1st prize EUR 5,000:
Homer - Mikki Ristola, Aalto University

2nd prize EUR 3,000:
Our Neighborhood - Joakim Breitenstein, Aalto University

3rd prize EUR 2,000:
Architectural Village - Kentaro Mabe, Tampere University of Technology / Tokyo Metropolitan University


Purchase EUR 500:
In between - Minna Ahtiainen, Aalto University

Purchase EUR 500:
Village People
- Otto Autio, Jukka Kangasniemi, Kaisa Karvinen, Kristian Kere, Riikka Leinonen, Aalto University

City of Lahti purchase EUR 500:
Kujawianka - Aleksandra Zarek, Tampere University of Technology

Lahti Science and Business Park purchase EUR 500:
IIIII - Kuisma Rasilainen, Aalto University


IIIII - Kuisma Rasilainen, Aalto University

Apple Factory - Pasi Mänttäri, Tampere University of Technology

Off the Grid - Hung Pin Chen and Yi Nuo Wang, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, and Yan Aung, Cal Poly Pomona

Urban Plexus - Michael Tuzzo and John Wightman, University at Buffalo School of Architecture


This competition is a concept competition where entrants are invited to submit not only individual design ideas but also overall concepts for housing of the future at the city block level.

Category Idea Competition / Competition Result / Open to Students
Type International, Idea, Students, Single-Stage , Anonymous
Genre Housing
Country Finland
Registration Deadline 7 December 2012 GoogleCal iCal
Submission Deadline 7 December 2012 (Must be Received)
Eligibility All registered students of university-level institutions

The competition brief is to outline what social rented housing might look like in 2049 and to design a residential building or group of buildings, to be financed by ARA, in the Sopenkorpi district in Lahti. The competition is a conceptual ideas competition where solutions are sought at the city block level. Entrants may choose any location within the Sopenkorpi district delimited in the appendices to design a residential building or city block. It is assumed that the street plan of the district will not be altered. Entrants may designate existing buildings for demolition or incorporate them in their design, at their discretion. Floor plans of the buildings may be found in the appended Sopenkorpi building inventory.
What is important in this brief is to identify with the situation on the ground and to create a bold vision for the future. The aim is for entrants to consider the problem field of housing in the fu- ture and to identify themes to explore in more detail in their design. The description text of the entry must demonstrate what the entrant’s vision is of housing in 2049 and its principal themes. The themes to be highlighted and explored may have to do with construction, community, new forms of work, new housing service concepts, etc. There are no limitations to this.

Sampo Vallius, Development architect, ARA chairman
Helena Berg, Head of communications, ARA
Markku Hedman, Professor, Tampere University of Technology
Hannu Huttunen, Professor, Aalto University
Jouni Koiso-Kanttila, Professor, University of Oulu
Markus Lehmuskoski, Town planning architect, City of Lahti
Johanna Palomäki, Master plan architect, City of Lahti
Vesa Ijäs, Head of Development, Lahti Science & Business Park

1st prize: EUR 5,000
2nd prize: EUR 3,000
3rd prize: EUR 2,000

Entry Fee

- No more than five (5) stiff panels no more than A1 in size
- A description text no more than two A4 sheets

Submission Address
Housing Finance and Development Centre of Finland / Registry
Vesijärvenkatu 11 A
FI-15141 Lahti

The competition seminar in Lahti: 3 September 2012
Results publishement on ARA: January 15, 2013

The Housing Finance and Development Centre of Finland (ARA)
The City of Lahti
the Lahti Science and Business Park
The departments of architecture at the Tampere University of Technology, Aalto University and the University of Oulu

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