The Theme for the NSDC 2017 is 'DESIGN INNOVATIONS for HOUSING FOR ALL'. need for adequate and appropriate shelter for all along with basic services is more urgent than ever particularly for developing countries like India. Habitat in India is a function of sociocultural and regional diversity, though the stratification has always been on economic criterion wherein the livability has been defined by affordability. This Design Competition defines this diversity through 'ALL' in the following five dimensions as the central theme to guide:
1. Accessible to All diverse abled users, age groups, and gender groups
2. Affordable to All including the low income groups and economic weaker sections
3. Adaptable in All Seasons in a particular geo-climatic region including hazard resistant construction
4. Attractive places for All including diverse social groups, local communities
5. Adoption of All possible appropriate emerging technologies to promote speedier construction without compromising structural & functional performance.
In addition, the dimension of incrementality need to be considered while selecting the Project for intervention. Incrementality is key to housing development in the developing nations which could be as a consequence of increase in family size, opportunity for rental income or evolving affordable conditions over a period of time.
This concept resonated in the work of Pritzker prize winning architect Alejandro Aravena's project. The Quinta Monroy Housing in Chile. Housing tends to serve as a catalyst for a change in socio-cultural milieu and also aids in economic development and lays foundation for a life of dignity. By investing in homes, people in particular the economically weaker sections, urban poor and the low income groups accumulate equity that can be used as collateral, making them more credit worthy for accessing finance through normal channels and also as a resource for income.