The Charter Communities XPRIZE is going to challenge teams to design a master plan of an intentional community with a built environment and social infrastructure that will empower low-income residents.
Our team is currently refining the design parameters that will guide teams as they work on their solutions. These parameters include:
The housing must be affordable for the targeted residents according to various measures.
The housing must be capable of faster than usual construction times.
The housing must be resilient in the face of natural or human-caused disasters.
The housing must be durable against normal wear and tear for the lifespan of occupancy.
Construction waste must be reduced or eliminated in the from building to end-of-life.
The housing must be energy efficient and conserve water at or beyond the highest modern standards.
The interior environment must promote the health of residents through healthy materials, lack of toxins, ample natural light, proper temperature and humidity, and minimization of light and noise pollution.
The built environment must incorporate aesthetics and cultural specificity according to the community’s desires and needs.
The community design must incorporate the needs and feedback of the target residents to a considerable and satisfactory degree.
The master plan must include a governance structure designed according to the community’s values and residents’ rights.
The design must include a robust plan for community engagement, interaction, networking, and trust-building among residents.
The community must provide access to information through a robust digital infrastructure and the coordination of services and opportunities.
What is missing? Or, what isn’t necessary? What can be added to any one of the parameters here to give it more specificity?
These parameters will be used to guide what teams must perform in order to compete in and win the XPRIZE competition.
We look forward to seeing all of your insights and feedback!
Please let us know in the comments below if you have questions about any of these, or ideas of what should be added.