Airdrop house

An AMA fiction


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The recent disastrous floods in Pakistan have again illustrated that our most precious resource, water, can also be the cause of much suffering. With 1/3 of Pakistan flooded, 6 million people in urgent need of food aid and 722,000 homes damaged or destroyed there is an urgent responsibility for wealthy countries to help. Many would suggest, correctly, that what a disaster of this magnitude DOES NOT need is another idealistic architect proposing yet another over-simplified and poorly considered “architectural response”. Unfortunately at AMA we are a pack of idealistic simpletons who can’t avoid putting together stupid solutions to serious problems. At AMA we also are deeply concerned about the suffering of others. As such we continue to donate to our favourite charity Medecins Sans Frontieres, an amazing global organisation providing aid through direct local action. We hope that you enjoy our short fiction about suffering caused by flooding. We also ask that when you have finished here you jump on and donate to the amazing and generous folks that do so much to ease suffering on a local level throughout our big blue world.

During a flood event water forces sewage and waste into the streets spreading disease and destroying fresh water supplies. The quick and effective removable of tainted water is necessary before clean up can begin and emergency housing can be erected. We propose that the clean up of water and the immediate implementation of housing be addressed by a single solution. Say hello to the Airdrop House.

Special Mention in the 2011

Special Mention in the 2011

Jury Citation
“Every competition needs a provocation and this entry from Andrew Maynard Architects provided a conceptually powerful and graphically elegant critique of the propensity for architecture to over invest in "quick-fix" solutions. The tongue-in-cheek response, which is conceived as a "short fiction", addresses the problem of emergency relief housing in flood stricken areas. The Airdrop House simultaneously provides water clean up, shelter and food production in a convenient, military infrastructure-friendly package. The humour supports a serious provocation about how architects can and should respond to problems emerging due to climate change, in terms of both emergency relief and the longer-term implications for affected communities. The jury commends the project and its use of the forum of the AA Prize for Unbuilt Work to engage in such polemical discourse.”

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