International Architecture Competition

Toronto
Affordable Housing
Challenge

Results

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.

1ST PRIZE WINNER

Project Name

Cooperative Corners

Country

Canada

Project authors

Tristan van Leur
Samantha Eby

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

Country

United States

Project authors

Giovanni Fruttaldo
Kimberly Carlisle
Noah Lemus

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

Country

Brazil

Project authors

Ana luisa Rolim
Isabella Trindade
Beatriz Bueno
Larissa Falavigna

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

University

Technische universiteit delft

Country

Netherlands

Project authors

Bjarne Van der drift
Gerjan Agterhuis
Casper Bovy

Honorable mentions

VIEWclose HONOURABLE MENTIONS

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

VIEWclose Shortlisted projects

Canada

Columbia university

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

University of toronto - daniels faculty of architecture, landscape, & design

reem abdelaal
rui zhang

United States

giovanni fruttaldo
kimberly carlisle
noah lemus

Canada

University of toronto

sahar pasha
farhang alipour
pearl cao

Canada

ying yu
ying xu

Germany

Universität stuttgart

wolfgang sebastian kiehne
cayetano garcia cachay
christian bechara

Australia

Aye myat thu

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

shane karkheck

Canada

tristan van leur
samantha eby

Spain

Iaac institute for advanced architecture of catalonia

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

daria gridina

South Korea

Sejong university

oh juhyeon
yang geon

Canada

jonathan espana
david kim
kyle noronha
the vu nguyen

Netherlands

Technische universiteit delft

bjarne van der drift
gerjan agterhuis
casper bovy

Canada

University of toronto

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

yixin yang
linru wang

Canada

University of toronto

daniel lam
michelle choi

Belgium

amir adibmanesh

United Kingdom

abigail benouaich

Canada

leeann pallett

Vietnam

Politecnico di torino

duc huy pham
dianna marie aquino
 

Open architecture competitions

  • Closest Deadline first
  • Project competitions first
    Selected winning projects have the potential to be constructed
  • Ideas competitions first
    Experimental competitions with the focus on pushing the boundaries of creativity
ideas COMPETITION
MICROHOME 2021 - Small living, huge impact!

Design a new concept of small-scale architecture

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

registration deadlines

Remind me
May 11
Sep 07
Nov 02
Register now
project COMPETITION
Legendary Bird Home 2021

Design a bird home to fund wildlife charities

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PRODUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
May 11
Sep 07
Nov 02
Register now
ideas COMPETITION
Home for the Blind

Design an accessible home for the blind

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Jul 05
Sep 07
Nov 02
Register now
project COMPETITION
Columbarium - The Chamber of Memories

Design a columbarium in one of the most iconic cemeteries in the world

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Jul 06
Sep 08
Nov 03
Register now
ideas COMPETITION
Berlin Affordable Housing Challenge

Re-envision the German capital and design a new concept of affordable housing

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Jul 07
Sep 09
Nov 04
Register now
ideas COMPETITION
Office 2021 Design Challenge

Reimagine the workplace of the future, and design the new way of working

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN THE BOOK
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Jul 08
Sep 13
Nov 05
Register now
essay COMPETITION
Essay: Office Architecture

What will the evolution of workplace design look like?

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN THE BOOK
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Jul 09
Sep 14
Nov 09
Register now
essay COMPETITION
Essay: Accessible Architecture

Have your say on accessible architecture, why it’s important, and how it needs to be improved in the homes of the future.

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + PUBLICATION IN THE BOOK
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Jul 12
Sep 15
Nov 10
Register now
project COMPETITION
Iceland Greenhouse Restaurant

Design a restaurant, set between geothermal baths and a volcano in Iceland

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Jul 13
Sep 16
Nov 11
Register now
ideas COMPETITION
Humble Architecture: Everest Challenge

Design a humble architecture on Mount Everest

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Jul 15
Sep 20
Nov 15
Register now
ideas COMPETITION
Iceland Volcano Lookout Point

Design an observation platform on the edge of a volcano in Iceland

Prize: MONETARY AWARD
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Jul 16
Sep 21
Nov 16
Register now
project COMPETITION
The Last Genocide Memorial

Design a memorial to the victims of genocides worldwide

Prize: MONETARY AWARD + CONSTRUCTION
Eligibility: OPEN TO ALL

registration deadlines

Remind me
Aug 20
Sep 17
Nov 12
Register now
To access competion downloads please enter your email address:
OK
To access competion downloads please enter your email address:
OK
This website uses cookies for enhancing the user experience and tracking usage statistics.
More information is available in our Privacy Policy.