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Kakuma United

A demountable youth sports facility for Kakuma Refugee Camp
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Kakuma United: A Demountable Sports Facility for Kakuma Refugee Camp

Challenge | Design
Community Development |
Location | Video


Let's Build More Than A Place To Play

Where resources are scarce, we can create community access points to deliver vital services.

Let's create a highly transportable and deployable facility that act as a sustainable infrastructure node. This facility would be used in Kakuma Refugee Camp and then re-purposed as a community anchor point by returning refugees into Southern Sudan.

| Mobile Demountable Sports and Community Facility |

Need: Nothing connects kids like the power of play. In areas of great need are opportunities to use sports as a catalyst for social change. Where resources are scarce, products can be distributed to deliver vital services. In many parts of the world sporting activities, especially local and traditional sports, are being incorporated into a variety of programs geared toward helping youth address a broad range of issues affecting their lives.

By emphasizing a "team" approach, these programs help impart the skills needed by the next generation to overcome the many challenges faced by their countries, from poverty to HIV/AIDS, malnutrition to low educational access. The 'sports for change' center aims to provide the youth in communities with limited resources the opportunity to play sports safely, securely, and frequently.

| Challenge |

Your challenge is to design a solution to create a demountable/deployable community facility and futsal or Basketball play area. The design should comprise of a structure and construction mechanism that can unfurl to provide as a safe space for youth to play, but must be re-packaged securely when the play area is not used or space is not available, or when it moves from one location to another.

| Design Constraints |
Design Teams should consider some or all of the following:
• The unit must be assembled on site and delivered by various modes of transportation [on land and over water]
• When deployed, the design should provide safe places to play and include one basketball court and a 5 a side futsal pitch.
• Employ sustainable and/or local building materials and construction methods to realize their design.
• Develop mechanisms for off-grid, self sufficient sources of power for lights, communications (phone or internet) and water.
• Address issues of crowd control and security when tournaments are held.
• Facility must be built for less than 100,000 Euros.
• Facility must include a space dedicated to health and/or education services as well as community meetings.

| Community and Economic Development by Design |

• An approach where youth in the neighborhood could build and maintain the facility without the need of government intervention. Address needs of girls and women in the community including empowerment and safety.
• Use factors to ensure equal access for girls and boys
• Micro-business generation through production: Imagine processes that will allow the facility to be self-maintained and operated and serve as development hubs for supporting and generating local social entrepreneurs.
• As most youth are either in school, or more often working, during the day teams must figure out a way to allow these facilities to operate in the late evening and early mornings.
• Use informal solutions to transform under–utilized public space on a temporary basis.
• Meeting space for large gatherings (to kick off games, hold community or educational events)

| Futsal Field |
• Minimum dimensions: 15m x 28m (49ft x 28ft)
• Surface: Use location surface, but provide demarcation for the field dimensions
Download Sketchup Model

| Basketball Court |
• Minimum dimensions: Use Standard dimensions for basketball court
• Surface: Use location surface, but provide demarcation for the field dimensions

| Sports Products/Equipment |
• Shirts
• Shorts/Pants
• Shoes
• Balls
• Goals + goal posts

| Kakuma Refugee Camp |

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| Videos from Kakuma |

| Additional Research |


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Competition Details

  • Name: Kakuma United
  • Host: Architecture for Humanity
  • Type: Public
  • Registration Deadline:
  • Submission Deadline: January 20 2011
  • Entry Fee: Free
  • Status: Open