GLOBAL
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First challenge: New York City

The participants were asked to design a pilot-phase concept for affordable housing within New York City, which could be easily rolled out to increase capacity of housing stock, and is minimal in its use of land and materials.

Designs for the New York Affordable Housing Challenge had to be able be implemented in various locations​ across the city and be adaptable, allowing adjustments to be made in order to suit different residential capacity requirements.

The Results

The selected winners recognized the responsibility of architecture in a systemic issue between the built environment, policy, economics and culture.

The winners were chosen because they challenged conventional architectural solutions and were distinguished from others by rationality, singularity and imagination.

  • Student Award Student Award
  • 2nd PRIZE 2nd PRIZE
  • 1st PRIZE 1st PRIZE
  • 3rd PRIZE 3rd PRIZE
  • Green Award Green Award
  • Student Award Student Award
  • 2nd PRIZE 2nd PRIZE
  • 1st PRIZE 1st PRIZE
  • 3rd PRIZE 3rd PRIZE
  • Green Award Green Award
  • Student Award

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  • 2nd PRIZE

    A simple L-shaped configuration lends itself to the concept of out of view or “out of sight” design, with the visual effect expanding the impression of the interior beyond normal expectations. Adjusting its orientation and layout means the L-shaped units are endlessly adaptable and can create versatile yet affordable constructs anywhere in the city.

    Project in virtual reality About the author Jury Comments full project presentation
  • 1st PRIZE

    Combining density with diversity, the Table Top project tackles New York’s affordable housing crisis with this modular design. Introducing three types of apartment configuration, the resulting apartment blocks have a deliberate misalignment, creating vertical courtyards to give open space for circulation, light, and air.

    Project in virtual reality About the author Jury Comments full project presentation
  • 3rd PRIZE

    Designed to fit into a typical narrow New York City slot site, this project looks to build urbanism inside the building with a collection of various living styles. Occupants are given the​ option​ to ​ install temporary columns to create unique layouts to suit their individual needs.

    Project in virtual reality About the author Jury Comments full project presentation
  • Green Award

    Based on recent research claiming most urban structures could safely support a vertical addition, this project suggests modular wooden extension could provide a sustainable and cost-effective solution to New York’s affordable housing crisis. The system is flexible enough to adapt to many different shapes and could allow for additional housing to be introduced without disturbing existing historical structures of displacing current tenants.

    Project in virtual reality full project presentation
  • Student Award

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    full project presentation
  • 2nd PRIZE

    A simple L-shaped configuration lends itself to the concept of out of view or “out of sight” design, with the visual effect expanding the impression of the interior beyond normal expectations. Adjusting its orientation and layout means the L-shaped units are endlessly adaptable and can create versatile yet affordable constructs anywhere in the city.

    Project in virtual reality About the author Jury Comments full project presentation
  • 1st PRIZE

    Combining density with diversity, the Table Top project tackles New York’s affordable housing crisis with this modular design. Introducing three types of apartment configuration, the resulting apartment blocks have a deliberate misalignment, creating vertical courtyards to give open space for circulation, light, and air.

    Project in virtual reality About the author Jury Comments full project presentation
  • 3rd PRIZE

    Designed to fit into a typical narrow New York City slot site, this project looks to build urbanism inside the building with a collection of various living styles. Occupants are given the​ option​ to ​ install temporary columns to create unique layouts to suit their individual needs.

    Project in virtual reality About the author Jury Comments full project presentation
  • Green Award

    Based on recent research claiming most urban structures could safely support a vertical addition, this project suggests modular wooden extension could provide a sustainable and cost-effective solution to New York’s affordable housing crisis. The system is flexible enough to adapt to many different shapes and could allow for additional housing to be introduced without disturbing existing historical structures of displacing current tenants.

    Project in virtual reality full project presentation
  • Virtual Reality For
    Better Cities

    As part of the Bee Breeders and Vividly collaboration, virtual reality is adopted as a powerful tool for embracing the concept design process​, empowering communication and decision making at any stage of project development.

    Virtual reality today serves as a new medium for developing relevant and globally impactful ideas by allowing to simulate urban setup, engage communities and confirm decisions based on real-scale experiences.

    Learn more Request Vividly beta access for architects

    Inspired?

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    Sydney 
Affordable Housing Challenge

    Sydney Affordable Housing Challenge

    Seek out innovative solutions to the affordable housing crisis in Australia’s biggest city

    Registration deadline: 09 February, 2018
    Results annoucement: 16 March, 2018
    Total prize fund: US $6,000 + EXHIBITION AT SYDNEY BUILD 2018
    Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

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    Kemeri National Park Observation Tower

    Kemeri National Park Observation Tower

    Design an observation tower that is accessible to disabled visitors, allowing them to equally enjoy the stunning views of the national park.

    Registration deadline: 27 April, 2018
    Results annoucement: 15 June, 2018
    Total prize fund: US$ 6,000
    Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

    Go to competition’s page

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