Houses for Change

The purpose of the competition is to consider housing as an urgent and basic component of improving urban environments for the poor and at risk.

Category Idea Competition
Type International, Scholarship, Students and Age Restriction, Single-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Housing
Country Spain
RegDeadline 10 December 2013 GoogleCal iCal
16 December 2013(via Online) GoogleCal
Eligibility Currently registered students or recent graduates with a maximum of 5 years since the date of their graduation (all the members under 35 years old)

For the first time in history, more than half the world’s people live in cities. Over 90 percent of urban growth is occurring in the developing world, adding an estimated 70 million new residents to urban areas each year.
This is coupled with estimates that about 1/3 of the world’s population are slum dwellers. These settlements may be called different names - slums, villas miseria, favelas, bidonvilles, shantytowns - all have a common denominator of urgency and they are fast becoming the norm in our societies. While urban poverty is a complex situation,the physical environment of housing is one crucial aspect to be dealt with if this problem is to be tackled.
The purpose of the competition is to consider housing as an urgent and basic component of improving urban environments for the poor and at risk. Architecture students and recent graduates of architecture, along with peers from other fields forming multidisciplinary teams, have a unique role to play in suggesting solutions and approaches in response to the housing crisis facing many cities today.
Buildings and projects are place-specific and must take into account not only physical realities, but also cultural, economic, and the social context. Entries are invited for housing that is appropriate and affordable for a specific place (identified by the participating team). The housing must be for an urban area, and therefore address the needs of many. Schemes or units should be designed so the model can be reproduced/duplicated. (Entries for only one unit or a single family house or for a rural environment are NOT appropriate).
The housing proposed should respond to the needs (geographic, economic possibilities, materials, construction processes, cultural context, etc.) of a specific community or place, selected by the competition entrants. Participants are reminded that the proposal is directed at those in the most fragile economic situations - the poor and disenfranchised- and should selected their community accordingly . The design solution and budget must not assume government subsidies or support.

Bijoy Jain, architect, founder of Studio Mumbai Architects, India
Hubert Klumpner, Co-director of Urban - Think Tank and Chair of Architecture and Urban Design,
ETH Zurich
Kimberly Holden, Founding Principal of SHoP Architects, New York.
Samia Yaba Christina Nkrumah, President of the Kwame Nkrumah Pan African Center
Yung Ho Chang, architect, professor at MIT and founder of Atelier FCJZ, Beijing

The winning project will be granted with a scholarship equivalent of 20.000 € applicable towards the tuition fees of a master program at IE.
It is the intention of IE to construct a prototype of the winning entry. If sufficient funding can be secured and a partner school in the region is willing to assist in the organization and management of the project, the prototype will be realized.

Entry Fee

- A PDF in vertical Din-A1 format which clearly reflects the analyses and conclusion
- A PDF in Din-A4 format (21 cm x 29.7 cm), which contains a brief explanatory note (maximum 5 pages, double spaced)

Jury Deliberations: 16 December, 2013 - 28 February, 2014
Jury Decision: 28 February, 2014
Results Announced: 28 February, 2014

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