Foreword

As the average price for housing within central Paris crosses the threshold of €10,000/m², long-time residents and newcomers alike find themselves wondering how anyone can afford to own or rent within the City of Lights.

Paris is no stranger to housing shortages. The 20 arrondissements defined by the vehicular Périphérique ring road has protected itself with building codes that limit construction heights and density - a great success for maintaining urban and architectural identity, but also a constraint on the population's long-term housing demands. To counter this, large residential developments have been constructed in the surrounding banlieues. Many new projects are currently under construction, and several others are planned in the future to meet growing demand and in preparation for, among other things, the 2024 Paris Olympics. Paris also can lay claim to benefitting from a strong network of local and regional train systems that provide easy access to the city from towns located along its RER and TER lines. But the skyrocketing square meter prices for housing within Paris' large urban center are evidence enough that more must be done to maintain a balanced population of residents from all income levels.

This competition has been run in partnership with ARCHHIVE BOOKS as part of Bee Breeders' Global Housing Availability Challenge series. The series seeks unique ideas for cities around the world facing housing shortages, and the corresponding exacerbation of social and economic imbalances. The Paris Affordable Housing Challenge is tasking participants with designing a sustainable solution to Paris’ affordable housing problem. It was a conceptual call for ideas. Implementable, novel, and thought-provoking solutions were sought. No specific location was defined, as the competition sought ideas versatile enough to be adapted to multiple locations in or around Paris. Participants were asked to consider designs flexible enough to accommodate families, couples, single professionals, and mixed residence types.

Designs that responded to Paris uniquely were judged positively, in particular those that showed an advanced level of urban, social, or political analysis. What aspects of Paris' urban composition might be utilized to accommodate additional housing? The response was varied, with proposals tackling ideas for new housing types, others re-thinking the utilization of the existing housing stock, and many focused on identifying underutilized spaces within Paris for new construction.

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Affordable Housing Series 17th Edition ideas COMPETITION

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Monumental Housing

What I find most beneficial about architecture vision competitions is the interchange of ideas. Not only do you get to exercise your way of thinking, you also get an insight into how other people approached the same problem.

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2nd Prize Winner

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Urban Infill - 1037 New Housing Sites in Paris

I believe participating in architecture vision competitions should be an integral part of architecture, it's an exercise in the most important topics that we face or will face as a society and thus should be the ones that get the most attention and work.

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3rd Prize Winner

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9.000 New Social Houses for Paris

We believe that competitions are an opportunity to deal with architectural issues with which not all architects have the opportunity to face in their professional lives. It is an occasion to express our opinion and propose the best of our ideas, without limits to our creativity.

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Authors Chiara Quintanal Rivacoba, Bianca Ludovica Palmieri
Country Italy
+74 points Buildner University Rankings

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La Ceinture Vivante - The Living Belt

We encourage you to enter and also to challenge yourself, develop new skills and teamwork.

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Authors Matt Sterne, Oscar Clarke, Ingrid Schwalm McEwan, Kate Schoonees
Country New Zealand

Honorable Mentions

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Full steam ahead

Authors Sebastien Labbe, Nicolas Delucinge
Country Canada
Project name

GREEN HOUSE

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Roofers

Authors Jaewon Lee, Suk Lee, Woowon Chung
Country United States
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Paving the Palimpsest

Author Mujung Ryan Chiu
Country United States
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Parisian Landcapes

Author Noam Hazan
Country Canada
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THE VILLAGE

Authors Aubéry De Bretteville, Sophie Ponthieu
Country France

Shortlisted projects

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Living In The Cloud

Haozhou Zeng

Southern california institute of architecture

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
United States

Monumental Housing

Neno Videnovic

Southern california institute of architecture

+172 points Buildner University Rankings!
United States

[PARIS(site)]

Navid Simanian

Southern california institute of architecture

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
United States

Le Long du Canal

Pei-Shin (phoebe) Ou-Yang

Southern california institute of architecture

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
United States

AQUEDUC HABITATION

Blake Minster

Southern california institute of architecture

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
United States

Urban Infill - 1037 New Housing Sites in Paris

Lourenço Vaz Pinto

Southern california institute of architecture

+92 points Buildner University Rankings!
Portugal

The New French Formal: Carrying on the Legacy of Paris' Gardenscapes

Dutra Brown

Southern california institute of architecture

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
United States

Seine je t'aime

Paula Imperatore

Luke Olsen

Argentina

THE BIG FLAT THEORY

Evgenii Koriukin

Dmitry Astrakhancev

Anastasia Korotaeva

Anastasia Kizima

Escher

Russian Federation

DRAWER CABINET

Fabio Kahn

Rafael Kern

Michel Schoor

Israel

Seine Living

Zhengda Hou

Kuan-yi Ho

Dichen Ding

Hsin-han Lee

United States

Paving the Palimpsest

Mujung Ryan Chiu

United States

Roofers

Jaewon Lee

Suk Lee

Woowon Chung

United States

(RE)HOUSEMANN

Antonio Sollo

Federica Gallucci

Italy

'Les Clip-Maison pour Paris'

