GLOBAL HOUSING CRISIS

Cities offer access to so much of what people want: jobs, transportation, healthcare, safety, education, variety, mobility.

But cities also have limited spatial and geographical dimensions. And so, the land on which the physical infrastructure of cities is constructed - the space for buildings, parks, streets, utilities - has a price tag.

WHO? has the right to this valuable space, and HOW? its value should be regulated, are core questions to the complicated topic of affordable housing. It is a subject central to the studies and pursuits of urbanists, architects, engineers, and designers, as well as sociologists, economists, and politicians.

As history has shown, affordable housing relies only in part on design. Its success or failure is dependent on a number of complex factors including trends in the housing market, local and regional incomes, transportation, zoning, and land use policies. The construction or re-purposing of existing infrastructure for affordable housing requires the support of politicians, city planners, and residents.

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Affordable Housing Book

What is
Affordable Housing?

The most up-to-date collection of interviews,
essays and design case studies.

A must read for industry leading
architects and design teams!

”ARCHHIVE BOOKS’ “What is Affordable Housing?” considers that we are now living in an era when we must reconsider and change the definition of “living” in a dwelling, for this, the crucial thing is that, for every type of housing we design, it has to be affordable."

Kengo Kuma
Kengo Kuma,
Architect

Open architecture competitions that are searching solutions for global housing crisis

San Francisco Affordable Housing Challenge

San Francisco Affordable Housing Challenge

Design solutions for San Francisco affordable housing problem

Registration deadline: 21 April, 2020
Results annoucement: 23 June, 2020
Total prize fund: US $6,000
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

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Design an exhibition hall in the Northern Lights capital of Iceland

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What is Small-Scale Architecture?

Submit your essay on small-scale architecture and its impact on the industry

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Poems of a Modern Day Architect

Express your passion for architecture and what it means to be an architect in the poetry competition

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Design a bird home to fund wildlife charities

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Redefine the modern-day skyscraper

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Design solutions for San Francisco affordable housing problem

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Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

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