I am very excited to announce the launch of Building Trust International‘s new open design competition entitled ‘HOME’. The competition seeks to find well designed homes for the elderly or homeless within some of the World’s richest countries. The growing rate in single occupancy households has led to increased numbers of young and elderly people affected by poverty being forced to live in substandard living conditions and in the worst cases sleeping rough. The ‘HOME’ International Open Design Competition is directed to designers, engineers, architects and house builders to provide a solution to the housing crisis by offering sustainable, affordable small homes that give those that are alienated or marginalized within society a safe place to live. Building Trust international ask contestants to site their proposals in an urban area of a developed country, develop single occupant designs that are sensitive to the local context and keep to a budget of £20,000 ($30,000). Building Trust international will work alongside local government and community groups to seek funding and planning for the winning design. The design competition has the support of Habitat for Humanity and the YMCA.
ABOUT THE COMPETITION
The aim of this competition is to:
- Design a quality, low cost home that will tackle issues of homelessness and homes for the elderly in our society;
- Encourage and reward design excellence at a small scale which integrates function, structure, details and the need for shelter.
- Research, respond to and highlight the unique aspects of designing a home with the constraints of a low budget on an urban site.
- Encourage the employment of sustainable design in all aspects of the proposal and foster understanding of the impacts of housing trends on people’s health and well being.
This is a single stage competition with the aim of identifying the most appropriate proposal, which best satisfies the general and specific objectives of the contest.
The challenge is to design an affordable home for an individual. The profile of these users is not defined within the brief “we’re leaving it up to you” but as a guide they could be the elderly, physically or mentally impaired or homeless and looking for the opportunity to stop the cycle of living in debt. Lack of provision of quality small scale housing stock in developed countries often means those that are most vulnerable in our society live in sub-standard living conditions. The HOME design competition hopes to shed light on this and open the doors to designers and house builders that want to make a difference.
1st prize: We will pursue funding and planning for the winning design.
There will also be 9 honourable mentions.
1st prize: $500
There will also be 4 honourable mentions.
1st Prize, will be published in any subsequent magazine press as well as the Building Trust Website. There will also be a book that will be compiled of the best designs from the professional and student categories.
Competition officially announced – 1st April 2012
Final date for registration and fee payment – 30th June 2012
Closing date for submissions – 31st July 2012
Jury evaluation – 1st – 30th August 2012
Announcement of Winners to be posted on http://www.buildingtrustinternational.org –15th August 2012
If you are interested in the competition the brief please download from HERE
This week I have been in discussions with many architectural and design press and social networks to ensure the brief is available to the largest audience possible. I really hope you find the brief of interest and please do share the link with anyone who you think would like to enter the competition.