International Architecture Competition

Paris Affordable
Housing
Challenge

Results

Foreword

Competition organisers

Paris Affordable 
Housing 
Challenge

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Paris Affordable 
Housing 
Challenge Paris Affordable 
Housing 
Challenge

As the average price for housing within central Paris crosses the threshold of €10,000/m², long-time residents and newcomers alike find themselves wondering how anyone can afford to own or rent within the City of Lights.

Paris is no stranger to housing shortages. The 20 arrondissements defined by the vehicular Périphérique ring road has protected itself with building codes that limit construction heights and density - a great success for maintaining urban and architectural identity, but also a constraint on the population's long-term housing demands. To counter this, large residential developments have been constructed in the surrounding banlieues. Many new projects are currently under construction, and several others are planned in the future to meet growing demand and in preparation for, among other things, the 2024 Paris Olympics. Paris also can lay claim to benefitting from a strong network of local and regional train systems that provide easy access to the city from towns located along its RER and TER lines. But the skyrocketing square meter prices for housing within Paris' large urban center are evidence enough that more must be done to maintain a balanced population of residents from all income levels.

This competition has been run in partnership with ARCHHIVE BOOKS as part of Bee Breeders' Global Housing Availability Challenge series. The series seeks unique ideas for cities around the world facing housing shortages, and the corresponding exacerbation of social and economic imbalances. The Paris Affordable Housing Challenge is tasking participants with designing a sustainable solution to Paris’ affordable housing problem. It was a conceptual call for ideas. Implementable, novel, and thought-provoking solutions were sought. No specific location was defined, as the competition sought ideas versatile enough to be adapted to multiple locations in or around Paris. Participants were asked to consider designs flexible enough to accommodate families, couples, single professionals, and mixed residence types.

Designs that responded to Paris uniquely were judged positively, in particular those that showed an advanced level of urban, social, or political analysis. What aspects of Paris' urban composition might be utilized to accommodate additional housing? The response was varied, with proposals tackling ideas for new housing types, others re-thinking the utilization of the existing housing stock, and many focused on identifying underutilized spaces within Paris for new construction.

1ST PRIZE WINNER+
BB STUDENT AWARD

Project Name

Monumental Housing

University

Southern california institute of architecture

Country

United States

Project authors

Neno Videnovic

jury commentary

'Monumental Housing' focuses on the fundamental structure of Hausmann-designed Paris: landmark 'places' meant to serve as the key organizational elements of the city. Here, 12 housing blocks are designed to be dispersed throughout the city as a new form of cultural monument. Each block is to house a collection of new apartments. These are clad in a perforated metal panel that replaces the human scale of the apartment with a unitless pattern that tends toward the sculptural. The blocks are limited in their connections to the ground, to allow space for open public parks below. The project is reminiscent of Bernard Tschumi's famed competition-winning entry for Paris' Park de La Villette in the mid 1980's, in its application of a standardized sculptural element across the space of the city - a means for visual orientation and placemaking. The proposal is quirky without being gimmicky, and the judges applaud its boldness.

2ND PRIZE WINNER

Project Name

Urban Infill - 1037 New Housing Sites in Paris

University

Southern california institute of architecture

Country

Portugal

Project authors

Lourenço Vaz Pinto

jury commentary

According to the submission, titled "Urban Infill", it "mines the thousands of open spaces located throughout Paris in the shape of its urban courtyards to use as added affordable housing sites." The project identifies 1037 inter-block sites for the construction of nearly 2 million m² for residences. This corresponds to 81500 new micro-units that could house up to 135000 people in Paris. The massing of each site claims to respond to specific building distance, sunlight, and cross ventilation requirements. Both the urban analysis and the resulting building forms are enticing, and the back-yard lot construction is certainly aimed to be provocative. Whether the seductive crystalline forms represented in the drawings could be constructed affordably and profitably is another matter, likely requiring a further level of research. The project represents a well-thought response to the form and density of the typical Parisian block.

3RD PRIZE WINNER

Project Name

9.000 New Social Houses for Paris

University

Politecnico di torino

Country

Italy

Project authors

Chiara Quintanal Rivacoba
Bianca Ludovica Palmieri

jury commentary

This project proposes a modified system of development for 9000 logement sociaux, or social housing sites. According to this system, property rights are to be partially transferred by a property owner to a 'social owner', or property management entity. As a method of oversight, the process requires city hall to meet with both the legal owner and the social owner prior to the architect's submission of design documents to the council for approval. Projects are to contain socially-oriented community spaces as well as a for-profit commercial space, as a means to long-term profits that would incentivize social management or investment. The jury was supportive of this project, which analyzes and re-thinks city-specific economic and political drivers of projects. The entry intelligently adapts the popular graphic style of Paris city maps. The result is playful, positive, and convincing.

