Dartmouth President Kim to Give Keynote Address to Open $300 House Design Workshop

Tuck at Dartmouth

January 23, 2012

By Kim Keating

On Wednesday, January 25, Dartmouth College President Jim Yong Kim will deliver the keynote address at the Tuck School of Business to launch a four-day design workshop for the $300 House Project, a concept developed by Tuck Professor Vijay Govindarajan.

In the fall of 2010, Govindarajan developed the $300 House concept and began a blog to initiate a dialogue on proposed solutions to develop low-cost housing for the poorest populations in the world, those who are not currently served by any conventional housing programs. Since the initial concept discussion, students, faculty and staff from Tuck, the Thayer School of Engineering [Vicki May & Jack Wilson], Dartmouth’s Studio Art Department and the Center for Health Care Delivery Science have collaborated on the $300 House project.

“Over 70 million people – the size of the United Kingdom – live in pavements with only sky as their roof,” Govindarajan said. “Is this right? Even insects and spiders have houses. Housing is a human right. Any nation which cannot house and look after its own people is a failed nation. It doesn't have to be that way. Businesses, governments, and NGOs must work together to solve this wicked problem.”

The four-day workshop will bring together students, designers, planners, engineers, healthcare providers, business thinkers and members of two communities in Haiti with the goal of integrating the best aspects of their ideas into a single prototype house for rural areas or densely populated urban slums. The project aims to expand into pilot projects in Haiti.

The address on the $300 House Project is open to the public and will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 25, in the Georgiopoulos Classroom in Raether Hall at the Tuck School of Business.

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