SHELTER
ON WHEELS



बस में बसेरा


Can city bus depots offer shelter for homeless?


Delhi is going to need 20 million new homes in the next 10 years. The acute shortage of affordable housing renders a large number of people shelterless. The city’s night shelter capacity however, caters to less than 5% of this homeless population.

'Shelter on Wheels' envisions to address this pressing need by utilising Delhi’s bus fleet (~4000 in number) parked at depots in the night as shelter units.

The proposal derives its approach from believing that architecture is beyond just building new structures. It demonstrates a case of multi-functional infrastructure and how we can globally manage and distribute constrained resources.



KEYWORDS
architecture beyond building, sustainable construction, invisible city

STATUS
Concept proposal

TIMELINE
November 2018

HOW CAN A CITY GROW WITHOUT BUILDING MORE?   

CONTEXT

It’s a resource-crunch time for architecture.


Times of severe resource-crunch demand an exploration of architecture and urban design beyond the act of building more structures.

While at present, sustainable construction is associated with using leaner processes of construction and efficient materials, the idea of reducing the need for the construction itself remains unexplored to a large extent.
USING BUSES AS ROOMS

Having doors, windows, lighting, fans and a decent level of insulation, city buses can provide better thermal comfort than porta cabin shelter facilities.

A modular bedding system could be designed to assemble over existing seating arrangements at night – without any layout modifications.

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