BB GREEN AWARD

Project Name

La Ceinture Vivante - The Living Belt

Country

New Zealand

Project authors

Matt Sterne
Oscar Clarke
Ingrid Schwalm McEwan
Kate Schoonees

Honorable mentions

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Project Name

Full steam ahead

Country

Canada

Project authors

Sebastien Labbe
Nicolas Delucinge

Project Name

GREEN HOUSE

Company

Squad

Country

France

Project authors

Yoan La Selva
Adrien La Selva
Damien Fraulob
Sisley Carnus

Project Name

Roofers

Country

United States

Project authors

Jaewon Lee
Suk Lee
Woowon Chung

Project Name

Paving the Palimpsest

Country

United States

Project authors

Mujung Ryan Chiu

Project Name

Parisian Landcapes

Country

Canada

Project authors

Noam Hazan

Project Name

THE VILLAGE

Country

France

Project authors

Aubéry De Bretteville
Sophie Ponthieu

Shortlisted projects

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United States

Southern california institute of architecture

haozhou zeng

United States

Southern california institute of architecture

neno videnovic

United States

Southern california institute of architecture

navid simanian

United States

Southern california institute of architecture

pei-shin (phoebe) ou-yang

United States

Southern california institute of architecture

blake minster

Portugal

Southern california institute of architecture

lourenço vaz pinto

United States

Southern california institute of architecture

dutra brown

Russian Federation

Escher

evgenii koriukin
dmitry astrakhancev
anastasia korotaeva
anastasia kizima

Israel

fabio kahn
rafael kern
michel schoor

United States

zhengda hou
kuan-yi ho
dichen ding
hsin-han lee

United States

jaewon lee
suk lee
woowon chung

Germany

milos nikolic
kaushambi mate
alejandro cruz nacher

Italy

Universita' degli studi di napoli federico ii

mario galterisi
gennaro finale
vittoria di giulio

United Kingdom

christina kavoura
ellie athanasiadou

United Kingdom

adonis algianakoglou
alexandros achniotis

Poland

Wroclaw university of science and technology

joanna kowalska

France

Squad

yoan la selva
adrien la selva
damien fraulob
sisley carnus

Czech Republic

jiri kugl
stepan kotous
natalie novakova

India

M a architects

sharad maithel
puneet dua
rameez raza gesawat

Italy

Politecnico di torino

chiara quintanal rivacoba
bianca ludovica palmieri

Canada

sebastien labbe
nicolas delucinge

Canada

University of british columbia

philippe le quellec
stephanie janeiro

Sweden

Equator stockholm ab

lars raattamaa
anna teglund
mia Åberg

Australia

Pwa

peter willett
cindy lin
sarah gan-brown
jess yue wang

Russian Federation

alexander zaytsev
nikita zaytsev
yulia olofinskaya

Belgium

Université catholique de louvain

nicolas warrant
giulia devis

United States

University of virginia

adam johnson
taro matsuno

New Zealand

matt sterne
oscar clarke
ingrid schwalm mcewan
kate schoonees

Bulgaria

University of architecture, civil engineering and geodesy (uaceg)

anastas meshkov
zornitsa puleva
seydahmed myumyun
boyan dimitrov

Korea

École nationale supérieure d'architecture de paris-malaquais

hoyeon hwang

Belgium

răzvan vingan
laura elena cana

United Kingdom

Manchester school of architecture

michael o'reilly
jingsi sun
yingying zhou

France

joanna loubly
olivier loubly
claire richeda
nuria gambin esteban

Slovakia

Vienna university of technology

attila máthé

Italy

andrea sichi
sara orlando
beatrice paludi

Italy

Politecnico di milano

alireza kamali
hamed forouzandeh shahraki

France

ana claudia correa diaz
bruno marot
julien gervais
pierre georgin

France

aubéry de bretteville
sophie ponthieu

United States

Bkv group

yasmin al-jafari
jonathan delcambre
lexie armand
thomas nguyen

Turkey

Kaf design & development

abdulrhman ajinah
ola almulla essa
nujood alobied
tarik ajinah
 

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