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the global housing crisis!

Global housing crisis

Cities offer access to so much of what people want: jobs, transportation, healthcare, safety, education, variety, mobility.

But cities also have limited spatial and geographical dimensions. And so, the land on which the physical infrastructure of cities is constructed - the space for buildings, parks, streets, utilities - has a price tag.

WHO? has the right to this valuable space, and HOW? its value should be regulated, are core questions to the complicated topic of affordable housing. It is a subject central to the studies and pursuits of urbanists, architects, engineers, and designers, as well as sociologists, economists, and politicians.

As history has shown, affordable housing relies only in part on design. Its success or failure is dependent on a number of complex factors including trends in the housing market, local and regional incomes, transportation, zoning, and land use policies. The construction or re-purposing of existing infrastructure for affordable housing requires the support of politicians, city planners, and residents.

Open architecture competitions for
global housing crisis

ideas COMPETITION
Vancouver Affordable Housing Challenge
Affordable Housing Series #13

Design a concept for affordable housing in Vancouver

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

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Dec 16
Feb 08
May 03
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Affordable Housing Book
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What is Affordable
Housing?

The most up-to-date collection of interviews, essays and design case studies.

A must read for industry leading
architects and design teams!

ARCHHIVE BOOKS’ “What is Affordable Housing?” considers that we are now living in an era when we must reconsider and change the definition of “living” in a dwelling, for this, the crucial thing is that, for every type of housing we design, it has to be affordable.

Kengo Kuma, Architect
Kengo Kuma

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ideas COMPETITION
MICROHOME - Small living, huge impact!
Edition #4

Design a new concept of small-scale architecture

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN MAGAZINE
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

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Dec 06
Jan 25
Apr 19
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project COMPETITION
Iceland Volcano Coffee Shop

Design a coffee shop at the base of an Icelandic volcano

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

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Dec 07
Jan 26
Apr 20
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project COMPETITION
Caramel Shore Traveller Rooms

Design eco-friendly cabins in Europe's greenest country

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

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Dec 07
Jan 26
Apr 20
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project COMPETITION
Milan Navigli Canal Challenge

Reimagine Milan's famous Navigli canal

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

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Dec 08
Jan 27
Apr 21
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project COMPETITION
Iceland Lake Myvatn Community House

Design a community house in Iceland that exemplifies a circular economy

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

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Dec 08
Jan 27
Apr 21
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ideas COMPETITION
Modular Home
Edition #2

Design a modular dream home

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

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Dec 09
Jan 28
Apr 22
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ideas COMPETITION
The Last Nuclear Bomb Memorial
Edition #2

Design a memorial that speaks to the cause of ending all nuclear weapons programs

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

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Dec 10
Feb 01
Apr 26
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ideas COMPETITION
Timber Pavilion
Edition #1

Celebrate timber as a building material

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Dec 13
Feb 02
Apr 27
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ideas COMPETITION
Virtual Home
Edition #1

Design virtual home as architecture moves into the metaverse

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Dec 14
Feb 03
Apr 28
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ideas COMPETITION
SKYHIVE Skyscraper Challenge
Edition #5

Fifth annual competition to redefine the modern-day skyscraper

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Dec 15
Feb 04
Apr 29
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ideas COMPETITION
The Marker Design Challenge
A dedicated recognition of women in architecture!

Help raise the profile of influential women in architecture

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

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Dec 17
Feb 04
Mar 30
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ideas COMPETITION
Museum of Emotions
Edition #1

Use architecture to create different emotional states

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

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Dec 16
Feb 08
May 03
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ideas COMPETITION
Vancouver Affordable Housing Challenge
Affordable Housing Series #13

Design a concept for affordable housing in Vancouver

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Dec 16
Feb 08
May 03
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essay COMPETITION
What is Sustainable Architecture?
Edition #2

Share your opinion on sustainable architecture in the annual open essay competition

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

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Dec 17
Feb 09
May 04
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