This competition is to crowdsource design ideas for an Open Data Lab being established in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The Lab will provide a physical space supplemented by state of the art IT infrastructure and a data-use centre, which will actively encourage collaboration among individuals and / or groups from governments, donors, civil society, infomediaries, the private sector and entrepreneurs on the innovative use of data. Specifically, it will be used for training, co-working space for entrepreneurs, events, conferences, hackathons, meet-ups and other related events.
The Lab, as an independent institution housed within College of ICT, will provide resources to data entrepreneurs, open data enthusiasts, government, NGOs, data scientists and others who have a stake in the use of data to sustainably address local development challenges in Tanzania. It will also welcome individuals and organizations with an interest but less experience in data use.
The lab will provide resources including -
1) A convening, co-working and incubator space.
2) IT platform and a hub to store, combine, analyse, visualize and share data from various sources.
3) Training facility.
4) Shared space for events, workshops and community events.
5) Shared space for hosting conferences for a large audience.
The Data Lab is embarking on an ambitious goal to remove, or decrease, some of the key constraints on effective use of data in decision-making. It aims to achieve this goal by:
• Establishing an active, supportive (virtually and physically) environment in which data openness is encouraged.
• Focus on the use of information and data to improve peoples’ lives.
• Acting as a hub for stakeholders to produce, synthesize and utilize data, including “open” data.
• Making available IT systems for storing, accessing, organizing, and sharing data.
• Engage, support and connect program stakeholders to local needs and priorities, regional efforts and global partnerships for greater combined impact and program sustainability.
Note: The shared spaces mentioned above under [4, 5] are not included in the scope of this competition.
Site Description and Scope
The Lab site consists of two blocks adjacent to each other connected by a common green area. There is an approach road that directly connects this space with ample parking space on either side.
Please refer to the photograph below. For the current scope of work, these areas are designated as BLOCK C and BLOCK D.
Block D Plan Layout
Note: Please also refer to the complete layout image. The yellow marked portion represents the room that is immediately below this text
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Panoramic view of the space
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Total Area: 112.91 SQM
Length 16.13 M
Width 7.00 M
Height: 3.58 M
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Structural Changes Proposed / Allowed for Block C
Removal of wooden flooring and replaced by a concrete floor
Removal of false ceiling replaced by existing concrete ceiling
Provision of a maximum of 3 windows on the east wing wall
Provision of entry door on the east wing wall
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Total Area: 142.56 SQM
Large Room: 14.4 m. X 7.2 m. = 103.68 SQM
Small Room -1: 5.4 m. X 3.8 m = 20.52 SQM
Small Room-2: 5.4 m X 3.4 m. = 18.36 SQM
Height: 3.54 M
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Structural Changes Proposed / Allowed for Block D
Replace a portion of the wall connecting Small Room 2 with the Large Room with a thick glass window
Replace a portion of the wall connecting Small Room 2 with the Large Room with a thick glass window
Any other alteration that will allow thick glass windows in Small Room 1,2 facing the Large Room
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The Block C Area has to accommodate a new common entrance door for male and female toilet access. This has to be designed as per the virtual entrance marked below.
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Desired Design Elements
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1) Suggest entry and exit points for all rooms along with one access control door for Block C and Block D each.
2) Suggest landscaping options for the common area connecting Block C and D along with outdoor seating areas identified. This may include connecting the two areas with each other by providing sheltered walkways between them. This feature is paramount to the success of the design. Fixed outdoor seating areas should seamlessly integrate with such design options.
3) Suggest options of providing flexible / movable electrical outlets sufficient to power 40 laptops / workstations in each block.
4) Glass pod style enclosed meeting areas sufficient for 5 people to be suggested for each block along with a provision for 32-inch monitor.
5) Open areas where small groups of 4-5 people can conduct short presentations / brainstorming sessions. Liberal use of whiteboard paint throughout the blocks to support such spaces.
6) Distributing four 40 / 52 inch screens in each block in portrait on landscape mode to showcase pictures, videos and other data related artefacts. Overhead HD projectors to be included in the design for each room.
