International Architecture Competition

Sydney
Affordable Housing Challenge

US $6,000 + EXHIBITION AT SYDNEY BUILD 2018 Prize
09 February, 2018 Registration deadline
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Competition

Debate rages across the country, as experts and analysts go back and forth over the idea of an affordable housing crisis in Australia. One area that all experts can agree on, however, is that Sydney is in a league of its own when it comes to property prices. Sydney comes in second to Hong Kong as having the least affordable housing in a survey of 10 major metropolitan markets.

The Guardian Australia reported figures from BIS Oxford economics showing that, as of December 2016, 42% of average disposable household income in New South Wales was being poured into monthly mortgage payments. This is on a median-priced house in Sydney, after the sizeable 25% deposit has already been paid.

As these figures have not significantly changed in over 25 years, the Sydney Affordable Housing Challenge - in collaboration with the Sydney Build Expo - is looking for innovative solutions that could end this crisis for good.

Sydney is Australia’s biggest and most vibrant metropolitan hub, but its astronomical price tag is restricting its population to those of a privileged background. Therefore, this is an open architecture competition, encouraging those new to the industry - as well as seasoned professionals - to address to question of how to create affordable homes with limited space and resources.

The jury panel will evaluate submitted designs and award further acclaim to those with sustainable practices for everything from construction materials and methods, to logistics and innovation. The winners will be presented at the Sydney Build Expo 2018.






Sydney comes in second to Hong Kong as having the least affordable housing in a survey of 10 major metropolitan markets.

Competition Programme:

Design a pilot-phase concept for affordable housing within Sydney, which can be easily rolled out to increase capacity of housing stock, and is minimal in its use of land and materials. 

No minimum size or amount of residential units per block is defined. The proposals should be flexible enough to adopt to different sizes for various inhabitant capacity requirements. 

Designs for the Sydney Affordable Housing Challenge should be able to adapt to various locations across the city. The designs should also be adaptable, allowing adjustments to be made in order to suit different residential capacity requirements.

Eligibility: 

Competition is open to all. No professional qualification is required. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (4 team members maximum). 



Sydney Build Expo 2018
 

By building on last years success, Sydney Build is back on March 15th & 16th with more content, more networking and more entertainment than ever before. Across the two days, the expo will see thousands of construction professionals, architects, developers, government representatives visit Royal Hall of Industries to meet with over 200 exhibitors showcasing the very latest products, solutions, and technology across the sector. 90 top level speakers from across the industry will take part in informative presentations and CPD accredited workshops, covering topics such as BIM & Digital Construction, Off-Site Construction, Sustainability, Skills, and the Future of Australia's Construction Industry.

Prizes

Total prize fund
US $6,000 + EXHIBITION AT SYDNEY BUILD 2018
1st prize

US $3,000

Presented in Sydney Build 2018
Publications
Certificate of Achievement

2nd prize

US $1,500

Presented in Sydney Build 2018
Publications
Certificate of Achievement

3rd prize

US $500

Presented in Sydney Build 2018
Publications
Certificate of Achievement

BB STUDENT AWARD

US $500 (more details here)

Presented in Sydney Build 2018
Publications
Certificate of Achievement

BB GREEN AWARD

US $500 (more details here)

Presented in Sydney Build 2018
Publications
Certificate of Achievement

+ 6 HONOURABLE MENTIONS


EXHIBITION:


The top 3 designs, as well as the “Student Award” and “Green Award” will be announced at the Sydney Build 2018 show on March 15th.

PUBLICATIONS:

The winners will get international art and design media coverage and will be featured on the Bee Breeders website and social pages

CERTIFICATE:

Bee Breeders will also acknowledge the outstanding performance of all winners and honourable mentions with Certificates of Achievement.

Jury Panel

Jury members, shall under no circumstances be contacted by competition participants or their representatives. Participants who attempt to contact jury members, shall be disqualified. 


All communication regarding the competition should only be carried out with Bee Breeders staff. For any questions please contact us on [email protected]

FULL JURY PANEL AVAILABLE HERE

KEY DATES & REGISTRATION FEES

Closing date for registration
09 February, 2018
Closing date for project submission
14 February, 2018 (11:59pm GMT+0)
Announcement of the winners
16 March, 2018

preliminary registration deadlines

Registration fees

Early Bird Registration
04 October - 03 November
Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
US $90
Students
US $70
Advance Registration
04 November - 01 December
Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
US $120
Students
US $100
Last Minute Registration
02 December - 09 February
Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
US $140
Students
US $120



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