Milos Nikolic

Kaushambi Mate

Alejandro Cruz nacher

Germany

Logis-tic

Mario Galterisi

Gennaro Finale

Vittoria Di giulio

Universita' degli studi di napoli federico ii

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
Italy

Christina Kavoura

Ellie Athanasiadou

United Kingdom

B.Y.O.B. _ Bring Your Own Building

Adonis Algianakoglou

Alexandros Achniotis

United Kingdom

CubeHouse

Joanna Kowalska

Wroclaw university of science and technology

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
Poland

GREEN HOUSE

Yoan La Selva

Adrien La Selva

Damien Fraulob

Sisley Carnus

Squad

France

Paris +1

Jiri Kugl

Stepan Kotous

Natalie Novakova

Czech Republic

Nomad's Den

Sharad Maithel

Puneet Dua

Rameez raza Gesawat

M a architects

India

9.000 New Social Houses for Paris

Chiara Quintanal Rivacoba

Bianca Ludovica Palmieri

Italy

Full steam ahead

Sebastien Labbe

Nicolas Delucinge

Canada

John 3:17

Sumiya Ochirbat

Mongolia

La Maison de L'Arche

Philippe Le quellec

Stephanie Janeiro

University of british columbia

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
Canada

Never Not Produce Space

Lars Raattamaa

Anna Teglund

Mia Åberg

Equator stockholm ab

Sweden

E-Co Blocks - Equitable Community City Making

Peter Willett

Cindy Lin

Sarah Gan-brown

Jess yue Wang

Pwa

Australia

Affordability & Comfort

Alexander Zaytsev

Nikita Zaytsev

Yulia Olofinskaya

Russian Federation

HabitLib' - Biosourced Linen Housing

Nicola Casini

Stefano Antena

France

PARIS AFFORDABLE HOUSING CHALLENGE - THE SEINE WALLS

Gaby Khoriaty

Lebanon

DRIVEN

Nicolas Warrant

Giulia Devis

Université catholique de louvain

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
Belgium

Qu'ils Mangent [Les Riches]

Adam Johnson

Taro Matsuno

United States

THE PAVILLION

Cheng hou Ho

Macao

La Ceinture Vivante - The Living Belt

Matt Sterne

Oscar Clarke

Ingrid Schwalm McEwan

Kate Schoonees

New Zealand

Anastas Meshkov

Zornitsa Puleva

Seydahmed Myumyun

Boyan Dimitrov

University of architecture, civil engineering and geodesy (uaceg)

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
Bulgaria

Parisian Landcapes

Noam Hazan

Canada

COVER-FACADE

Hoyeon Hwang

École nationale supérieure d'architecture de paris-malaquais

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
South Korea

Unité d'habitation 2.0 | What is self-tailored housing?

Răzvan Vingan

Laura elena Cana

Belgium

Paris Affordable Housing Challenge

Suneela Ahmed

Ahmed Khan

Pakistan

ADAPTIVE SYSTEMS: [HOUSING]

Michael O'reilly

Jingsi Sun

Yingying Zhou

Manchester school of architecture

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
United Kingdom

THE MESH

Joanna Loubly

Olivier Loubly

Claire Richeda

Nuria Gambin Esteban

France

Do you know your neighbour?

Attila Máthé

Vienna university of technology

+22 points Buildner University Rankings!
Slovakia

Bio-threshold Affordable Housing

Yixin Ren

Na Wang

China

Socius

Youngil Kim

South Korea

INCREMENTAL LIVING

Andrea Sichi

Sara Orlando

Beatrice Paludi

Italy

Re thinking of urban block

Alireza Kamali

Hamed Forouzandeh shahraki

Italy

AFFORDABLE MODULAR HOUSING WITH GOLDEN RATIOS

Shema John

Murugan A

India

The Genius, the Tunnel and the Carpenter

Ana Claudia Correa Diaz

Bruno Marot

Julien Gervais

Pierre Georgin

France

THE VILLAGE

Aubéry De Bretteville

Sophie Ponthieu

France

A City of Life in the Garden of Death

Yasmin Al-jafari

Jonathan Delcambre

Lexie Armand

Thomas Nguyen

Bkv group

United States

Les arches de l`humanite

Abdulrhman Ajinah

Ola Almulla essa

Nujood Alobied

Tarik Ajinah

Kaf design & development

Turkey