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As climate change intensifies, housing stability will be increasingly under threat. Unaffordable and insecure housing leaves families less able to cope with unexpected expenses such as extensive repairs or rebuilding from flooding or wildfires. Both the frequency and reoccurrence of climate-related disasters have exacerbated affordable housing crises in areas prone to disasters. Without significant intervention, areas prone to climate-related disasters will continue to face housing instability.

Entrants are encouraged to select sites that are typical “types” to ensure solutions can be broadly applied to a particular context to address the challenge of affordable housing and climate change.

The intent of this competition is to solicit design ideas for affordable, carbon positive housing. Designers should consider replicability of their approach in multiple neighbourhoods, cities, and/or countries. Program size could range from a micro-home to a tall building depending on the select context or solution. There are no restrictions in regard to program or size. Participants are encouraged to look beyond conventional solutions and consider resiliency in strategies as well.

Submission Requirements

  • Two boards with the project information including plans, sections, and perspectives. Participants are encouraged to submit all the information they consider necessary to explain their proposal. These boards should be 24″(h) X 48″(w) in horizontal format. The resolution of the boards must be 150 dpi, RGB mode, and saved as JPG files. The lower left corner of each board must contain the registrant’s ID number. There should not be any marks or any other form of identification. The files must be named after the registration number followed by the board number. (e.g.  0101-1.jpg and 0101-2.jpg). 
  • A DOC file containing the project statement (600 words max). This file must be named after the registration number followed by the word “statement” (e.g. 0101-statement.doc). 
  • A DOC file containing the entrants’ personal information, including name, profession, address, and email. This file must be named after the registration number followed by the word “info” (e.g. 0101-info.doc). 
  • All the files must be placed in a ZIP folder named after the entrant’s registration number and uploaded via the competition submittal link (e.g. 0101.zip).
    If the entrant’s files are larger than 20MB, the entrant can submit the entry using a file sharing service like Box, Dropbox, or Google Drive by pasting the download link into the “download link” submission box. 
  • Entries must use the cove.tool drawing.tool to import or generate geometry. Geometry can be exported to .obj format for doing final renderings in another tool. There is no restriction on graphical style.  
  • Identification: Registrant’s ID Number in lower left corner of each sheet. No other identifying marks should be visible.

Eligibility

Competition is open to all. No professional qualification is required. Multiple submissions are allowed (up to 5 per email address) but must be registered separately. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (4 team members maximum). Correspondence with organizers must be conducted in English; All information submitted by participants must be in English. 

  • Age Restriction: All Entrants shall be of the age of majority in their legal jurisdiction of residency at the time of entry submission. 
  • International Entries: Entries may be submitted from anywhere in the world. Each entry must be submitted with the entrant’s legal name. 

Award $50,000 USD

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