teams from developing nations*
For teams with mixed entrants, the required payment will be based on the highest fee within the team.
*A list of countries identified as developing nations can be found here.
If paying by PayPal, confirmation will be immediate. You will receive your Submission ID and confirmation in an email. We strongly recommend payment via PayPal.
REMINDER: AFTER MAKING PAYMENT, YOU MUST CHECK ORANGE BUTTON TO COMPLETE REGISTRATION PROCESS
We accept money transfer payments through MoneyGram. At the time of transfer, please obtain a Reference Number from your money transfer. This Reference Number will serve as your Submission ID, and is the number you should include on your entry materials. After you fill out the registration form below, you will be given an option to enter your MoneyGram Reference Number, and will get a confirmation email.
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Please make money orders payable to:
P.O. Box 8371
New York, NY 10150
PLEASE NOTE: For all MoneyGram users, your MoneyGram Reference Number will serve as your Submission ID for all other competition materials.
Submissions will be received in electronic format. Please upload submissions through our secure server that can be accessed by signing in with the Submission ID provided at registration.
The evaluation of the competition proposals will occur through two rounds of jury review.
Twenty teams will be selected from this first review to move on to the second jury panel. These teams will be announced on September 17th, 2012.
Judges from the second panel will come together to select three winning proposals from the twenty finalists. The winners will be announced on October 3rd, 2012.
1st place: $1000 cash prize and a 10 day-trip to Cameroon for one member of your team. Trip includes airfare from nearest international airport as well as local accommodation in Cameroon.
2nd place: 10-day trip to Cameroon for one member of your team. Trip includes airfare from nearest international airport as well as local accommodation in Cameroon.
Top prize from Africa: $1000 cash prize.
Honorable mentions: Three honorable mentions will be given and will be displayed on this website.
Things to Note:
• As the winning architect, you will be responsible for directing workshops in Cameroon to inform the local builders about the construction of your winning design and the new building strategies used to combat malaria. During the workshop, you will be asked to place an emphasis on the use of recycled material used in the construction of your design and its benefits in reducing standing water and malaria breeding-grounds.
• First and second place prizes can be awarded to African based teams. If 1st or 2nd place is awarded to a Cameroon based team, a cash prize will be given in lieu of the trip.
The CONSTRUIRE LA PRÉVENTION DU PALUDISME campaign is unique in combining health and design. In order to develop a quality design that responds to both of these parameters, it is important to be well acquainted with the larger perspective. We have compiled a comprehensive database of research ranging from local site conditions to important facts about malaria. We encourage that you read everything through very carefully. You can also find architectural drawings of the site and existing buildings here. All information can be downloaded as a PDF below.