2020 FINALIST
Open Source Communities
Designer: BellTower, Kenya

The initial plan is to address challenges often found in developing communities; a lack of affordable housing, combined with the poor nutrition of residents due to high rates of unemployment. The plan is to start with a design that provides ways of replicating sustainable food, housing, energy and a healthy society using open-source blueprints.

Although still in the concept phase, pre-existing, open-source assets will be utilized to provide the basic home designs, to which other open-source designs will be introduced to incorporate all related living infrastructure needed to realize community connectivity, agriculture, health and well-being. For example, furniture designs, aquaponics greenhouse designs, hydronic stoves, solar photovoltaic systems, and bio digesters are all planned to be incorporated. All these designs are energy efficient, environmentally friendly (sustainably designed, built of green or recycled materials) and comfortable for family life. For connectivity open-source hardware and cloud software platforms would be implemented.

DESIGNER
BellTower, Kenya

(John Brian Kamau, Joyce Wairimu Gachiri, Ian Githegi Kamau, Esther Wanjiku Kamau and Arvin Booker Kamau)

BellTower was established in 2014 with the vision of using open source systems and technologies to solve problems. They came together to create a team with skills in Risk Management, Information Technology, Design, Project Management and Strategy to build an open-source community model for personal, corporate and industrial needs.

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