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Energy Globe Award

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National ENERGY GLOBE Award India 2017

Submitted by: BASEhabitat, University of Art and Design Linz

Students made a masterplan together with the people of the leper village “Little Flower” in north India. This should help them develop a better way of life, a better quality of life and economic independence.

Initial situation
People with leprosy in India are abandoned by their communities and as a result they are forced to build villages outside of society. After the earthquake in 2015 many buildings were damaged and people are still unemployed. Due to corruption in the area it is very hard to attain a reliable supply of essential construction materials.

This project helps people especially in the “Little Flower” village. They cure people with leprosy and show them how to stay healthy. Another part is to build flats or houses for sick people and their families. They also need jobs for a better quality of life. The organization offers education and creates jobs for all people living there to work their way out of poverty. Clay and bamboo are the main materials for building houses. They are affordable and easy to access.

The innovative aspect of this project is the building work. The walls are made from clay and are 50cm thick. Clay stores the heat from the sun during the day and release it during the night. This reduces the structures reliance on heating equipment. The local climate is very humid during summer months, the walls of these structures soak up the moisture and releases it later. This keeps the humidity level in the house at a nominal level. Bamboo is also a lasting building material with an additional use in furniture production. It is important that the people know the benefit of clay and bamboo and learn how to build houses on their own. The construction process is simple and affordable.


Entwurf / Design
Sebastian Vilanek

Entwurfsbetreuung / Design Supervision
Roland Gnaiger
Michael Zinner
Clemens Quirin

Bauleitung / Construction Management
Iris Nöbauer
Sebastian Vilanek
Franz Landl
Fatima Martín

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Capital: New Delhi
Official language: Hindi, English
Total area: 3.287.263 km²
GDP/Capita/Year: $1.527
Source: Wikipedia 2012