International Architecture Ideas Competition

Toronto Affordable Housing Challenge

Affordable Housing Series #11

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Foreword

Competition organisers

Toronto Affordable Housing Challenge

Official Partners

Toronto Affordable Housing Challenge

The Toronto Affordable Housing Challenge is part of Bee Breeders’ Affordable Housing competition series. Run in partnership with ARCHHIVE BOOKS, this competition tasked participants with submitting innovative design proposals for tackling Toronto’s housing crisis. Toronto is among the ten most expensive major housing markets in the world – with housing prices still on the rise, even more inhabitants are being pushed out of this market. Intelligent, workable solutions need to be implemented. Bee Breeders asks the question: what role can designers play in proposing these solutions?

This design series poses that there is no one right answer to making housing affordable. Today, a host of new ideas and platforms are enabling people to own or purchase homes. These creative methods include everything from community co-living facilities to 3D-printed homes, stackable modular homes, and new forms of transit-oriented development.

There were no specific design or site requirements for this competition. Proposals were requested to be flexible, enabling accommodations for a variety of inhabitant types: single professionals, couples, families, or group living. The brief sought out designs for a pilot-phase concept for affordable housing, which could be carried out within Toronto to increase its housing stock.

The jury reviewed proposals that intelligently adapted existing infrastructure, considered community cohesion, and offered a range of sustainable and innovative design solutions. While this competition was conceptual in nature, weight was given to flexible schemes that could be feasibly adapted to various sites and residential unit types.

Bee Breeders collaborated with a regional and international interdisciplinary jury panel. The full panel included: Nicky Bruun-Meyer, a Toronto-based architect and cofounder of The Site Magazine; Persis Lam, an associate at Diamond Schmitt Architects, based in Toronto; Maya Mahgoub-Desai, Chair of Environmental Design at OCAD University and a practicing urban designer and planner with Moriyama Teshima Architects; Mauricio Quirós Pacheco, Assistant Professor at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture at the University of Toronto; Fotini Pitoglou, lead architect on hospitality projects at Toronto-based FORREC and executive member of BEAT – Building Equality in Architecture Toronto; Mark Sterling, principal of Acronym Urban Design and Planning and former director of the Master of Urban Design program at the University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture; Andreas Tjeldflaat, founder of Framlab, a New York and Bergen-based design studio; Jeremy Withers, a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto, whose research focused on housing policy; and Dan Wu, a product manager at Immuta, whose mission is legal and ethical data operations.

Selected winning designs will be featured in the ARCHHIVE BOOKS’ next issue of its publication series What is Affordable Housing? Bee Breeders and its jury panel thank all individuals and teams that submitted proposals.

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Milan Affordable Housing Challenge
Affordable Housing Series #15

Design a concept for affordable housing in Milan

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Toronto Affordable Housing Challenge

Affordable Housing Series #11
1st Prize Winner

Project name

Cooperative Corners

Authors

Tristan van Leur
Samantha Eby

Canada

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

We seek out very specific opportunities that allow us to test our latest thoughts and push our theoretical propositions forward. This competition was in line with our current research and spoke to topics that we feel are important for architects to explore. As this one was right in our backyard, we used it to test some new ideas we've been developing.

Jury commentary

Cooperative Corners is a proposal for collective self-funded housing inserted into existing corner lots of Toronto’s neighborhoods, aiming to offer affordable and livable domestic spaces free from speculation or developer profits. According to the jury, ”This project cleverly identifies a unique opportunity to capitalize on an underutilized feature of the Toronto residential landscape – the corner lot – and proposes a new typology that creates gentle density, design flexibility, and the possibility of implementation in various types of residential settings. The project demonstrates several interior advantages, including natural light, multiple entry points (due to ample frontage), and the opportunity to integrate local commerce that can strategically address associated issues of equity and affordability. The proposal also has the potential to create a distinctive sense of place for each neighborhood where corner developments can serve as focal points through unique design strategies. A key challenge with this project will likely be garnering the support of local government authorities and the implementation of a suitable expropriation strategy.” The project puts power back into the hands of the community, while creating interesting and appropriately-scaled building interventions that seem to integrate well into the fabric of the neighborhoods.

 

2nd Prize Winner

Project name

Laneway Housing

Authors

Giovanni Fruttaldo
Kimberly Carlisle
Noah Lemus

United States

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

Competitions are invaluable opportunities to research and test ideas that may not be possible to investigate within the confines of a project brief developed in an office or educational environment. Entering a competition deepens the knowledge of place, typology, and tectonic of architecture. Designers are asked to communicate an idea visually in a concise and compelling fashion. Through failures and successes, competitions are skill builders and thought-provoking bombs for those who participate.

Jury commentary

Laneway Housing proposes a system of components to address the needs of a multigenerational community. It grafts new building blocks into the existing underutilized laneways of Toronto’s neighborhoods, thoughtfully capitalizing on in-between spaces within the urban landscape. The jury writes, “Although laneway housing is currently a popular area of exploration, this project proposes both a bold design and an implementable planning solution. This project does not depend on the adjacent homeowner as the developer and successfully explores the possibilities of laneway housing as a viable affordable housing option that is easily reproducible; offers a broad unit mix; proposes a simple and affordable structural and mechanical system; and offers a densifying and elegant design, while respecting the scale of existing residential settings. Key challenges with this project would be the careful control of natural light entering the units and common spaces; consideration and development of the public realm and ground plane; and refining the heights and design of the developments to respect and respond to the neighborhoods if broadly implemented across the city.” The jury also commented that the inclusion of parking, while interesting, may ultimately yield a difficult proposition from an affordability point of view.  

