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University dominates sustainable shelter contest

Update: April, 11/2013 - 10:15

HCM CITY (VNS)— Students from Van Lang University won three out of four awards in the "Sustainable Shelter in an Age of Climate Change and Disaster" design contest yesterday.

The first prize went to the Floating Market House designed by Nguyen Hong Qun and Tran Truong Thuy Nhi. The two students drew inspiration from the Cai Rang Floating Market in Can Tho (the Mekong Delta).

"We wanted to create a shelter to ensure that people were comfortable in the dry season and safe in the flood season while preserving the unique culture of the Mekong Delta," said Nhi.

The simple, sustainable design has a modest cost of VND100 million (US$4,800).

"This project provides the best response to the selection criteria. We asked for houses to be resilient to extreme climate conditions, minimise environmental impact, effectively use locally-sourced building materials and be easy to build," said Sattawat Thitaram, Viet Nam director for SCG Building Materials.

SCG will use the winning design to build houses for people in disaster-affected areas.

Launched last November, the contest attracted 26 teams from six Vietnamese universities. It was jointly organised by SCG and Habitat for Humanity Vietnam. — VNS

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