This section shows responses to some frequently asked questions. Participants will be able to request further clarification for the entire duration of the contest and before the established deadline from the following e-mail address: info@kairalooro.com. Responses will be published exclusively in English. Questions similar to those already present on the site will not receive a response.

Main topics:

Roof overhangs / Groundfloor / File names / Bed hospitality / Indoor space / Total volumes 200sqm / Solar panel / Bathrooms / Under 35 requirement / Materials / Internship / ID TEam / Deadlines / Meterials Price / Document Under 35 / Payment / Who can participate / Women Association / Number of proposal

If the design involves several volumes, should the total area be 250 square meters?

Yes, the design must be a maximum of 250 square meters. For example, the Children's House can have a single volume of maximum 250sqm, or two volumes of 100 square meters plus one of 50 square meters, etc. In any case, the project cannot exceed 250 square meters in total.

How we should consider the 8 (at maximum) beds of the hospitality space? Should we divided it between mothers and children?

As indicated in the announcement the building must have at maximum 8 beds. This number serves to give an idea of the space to allocate to this activity. ​There is no need to distinguish between mother and children, as these can be considered together in a process of fighting child malnutrition. The choice to allocate beds is dependent on specific choices made on a medical and organizational basis, and which therefore goes beyond the dynamics of the competition. In fact, bed management will be part of the management of the Children's Ho​use, made by local operators and in close collaboration with local hospitals and medical guards. Therefore, the Children's House does not replace the hospitals but collaborates with them and the beds are to be used in highly compromising situations. The presence of beds allows the organization of the house to be able to vary its services to the community. Ultimately, in your project you should simply consider that there should be 8 beds at maximum.

How must A1, A4 and Cover files be named?

The correct naming of the files is mandatory, and the error leads (according to the regulation of the announcement) to the exclusion of the project. The files must be named as in the Layouts sent after registration and your team ID used, composed as in the registration email. The files must be named as follows:
A1_idteam - A4_idteam - Cover_idteam

Where instead of "idteam" there must be the alphanumeric code indicated in the registration email.

Are the overhangs of the roof part of the 250 square meters?

If below the overhang the space is open they are not considered into the 250 square meters. Instead, if below there are walls or closed partitions they are considered part of square meters.

Why is it required that the project is ground floor only?

Being a self-construction design, to be carried out with simple technologies and poor materials, elevations, stairs or elevators cannot be built because they would increase the costs and complicate the construction. Furthermore, we wish integrate the architecture with the nature as it is a natural context in which all the houses are on the ground floor only.

What you means "indoor space"?

The indoor spaces are those spaces in which all the activities of the Children's House can be carried out safely at any time of the year.

Can I put my ID Team into the layout (cover or A1)?

No. Your Team ID must only be used to rename files (A1_IDTEAM, Cover_IDTEAM, A4_IDTEAM). Layouts with the IDTEAM inside layout fall into the causes of exclusion.

What is the role of the woman in the village? Are there women's human rights associations?

In the project area there are patriarchal hierarchy and polygamy. The woman mainly carries out domestic and commercial activities. There are many women involved in the management of rice fields. There are cases of early marriages and pregnancies but they are decreasing compared to the last 10 years. There are sporadic events of family violence. In the area, women group create associations mainly engaged in developing activities to improve agricultural production and to create a network. 70% of adult women did not graduate from secondary school. There are many girls who drop out of school to help their mothers with housework. The highest positions of women in administrations are those of municipal councils.

Can I design solar panels and other types of systems (electrical, hydraulic etc.) ?

The competition only requires the design of the architectural building. The design of the systems such as solar will take place in a next phase by the non profit organization, so these design are not required. You are free to make it but this choice should not be included in the project budget and it won't be evaluate by the jury.

I am not architectural student, can I participate? Is the competition restricted only to students or professionals?

People from other disciplines can also participate, such as engineers, philosophers, sociologists, photographers, etc. Our competitions are open to anyone (student and not) who want to show the world their solution.

How do I manage the bathrooms? Is there a water and sewer network?

It is one of the least developed areas of the country, where there are no water and sewage networks. The bathrooms are made through a hole in the ground, often made far from the house to avoid the proliferation of bacteria. The participant can foresee the positioning of the services (inside or outside the building) but the design of the sewage system is not required.

Are the materials in the list the only ones available?

No. The materials indicated are those most used and easier to find in the area surrounding the project. No type of material is avoided, but the choice and use of materials is a parameter of judgment of the jury based on the indications of the announcement.

Can I change the team after I register?

No. As written in the registration form, the team is no longer editable. This is done to avoid database manipulation and protect attendee data.

What kind of document can I send for the "document under 35"?

You can send any type of official documents in your country such us passport, driving license and identity card.

Can I have a refund of the registration fee?

No. As written in the rules and conditions of the announcement, reimbursement is not possible under any circumstances.

Where can I find other material prices?

In the registration mail you find the downloads of material(prices, features and images). For all other materials you can use the international prices, or the price of any other country that you will indicate on the report.

Is it the "internship Award" for all the members of the group?

Yes. The internship is provided for the whole team. The host firm will need the Curriculum Vitae, portfolio and an interview with the winning team to verify their academic and/or professional skills fall into architecture firm standard requirements.

What is the deadline time? Is there extensions?

The deadline is written in the announcement and on the website on calendar page. There isn't extensions. All projects delivered after this date will not be considered, as it was written in official notice. So, We recommended don't wait the last day to load the project to avoid overloading the system.

I'm not able to access in Pay Pal payment system, can I register with another payment method?

The registration process via PayPal is the only way possible, and it allows to protect all the information you enter. If your PayPal system does not allow you to pay, the problem could be your credit / debit card or your country. So, You should verify if your country adheres to the PayPal system and if you can't solve the problem you should write to info@kairalooro.com, to ask another payment method.

If I won't won any prizes can I have a certificate of attendance?

All participants can request a certificate of participation within 3 months from the end of the competition.

I am currently 36, can I participate?

You can register as an individual or team with at maximum 5 members. All the teams must have at least one component having age between 18 and 35 years old at least until the end of the competition . Teams missing one under 35 year old member at least will be disqualified. Therefore, Since you are 36, you need to create a team with at least one member under 35 to participate.

Is my team able to submit more than one proposal?

You are free to submit more than one proposal as long as you register each one separately and pay its correspondent fee. In such cases it is highly recommended to change the team leader.