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Kaif Ali - - Primary Short-listed Nominee - Social Volunteer Awards 2021

I am KAIF ALI, Commonwealth Secretary-General Innovation Awardee for SDGs 2021, Diana Awardee'21 UK, EY Scholar'21 UK, UNDP Acclab Innovator, Sustainability Professional, founder of Space Era, and a 20 years old international Award-winning Architecture student, from JAMIA MILLIA ISLAMIA, Delhi, INDIA, passionate about Sustainable Development goals (SDGs) and is actively working upon them. Last year, as the COVID-19 pandemic took centre stage, I began to research how architecture could help prevent the spread of disease. I designed a prefabricated sustainable shelter that would not only help reduce transmission of the virus but could also house refugees worldwide in the future. My design is now being implemented worldwide, appreciated by the Government of INDIA, and recognized by United Nations (UN CTCN) under the top 11 emerging Innovation start-ups solving climate action. I have emerged as a Youth professional shaping the Sustainability industry. I am actively changing the way people view sustainability and social responsibility, from mandatory to an opportunity to innovate. I hope to use architecture to build a better world, is now known for motivating his fellow young generation towards sustainability, who have tried to imitate my approach to start their own projects and initiatives towards United Nation's Global Goals.


VOLUNTEERING FOR ME

Volunteering is something contributing towards the society through your action, skills, knowledge. Volunteering is a selfless action and is considered the best contribution one can do for his/her country/ society and world altogether.


VOLUNTEERING JOURNEY

I am doing volunteering with my Space Era Architectural innovation to provide quarantine facilities for Covid-19 patients. I am doing the volunteering since the initial months of 2020, march-April.


VOLUNTEERING STORY

I am KAIF ALI, Commonwealth Secretary-General Innovation Awardee for SDGs 2021, Diana Awardee'21 UK, EY Scholar'21 UK, UNDP Acclab Innovator, Sustainability Professional, founder of Space Era, and a 20 years old international Award-winning Architecture student, from JAMIA MILLIA ISLAMIA, Delhi, INDIA, passionate about Sustainable Development goals (SDGs) and is actively working upon them. Last year, as the COVID-19 pandemic took center stage, I began to research how architecture could help prevent the spread of disease. I designed a prefabricated sustainable shelter that would not only help reduce transmission of the virus but could also house refugees worldwide in the future. My design is now being implemented worldwide, appreciated by the Government of INDIA, and recognized by United Nations (UN CTCN) under the top 11 emerging Innovation start-ups solving climate action. I have emerged as a Youth professional shaping the Sustainability industry. I am actively changing the way people view sustainability and social responsibility, from mandatory to an opportunity to innovate. I hope to use architecture to build a better world, is now known for motivating his fellow young generation towards sustainability, who have tried to imitate my approach to start their own projects and initiatives towards United Nation's Global Goals.


PROJECT Space Era


ORGANISATION Space Era


MISSION & VISION

Space Era - “A standard shelter space developed in this pandemic era and beyond”

A sustainable shelter solution towards Covid-19 and humanitarian shelter crisis.


PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Space Era - “A standard shelter space developed in this pandemic era and beyond”

A sustainable shelter solution towards Covid-19 and humanitarian shelter crisis.

It was during the initial stage of the COVID19 pandemic that most of the African, South-Asian countries and undeveloped countries.

The major problem is that if the covid-19 suspect is quarantining at home, there is a high probability that he could infect their family likewise if they are not positive but still quarantining in typical mass shelters, there would be high chances for them to get infected. Thus, there is a need for an INTERMEDIATE SHELTER SPACE FOR THE COVID-19 SUSPECTS i.e. Space Era.

Effective maintaining social distancing and other healthcare precautions for-

• Quarantine/Isolation shelter proposal for COVID-19 Patients.

• Hospital Incremental Proposal.

• Portable Washroom Units.

• Portable testing Clinic Units.

• Shelter for Healthcare workers & migrant workers


 Multipurpose Use as -----

• Night and food shelter

• Refugee Camps

• Flood and Earthquake Relief Camps

• Low-cost housing units.

