Increasingly, being homeless has become a problem for a wider range of society. My project is important as I feel homeless people need to have the opportunities for community and care which most of us take for granted.
Why and How is it Prevalent in Our Society?
- causes economic downturn, increases poverty, and family dysfunction
- there is a 77% chance that a homeless person could sleep rough
- caused by a lack of affordable housing, poverty, unemployment, and other personal life events
- has an adverse effect on their health and they become entrapped
- failed to cope with their difficulties and alienated themselves from the rest of the world
This project is meant to provide homeless people in Hong Kong with a space to live and a community to connect and bond with. Many people are unable to buy or rent an apartment/house because the rent is expensive and the land is limited. During terrible weathers and natural disasters, people can have an indoor space to live in and be safe from getting injured. In order to house a large number of people in a constricted area, I plan to design a building that contains small sections/rooms in Victoria Park. They will have access to clean water, showers, bathrooms etc. Victoria Park has many affordable restaurants nearby since it’s next to a shopping area as well. I plan to utilize part of Victoria Park and because it’s located in Causeway Bay (shopping area) but is private enough to allow people to feel less crowded. I also would like to make good use of the environment and help people connect to their surroundings through design. Since one of my goals is to help the homeless community connect, there will be a community center where people can gather and interact with each other.
Case Study: ENVIROPOD FRP DOMES
This kind of shelter is a temporary shelter that focuses on durability, safety, and how easy it is to be built. This shelter serves for many purposes aside from homeless shelters, such as refugee crisis mitigations, inventory storage facilities, and seasonal camping lodges. Enviropod FRP domes are much more easy to build compared to other temporary shelters, but it also gives the user a greater sense of privacy and security.
This location allows me the flexibility to play around with the large open area surrounded by nature. The land is made of grass and is flat. This field also gives people the opportunity to view the city and nature at the same time. There will be loads of sunlight in the daytime since it’s an open space.
1st Phase Drawings – Schematic Design
Elevations and Perspective:
2nd Phase Drawings – Design Development
I explored how the sliding door affects lighting in the room
Interior of a Room:I would be grateful if you are able to offer any suggestions to help me further develop my design idea, using the form below. Most importantly, when you are walking along the streets, be kind to whoever you see is homeless. It is often not a choice they have made, and they do need our respect and help. Thank you
Fuller information on my design process and bibliography of references can be found here.