Students from the University of Karachi presented a model of flood-resistant houses
Students from the Department of Visual Studies, University of Karachi presented a model of houses that can survive floods in the future.
According to Express News, Karachi University students have come up with a model of low-cost, sustainable and relocatable houses to build houses to control flood damage in the future.
Bamboo, mats, mud, reusable plastic bottles and tires, etc. will be used to build houses where the cost of building materials for a house will be 50 thousand to 1 lakh rupees and there will be no living expenses. There will be no change.
The special thing about the houses is that if there are concerns about them not being damaged or washed away by the water current, then due to their low weight they can easily be moved to another place and their belongings can be stored there. , the recent flood was up to 10 feet, to make the houses safer, the exterior walls will be raised 15 feet to prevent water from entering.
The construction department declared this effort of the talented students feasible and indicated its imminent realization.
The students say they came up with a plan to develop lightweight houses after witnessing severe weather conditions in the country and then put it into practice.
Architecture students from the Department of Visual Studies also say that the house has the ability to float on the surface of water while being designed keeping in mind the past life, culture and traditions of the IDPs.
The structure of the house is mainly made of bamboo and various frames are joined together to form walls that can be adjusted according to the family’s choice and in a flood situation the wall can be removed from the foundation and roof, saving lives at the same time. So in extreme situations it can be converted into a fleet.
The materials used in the house are not foreign to the affected communities and the structures can be built by the IDPs themselves due to simple construction techniques. This design allows the structure to float up to 10-12 feet and will cost between 50k and 80k.
Experts say that more than 30 million people have been displaced by the recent floods in Pakistan and only 4,000 have been provided with temporary tents to live in, which are not even safe and the surrounding environment and water are unhealthy. They are also unable to prevent the spread of diseases caused by
In this regard, Wajiha Siddiqui, a civil engineering lecturer, said that we are the ones who have to face the consequences of natural disasters due to global warming and should be prepared for many more floods in the next 30-50 years. We as future architects had to find a way to give them back their shelters and so we came up with this plan.
He said that in this connection a workshop was also organized for the students in which they were informed about the humanitarian situation and the flood situation. He said that the concept of a rough and ready house should end. Some foundations have visited the project made by students and some NGOs are in contact. We are very happy with the motivation that they have appreciated the efforts of the students.
He further said that our aim is to use public assistance properly so that flood victims recover quickly and avoid future floods.