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Mozambique is one of the poorest country in the world and, the average life expectancy does not reach 58 years, according to data from the World Health Organization. 

Besides all the economic and social problems, the country has been the scene of great natural catastrophes. 

During this year, along with the rainy season, suffered the ferocious attack of two cyclones, Idai and Kenneth. 

Many NGOs went to the place to go to those who suffered in the skin the fury of the winds and the force of the waters. 

Mozambique is cyclically affected by natural disasters, with the south registering drought and the center and north of the country flooded. More than 3 million people were affected. 

After natural attacks, comes the risk of epidemics, favored by stagnant water and lack of health and hygiene conditions: malaria, cholera, dengue, zika


“... to all those who lost family members or lost their homes, who saw the schools where their children studied were destroyed, the roads they traveled disappeared ... the workers of the United Nations agencies, in humanitarian terms, at the development level, from the very first moment, they try to do their best to help the Mozambican people to get out of this huge crisis and to restart their development path.” António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations






crisis; cyclone; floods; poverty; health; cholera; medical care; education; malnutrition; help; nature;




Theme: evacuation center



The challenge of this edition is to think about how it could be an emergency evacuation center for natural catastrophes. A tower? A small city? a bunker? Well, we do not know the solution but we want to leave open all possibilities for you to give us the answers. 

What we do know is that you have to have: 



-Medical center for vaccination 

-Dormitory for families, sanitary facilities, food zone 

-Area for NGO teams operating in the center, with dormitories, cafeteria and bathrooms 

-Warehouse for clothes, food, medicine, etc. 

- Heliport 

-other areas that you consider. 




1st Place
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Team: Beatrice Balducci, Niccolò Battilana

City: Milano

Country: Italy

2nd Place
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Team: Carmen Modoran, Ioana Cristiana Radut, 

City: Bucharest

Country: Romania

3rd Place
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Team: Osman Bari, Caitlin Paridy,

City: Toronto

Country: Canada

Honorable mentions
Honorable Mentions
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Team: Anastasiia Efimova, Irina Kuleshova, Valeria Perevozchikova, Antonina Popovich

City: Moscow

Country: Russian Federation

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Team: Fu Jiuyang, Hu Jun, Yin Zheng, Meng Fangning

City: Xiamen

Country: China

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Team: Anton Panchenko, Tatiana LLina

City: Krasnoyarsk

Country: Russian Federation

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Team: Victoria Daue, Elizabeth Mozalevskaya

City: Moscow

Country: Russian Federation

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Team: Alexander Mavlyonkin, Pavel Moiseev, Evgenii Zimin 

City: Moscow

Country: Russian Federation

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Team: Manon Paludetto, Tom Martin,

City: Grenoble

Country: France

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Team: Giuliana Franco Gargiulo, Nahuel Garcia Pastor, Camila Ailen Carrasco, Macarena Nahir Salvatierrez, Melina Guzman

City: Cordoba

Country: Argentina

Final Comments


Final comments to the winning proposals  - 24H competition 30rd edition – mozambique

"Taking on solving disaster relief in 24h is a big task to take on and some teams have done remarkably well in crafting proposals that can add to the discussion of how to best help people in urgent need. Many proposals are focused on a purely defensive strategy and ends up with a very structuralist approach that leads to prison-like architecture. I would encourage these to look at and learn from the imaginative and emphatic proposals and particularly for ideas competitions to work less with solving everything and focus on new ideas." Lasse Lyhne-Hansen ,arch. 

1st PLACE - ID000650:

​“The project is based on a strong idea that contributes in to the everyday life. But it does not provide vision for the technical development and refinement.” Alper Derinbogaz, arch.

​“ This project is the most feasible I have seen among all the proposals. It proposes a light and resistant structure made with local materials and construction techniques. It does not require expensive technology and can therefore be reproduced even in the most precarious places. Its shape refers to the construction of villages typical of the tropical climate.” Lua Nitsche, arch.

“Floating Resilience learns from and evolves on the local vernacular architecture to formulate these resilient, float-able structures. By using simple materials the communities that need them could probably construct the structures on top of the buoyant platforms themselves with a minimum of supervision. Although the structure is simple it is also highly sculptural and easily the most beautiful buildings proposed in this competition.” Lasse Lyhne-Hansen ,arch.

​"Inspired from the existing life in Mozambique, the project offers a floating cluster that aims to sustain the traditional life, even in case of natual disasters. The proposal is conceptually coherent and beautiful in graphics. Congratulations!" Duygu Tuntas, arch.

"The winning proposal combines a good idea with beautiful graphics, designers have addressed many issues such as local context, practicality, and beauty almost equally,  making this entry successful." Aras Burak, arch.

2nd PLACE - ID000600:

​"The tower as a disaster relief typology is a dubious choice for a country with a low population density and it offers almost nothing to the place where it sits. Architecturally the proposal hints to what the J. Wines concept "Highrise of Homes" could have looked like if it was inspired by Aldo Rossi. Lasse Lyhne-Hansen ,arch.

"Approaching from a modular system, this project is a mini plug-in-city that aggregates in a vertical structure. There is little information on how the base works, yet the design is intriguing." Duygu Tuntas, arch.

""The Chest" is less of a local approach to design, it is interesting to imagine a global grid of these towers supported by today's technology like drones, disconnecting people from the psychological trauma of the disaster location, making them potentially feel safe in a highrise. " Aras Burak, arch.


3nd PLACE - ID00070:

“The project is rooted from a simple idea yet it covers many complex problems of the problem given. The emphatic and research based approach develops fresh yet ecological design.” Alper Derinbogaz, arch.

“Return of the Mangrove is beautiful, curious and imaginative proposal and for me the clear winner. The proposal looks beyond the brief by utilizing landscape restoration as a long term strategy coupled with immediate response from the programme of the competition. The proposal is scaled as pavilions that can have many uses and can be well integrated with the communities it will serve. The mangroves as well as the pavilions would likely add a lot of quality in both everyday use and disaster scenarios. “ Lasse Lyhne-Hansen ,arch. 

"Instead of adapting the existing conditions, this project selects the damaged land and aims to heal the natural habitat. The idea is successfully represented." Duygu Tuntas, arch.

""Return of the Mangrove" has a beautiful approach by using nature to strengthen the built environment, also the project is envisioned and presented in an aesthetically pleasing way. However, mangroves are also known for being the host of mosquitoes, therefore, they are reduced in Abu Dhabi for example around residential areas. The success of the proposal seems to rely on the success of the mangrove idea more than the architectural intervention. " Aras Burak, arch.







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