 

3rd Prize Winner

Project name

laneWAY OF LIVING: Green villages in the heart of Toronto’s urban fabric

Authors

Ana luisa Rolim
Isabella Trindade
Beatriz Bueno
Larissa Falavigna

Brazil

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

Besides having a deep respect for the tradition of competitions in the field of architecture, we believe this kind of experience provides a perfect venue for showcasing ideas that can be heard by a large audience, having the potential to impact the architectural culture as a whole. We also firmly believe that each competition we have participated in represents a step towards a learning curve, affecting our practice and teaching deeply.

Jury commentary

LaneWAY of Living proposes a form of incremental housing for a greener, denser Toronto. It studies possible efficiencies that come about by treating the laneway house as part of a multi-unit cluster, innovatively considering the laneway as a partly -covered open public space. The design suggests a mix of modular homes with sloped accessible roofs to make use of PV panels and support gardens. The jury states, “This proposal imagines a healthy densification by giving our city blocks another face. The possibility of vertical and lateral expansion for family needs is a compelling argument to rethink housing as a fluid asset. Further development of the design could examine community needs, such as integrated green space and safety.”

 

BB GREEN AWARD+
BB STUDENT AWARD

Project name

Reading Between The Lines

Authors

Bjarne Van der Drift
Gerjan Agterhuis
Casper Bovy

University

Technische universiteit delft
+126 points!

Netherlands

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

Entering an architecture competition is the ultimate way to get your unique design approach and concepts challenged by a broad range of professionals from the field of spatial design. It is vital to always reflect on your work, and for us there is no better way than to have a skilled jury review your ideas. Moreover, a competition trains you to communicate your architectural ideas as efficiently as possible, since there is a limited availability of space and time to make your plan come to life. Developing this essential skill is something that you can only do by practicing it again and again.

Honorable mentions

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Project Name

GROW-LINE

Country

Canada

Project authors

Margot De man
Sarah Ives
Mark Grimsrud
Ron Noble

Project Name

Affordable Housing: from poverty to prosperity in Toronto

Country

Mexico

Project authors

Ana Cecilia Jiménez Salinas

Project Name

(Not) Another Toronto Tower

Country

Canada

Project authors

Jerry Hacker

Project Name

Park(ing) for Housing

Country

Netherlands

Project authors

Yunshih Canazzi-chen
Antoine Canazzi-chen

Project Name

Liminal Lanes

Country

Canada

Project authors

Kaili Sun
Carmen Kam

Project Name

HOMESCHOOL TORONTO

Country

United States

Project authors

Domenico Francesco Lio

Shortlisted projects

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Canada

GSAPP, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture

+22 points!
maksym humenyuk
dan van derhorst
novak djogo

Canada

Done by data

yvan mackinnon

Canada

bachir benkirane
megi davitidze
fadri horber

Canada

ning lin
ying zheng

United States

kim choy

Canada

John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design

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reem abdelaal
rui zhang

United States

giovanni fruttaldo
kimberly carlisle
noah lemus

Canada

University of Toronto

+22 points!
sahar pasha
farhang alipour
pearl cao

Canada

ying yu
ying xu

Germany

Universität Stuttgart

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wolfgang sebastian kiehne
cayetano garcia cachay
christian bechara

Australia

Queensland University of Technology, QUT Gardens Point Campus

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aye myat thu
olivia dewi
chi nguyen

Mexico

ana cecilia jiménez salinas

Canada

margot de man
sarah ives
mark grimsrud
ron noble

Hungary

flóra horóczi
balázs fürtön

Netherlands

yunshih canazzi-chen
antoine canazzi-chen

Canada

Dblio

wael el gendy

Italy

Politecnico di Milano / Polytechnic University of Milan

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shane karkheck

Canada

tristan van leur
samantha eby

Spain

IAAC - Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia

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victoria fedorova
christos trompoukis
ziying zeng

Canada

neerie yu
marcus poon
austin yao

Slovenia

erik vodenik

United States

domenico francesco lio

United Arab Emirates

somdatta majumdar

United Kingdom

ashley waitt
bryan espinoza ortiz

Russian Federation

Moscow Institute of architecture - MARHI , Московский архитектурный институт - МАРХИ

+22 points!
daria gridina

South Korea

Sejong University, 세종대학교

+22 points!
oh juhyeon
yang geon

Canada

jonathan espana
david kim
kyle noronha
the vu nguyen

Netherlands

Delft University of Technology, TU Delft , Technical University Delft

+126 points!
bjarne van der drift
gerjan agterhuis
casper bovy

Canada

University of Toronto

+22 points!
esteban torres
george wang
paul berkun-drevnig

Canada

yizhi zhang

United Kingdom

fengyi wang

Canada

kaili sun
carmen kam

Canada

jerry hacker

Canada

University of Toronto

+22 points!
yixin yang
linru wang

Canada

University of Toronto

+22 points!
daniel lam
michelle choi

Belgium

amir adibmanesh

United Kingdom

abigail benouaich

Canada

leeann pallett

Vietnam

Polytechnic of Turin, Politecnico di Torino

+22 points!
duc huy pham
dianna marie aquino
 

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