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Buildner is thrilled to announce the winners of the Los Angeles Affordable Housing Challenge, our 16th competition in the affordable housing series. Held in partnership with ARCHHIVE BOOKS, the competition attracted architects and designers worldwide, tasked with crafting innovative solutions to address Los Angeles' housing crisis.

The competition sought flexible and inventive concepts for affordable housing within Greater Los Angeles. With soaring rents and limited affordable options, participants were challenged to propose adaptable solutions for diverse households. 

Jihoon Kim and Brenna Elise Fransen from the United States claimed 1st prize with their concept, "The Builder's Remedy," which bypasses zoning laws to enable affordable housing projects. Harshwardhan Jitendra Kotwal from Australia's University of Adelaide received the 2nd prize for "Housing Textures," reimagining existing structures for new housing. Zuzanna Bucko and Alona Usychenko from Poland's Warsaw University of Technology secured 3rd prize with their project focusing on underutilized spaces along the LA River. Madalyn Grace Asker from the United States received the Sustainability Award for a proposal connecting affordable housing with rideshare services and public transit lines, promoting sustainable urban development.

Buildner congratulates all winners for their outstanding contributions to addressing Los Angeles' housing challenges. For more information, visit 

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1st Prize

2nd and Student Award

3rd Prize

Buildner Sustainability Award