This is Owen Geiger‘s entry to The $300 House Open Design Challenge. Owen is an earthbag expert and the former Director of Builders Without Borders and Founder and Director of the Geiger Research Institute of Sustainable Building.
The design challenge started out as an idea described by Vijay Govindarajan and Christian Sarkar in a blog post at the Harvard Business Review. In a nutshell, they proposed that it might be possible for a simple home to be built for less than $300. At this price point a viable alternative would become available for millions of people currently living in hazardous makeshift housing around the world.
The initial idea was met with many positive responses, so they decided to take it to the next level and invite people to submit their design concepts through an open design competition.
Take a closer look at this earthbag home design at Earthbag Building Blog.
To learn more about the competition and review the entries visit The $300 House website.
This is a work in progress. I just moved the east window to the north to make it easier to create multi-unit structures.
Drawings in the pipeline include:
– starter house with add-ons
– 2-story apartments with shops at street level
Concerning the $300 cost estimate: The only way to build in this price range is to scrounge almost everything. Forget about normal cost estimating. This is for people living in slums who have virtually no money.
And in case you’re wondering, the guidelines allow for community toilets.