• Disaster resilient infrastructure


The size of the problem is very large and is a major source of transmission of virus worldwide, and the vision of Space Era is efficient enough to tackle/minimize the transmission to a major extent. The project innovation is unique and is also copyrighted (registered with the Government Of INDIA , Copyright- 10537/2020-CO/L).

The main design and construction strategic advantages that make Space Era innovation unique are: -

1. Compartmentalization and Segregation of each Unit.

2. Maintaining Dilution Ventilation.

3. Separate open areas for each Unit.

4. 3 Tier Social distancing norms, safety.

5. Open and Green spaces for Physical, mental, and psychological comfort.

6. Breaking the Transmission of the virus within the Quarantine facility.

7. A universal Solution: has the potential to get implement worldwide.

8. Multiple customizations in design strategies.

9. Multiple purpose usage of facility.

10. Climate responsive sustainable strategies are incorporated

11. Fire, security, and privacy safety for the inhabitants.

12. Vertical Expansion

13. Adaptive Sustainable material strategies, can be made using Cardboard sheets, bamboo etc according to the material available in the project’s context.

14. Involving the local people and material in the project, making it an inclusive innovation promoting the economic life of the local inhabitants.


LENGTH OF SERVICE

Since March 2020 till date.


ROLE IN PROJECT

I see myself as a youth leader working towards climate action, climate mitigation/adaptation strategies and sustainability. Recently, as the COVID-19 pandemic took centre stage, I began to research how architecture could help prevent the spread of disease. I designed a prefabricated sustainable shelter that would not only help reduce transmission of the virus but could also house refugees worldwide in the future. My design is now being implemented worldwide, appreciated by the Government of INDIA, recognized by United Nations under the top 11 emerging Innovation start-ups solving climate actions. I received 10+ awards including Commonwealth Secretary-General Innovation award towards SDGs, Diana Award (UK), Ernst & Young Scholar 2021, Covid-19 Lockdown Hero by National media house with covering 70+ media publications worldwide for my leadership journey as recognized as Young Achiever by TIMES OF INDIA. I have emerged as a Youth professional shaping the Sustainability industry. I am actively changing the way people view sustainability and social responsibility, from mandatory to an opportunity to innovate. I hope to use architecture to build a better world, is now known for motivating his fellow young generation towards sustainability, who have tried to imitate my approach to start their own projects and initiatives towards United Nation's Global Goals. The major roadblocks are the support, opportunities and guidance that I faced in my leadership journey, and I am overcoming them with my innovations, passion towards climate change resiliency & youth leadership, & thus, want to contribute towards society for a better future.


IMPACT OF PROJECT

  • Providing Habitable Shelter space for Covid-19 patients/suspects and healthcare workers. If we can make small isolation units(SpaceEra) in every area/constituency comprising of Quarantine shelters/Isolation shelters ensuring social distancing amongst all patients, we can minimize the spread.

• Advantages:- Minimize the risk of community spread & contact transfer and at the same time providing the psychological comfort of being quarantined within one’s locality.

•Result Quarantined individuals & their families are spared from the alienization of the quarantine shelter as the individual would be quarantined not far from his home. This would eventually minimize the pressure on medical infrastructure, corona warriors, and government.

  • Ensuring Standard of Living for the Refugees

The project is effective to solve shelter crises for war-affected/ climate refugees by providing them shelter ensuring Covid-19, healthcare precaution with fire, privacy safety, and also ensuring Standard of living by providing them habitable space for wellbeing.

  • Achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by United Nations

The Space Era is achieving:-

GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being

GOAL 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

GOAL 8: Decent work and Economic growth

GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities


SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

  • GOAL 1: No Poverty

  • GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being

  • GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

  • GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

  • GOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal


ACHIEVEMENTS

20+ AWARDS & 70+ MEDIA PUBLICATION WORLDWIDE.

RECOGNIZED BY UN, COMMONWEALTH NATIONS, IMPLEMENTED WORLDIWDE.


FUTURE PLANS

I want to implement my Space Era innovation worldwide. The Gulmohar Foundation and Institute of Social Volunteering can support me with connections & opportunities.


REFERENCE:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1VTX-0U1e9_B3zozl-zDkaVOjxMgcTeie?usp=sharing


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