7) Glass partitions, some of which may be fixed but others which are moveable, are a preferred design element and are available locally. A sense of “open-ness” is prerequisite to develop the Data Lab’s convening function.
8) The weather in Dar es Salaam is generally hot, but has 4-5 months during the year (roughly May-September) which are more temperate and invite outdoor working and opening of spaces to the outside. There are two rainy seasons, which can be quite wet: October – November, and February – May; otherwise, the climate is humid but with little precipitation. Other than heat, humidity, and occasionally fierce rain, there are few environmental hazards: No major storms, no significant earthquake threat, no landslides, etc.
9) Maximum utilization of space is desired along with ease of reconfiguring the space. This may mean that a room can be quickly reconfigured from a 30-40 contiguous seating to a 4X8 or 4X6 distributed seating.
10) Lab working hours are flexible. This may mean that a certain block or both are open 24 hours. Alternatively, one block may be open 24 hours while the other has fixed working hours. Design considerations should indicate space(s) optimal for such scenarios.
The space in Block C and D will cater to the following functions and teams:
1) Data science
4) Co-working areas
To support the above functions, the following spaces, at a minimum, are required:
1) Training & Meeting Spaces
Using re-configurable internal furnishings and dividers (full-height partitions), the Data Lab will be able to provide at least four (4) small meeting spaces, but also should be able to make available a space for larger community meetings. Uses of the space will include:
Training: Up to 30 people may be trained in a single session. The training space(s) should incorporate some of the “data workspaces” (see below), for attendees who do not have a laptop of their own. Varied seating heights (such as normal tables and bar-stool tables, for example) may enhance the setup of the training environment, allowing improved viewing and discussion. The lab will maintain a stock of 15 laptops with 15 inch [desired] screens for training sessions in case the trainees do not have a laptop.
Hosting Data-Related Events: As needed, the Data Lab will host data events, such as: Community workshops on different content areas, data demonstrations, and hackathons.
Small meetings: For use by small groups of 4-6 people on a scheduled or ad-hoc basis. The glass pods mentioned above may suffice for this.
2) Data Workspaces for casual work / self-paced training
The Data Lab will make available desks with Workstations [screen form factor only that does not require a separate CPU] on which individuals can work, or at which training, including both instructor-led and online training, may be completed.
It is expected that ten (10) workstations will initially be required. Some of these may be made available as part of the training space if required by the trainees.
3) Co-Working / Open Office Space
The Data Lab will provide shared desks and tables at which government, NGOs, civil society and the private sector can freely discuss and access resources to better align open data priorities. Some core tenants will be hosted at the Data Lab on a “permanent” basis; and will in effect have fixed desks allocated. Other individuals will commit to co-working at the Data Lab for some amount of time each week, in order to build collaborative capacity.
The Data Lab may provide physical and advisory resources to start-up or small business organizations which make use of open data as a core element of their business plans, as incubation.
For the purposes of developing a design, it should be assumed that 32 co-working desk spaces are required, at a minimum.
4) Specific project areas
Some of the co-working spaces may need to be dedicated on a semi-permanent basis to specific projects. These projects, and other occasional efforts, may require lockable storage of various sizes for papers, project materials, and equipment. One example is the use of small drones for community mapping; the drones as well as supporting equipment and large printed maps will need to be securely stored.
All designs shall be:
1) Solely the result of the design effort of the designer
2) Unique original and not infringe upon any copyright or the rights of any person
Participation in design competition should consist of the following:
1) Registration to competition at www.arcbazar.com website
2) Brief description of concept
3) Landscape Plan
4) Site plan for each block
5) Site Section
6) Plan views
7) Perspective/Axonometric Views:
• exterior free perspective/axonometric views that best describe the design
• interior free perspective/axonometric views that best describe the design
3) Optional: Digital material, such as animations, etc.
4) All submissions should be uploaded on www.arcbazar.com website. Submitted images shall not identify names of individuals, firms or organizations.
All designs will be shared via the lab website. The following evaluation criteria will be used to judge the designs:
2) Consideration of the functional requirements of the Lab
3) Landscaping along with the design features that will unify the two blocks as one contiguous unit
4) Local flavor and art
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