This project saw a group of concerned construction professionals working with a community to involve and enable them in rebuilding their village. Nine months of preconstruction assistance mobilised the villagers in mapping their land, agreeing housing clusters and eligible benefactors, assessing design alternatives and ultimately formulating a new Village Plan. The first building was appropriately the community centre, followed by 150 housing units, three barracks, a secondary dike and infrastructure. These were all undertaken by the construction committee that again comprised local people, including some women for the first time. The community is not only more independent, it now recognises consensus as the means to resolve problems.
Architect's Record, Post-Tsunami Village Reconstruction
In the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the architects of projects enrolled through the nomination programme receive an Award documentation package which describes the standardised presentation requirements. In addition to submitting photographs, slides, and architectural drawings, architects are asked to complete a detailed questionnaire pertaining to use, cost, environmental and climatic factors, construction materials, building schedule, and, more importantly, design concepts and each project's significance within its own context. These project presentation documents include the architect's record and the aforementioned submission documents.