TREEHOUSING International Wood Design Competition

This competition challenges participants to design a residential and/or mixed-use complex on a site in Durban, South Africa.

Category Idea Competition / Open to Students
Type International, Idea, Open, Single-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Housing
Country Durban, South Africa
Registration Deadline 15 August 2015 GoogleCal iCal
Submission Deadline 31 August 2015 (via Online) GoogleCal
Eligibility All

Description
This competition challenges participants to design a residential and/or mixed-use complex on a site in Durban, South Africa.
The creation of affordable housing is a critical issue in Durban and throughout the world. Entrants are asked to use wood products to design a high-rise solution that addresses the housing needs of the community and integrates with the surrounding urban context.
Submissions can include additional program spaces that are relevant to the location (transit, plaza, retail, etc.). Solutions that are replicable and expandable beyond the particular context of the site are encouraged.
Wood materials offer unique construction solutions to address the issue of global urban housing needs. Entrants will be challenged to propose construction systems that crow on the performance characteristics of a variety of wood as the primary structural system. Any sustainably-harvested wood material or product is possible, even those not yet invented.
An ability to connect the wood construction system and building techniques to the local forest industry within South Africa ins preferred but not mandatory. Ideas that will help enhance South African forest management and forest products are encouraged.

Jury
Not yet announced

Prize
First Prize in each category: $6,000
Second Prize in each category: $3,000
Two additional Student Prizes: $2,000 (team must be composed entirely of student entrants)
Publication of the top 5 entries in each category

Entry Fee
None

Entries
Drawings (Plans, Details, 3-Dimensional representations)
A Brief essay (500 words maximum, in English)

Timetable
Winners announced: 10 September 2015

Organizer
DBR | Design Build Research | School

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