A model design of migrant worker housing project.
By Fazeena Saleem
DOHA: Migrant worker housing project, a concept originated at Virginia Commonwealth University–Qatar’s (VCU-Q) biennial design conference, Tasmeem Doha, is ready to share architectural designs with organisations.
The concept is based on cost effectiveness and aims to meet international standards for migrant workers’ living conditions.
The key component is an innovative design and planning of portable modules.
The concept is more about portable buildings which could be built at any place depending on the requirement.
It also aims to address the increasing need of suitable labour accommodation, especially near construction sites.
“It’s in a phase now that organisations can take the design,” said Allyson Vanstone, Dean, VCU-Q, at a press conference held yesterday to unveil details of Tasmeem 2013.
“It is a design and the society-relevant project came from Tasmeem,” she added.
The project is supported by Qatar Foundation Chairperson, H H Sheikha Moza bint Nasser and financed by Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP).
The Centre for Research, Design and Entrepreneurship at VCU-Q has developed the concept. QSTP is the funding organisation for the $1.4m project while its Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programme (TIEP) developed the business model.
The project aims to improve poor living conditions of migrant workers in the country.
The basic concept of the project evolved evaluating the possibility of converting shipping containers for migrant worker housing through an innovative design. The architecture is economical and suitable for living. It could be easily configured to respond to specific site conditions and can be modified as labour camps, according to VCU-Q.
A prototype is constructed in Education City and followed by a period of thermal performance monitoring.
After successful completion and testing of the prototype, now VCUQatar says the design is available for organisations for for adoption.