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The competition will look into designing affordable, single occupancy housing for the increasing numbers of young and elderly people affected by poverty.

Category Competition Result / Open to Students / Project Competition
Type International, Project, Open, Single-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Housing
Country UK
Registration Deadline 30 June 2012 GoogleCal iCal
Submission Deadline 31 July 2012 (via Online) GoogleCal
Eligibility Designers, House builders, Architects, Engineers, Architecture graduates or Architecture students

Our open design competition seeks to find well designed homes for the elderly or homeless within some of the World’s richest countries. The growing rate in single occupancy households has led to increased numbers of young and elderly people affected by poverty being forced to live in substandard living conditions and in the worst cases sleeping rough. We are asking designers, engineers, architects and house builders to provide a solution to the housing crisis by offering sustainable, affordable small homes that give those that are alienated or marginalised within society a safe place to live. We ask contestants to site their proposals in an urban area of a developed country, develop single occupant designs that are sensitive to the local context and keep to a budget of £20,000 ($30,000). Building Trust international will work with local government and community groups to seek funding and planning for the winning design. The design competition has the support of Habitat for Humanity and the YMCA.

The Jury for this International competition will be comprised of respected professionals, interested parties & supporters.

Professional Category:
- 1st prize: We will pursue funding and planning for the winning design.
- 9 honourable mentions
Student Category:
- 1st prize: $500
- 4 honourable mentions

Entry Fee
Professional: £95
Student: No fee

A maximum of four pages in A3 format

Jury evaluation: 1st- 30th August 2012
Announcement of Winners to be posted on www.buildingtrustinternational.org: 15th September 2012

Past winners

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