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Panama City

The Challenge | Live Smart

Evaluate environmental, social, and economic data to design tools and plan blueprints for smart and connected rural and urban settlements.

Building Life Changes

Building Life Chances is a project that aims reintegration of people living in extreme poverty in an economic and social context, and also giving them a place to live.


This project is directed mainly to the Governments of the countries with the highest extreme poverty indexes and focuses its strengths to revive the dreams of these people by the means of self-motivation and personal improvement through the construction of a housing made of Cellular Concrete blocks (mixture of concrete with a foam), designed in such a way that in the least amount of space meets the basic needs of a person. This project brings forward the idea to use human resources from universities to be the mean by which students perform social work hours and thus reduce the cost that would have to hire dedicated personnel in areas of construction, psychology and social work.

Objectives of the project:

A. Build the resilience of the poor and those in vulnerable situations and reduce their exposure and vulnerability to climate-related extreme events and other economic, social and environmental shocks and disasters.

B. Make the design of a house that suits for the basic needs of an individual, saving as much space as possible to reduce the cost.

C. Use materials such as cellular concrete for the construction of houses that are heat resistant.

D. Resocialize or reintegrate individuals living in extreme poverty and give them the possibility of having a better quality of life.

E. Provide a space for social work for the integral training of professionals in various work areas such as Engineering, Sociology, Psychology and others.

F. Improve the economy of the country by reducing the burden these individuals represent for the state.

G. Increase social security by reducing the number of people living on the streets.

H. Applying space saving concepts adapting furniture to the design of the house.

We used Autodesk Homestyler App to make our design. http://www.homestyler.com/floorplan/?assetId=cadf7...


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