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Winners have been selected for the New York Affordable Housing Challenge, which recognized the responsibility of architecture in a systemic issue between the built environment, policy, economics and culture. The winners were chosen because they challenged conventional architectural solutions and were distinguished from others by rationality, singularity and imagination.

Lap Chi Kwong and Alison Von Glinow from the USA were awarded first prize for their concept of a few simple modular elements in three basic forms - circle, square and rectangle - each made up of a slab and four columns that could be stacked, rotated and combined to create different unit types.

Peter Wong, Christopher Jarrett, Nazinin Modaresahmadi and Robert Stubbs, also from the USA, took second prize for their morphological housing strategy that draws from Le Corbusier’s unit type for the Unite d’Habitation. The third prize winners were Liyang Chen and Yao Zheng from China, whose unique solution proposed a new paradigm of living that was as much social as it was spatial.

The Rising Star Award (Student Award) went to Antonio Gonzalez Viegas from Escuela Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura de Sevilla in Spain, and the New York Build Green award went to Ryan Ball from the USA.

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1st prize

2nd prize

3rd prize