SOCIAL DISTANCING - Non Architecture

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SUMMARY

Our world is changing fast, while ambitions and challenges match in importance. In this context, design can play a huge role. How do we imagine the world to be? What range of possibilities we haven’t discovered yet? What’s a Non-Architecture for a World in crisis? In 2020 we started the second phase of competitions to address the issues of tomorrow.

In line with our style we propose 9+1 themes – ten critical topics to work on, but this time they come with a framework to make sure that each theme is explored from different design angles. Rather than a program, a research ecosystem composed of various competitions running in parallel and exploring the same theme from different perspectives.

Our exploration journey will start from a theme zero, a special step in our research program: Pandemic Society.

 

BRIEF IN SHORT:

This competition calls for alternative housing models to disrupt the real estate market in a scenario of prolonged social distancing. We ask for a creative approach to architectural design, departing from a given users, program and extension.

Social Distancing Housing Block is part of a Competition series, developed to imagine new dwelling models through a variety of creative architectural designs and feasible innovation. Considering the limits of the current housing market, what could be the domestic architecture of the future?

According to the United Nations, the world population is expected to grow by almost 25% in the coming thirty years. Such growth will most likely occur in urban areas, where the housing shortage is already becoming an urgent issue. Additionally, a large part of existing and future buildings will be destined for residential use, leaving a huge impact on the way people live, experience, and affect cities. In this context housing models have been frozen into standardized solutions that leave little or no room for innovation. Such solutions are often perpetrated as a convention, missing a wide range of unexplored opportunities.

The COVID-19 outbreak showed how our way of living can quickly change, while dwellings suddenly became the main stage for this transformation. Imagining a society where social distancing is the new normality, how should housing models change? How can we introduce a valuable change in the established model, to disrupt the real estate market and benefit dwellers, the environment, and the city?

Social Distancing Housing Block aims to answer these questions.

 

ELIGIBILITY:

Non Architecture Competitions are open to all human beings, from every age and cultural background, working in groups or individually. Teams can be formed by a maximum number of 5 people. The registration fee is paid per team, regardless of how many members form it. Personal information of all the team members can be uploaded during the submission procedure of the final drawing.

PRIZES

Non Architecture Competitions will award two winners, selected by the jurors individually, and 6 honourable mentions.

  • WINNERS (2 Prizes)
    • 1.000 euros worth in gift cards from one of the major online shops chosen by the winner.
    • Publication in the Non Architecture Competitions book and website.
    • Reviews in digital magazines and several architecture blogs.
  • HONORABLE MENTIONS (6 Prizes)
    • Publication in the Non Architecture Competitions book and website.
    • Reviews in digital magazines and several architecture blogs.
  • EDITORIAL PICK (Minimum 6 Prizes)
    • Publication in the Non Architecture Competitions book and website.
  • FINALISTS (Up to 36 Prizes)
    • Publication in the Non Architecture Competitions Journal.
  • SPECIAL PRIZE
    • The organization might establish additional special prizes and awards during the competition development and in the evaluation phase.

JURY & CALENDAR

The jury members are the following:

Fala Atelier
and
Aleksander G. Kongshaug  – Architect & Researcher at GXN
Laurent Rosset – Architect at 3XN

1 – 20 May 2020 -Special registration period (40 €) (30€).
21 May – 14 June – Early registration period (55 €).
15 June – 18 July – Regular registration period (70 €).
19 July – 16 August – Late registration period (85 €).
17 – 29 August – Last-minute registration (100 €).
17 August – Submission opens on our website.
29 August – 23.59 PM – Submission closes.
21 – 27 September – Winner announcement.

The timing always refers to Central European Time (CET)

Considering the current world situation due to the pandemic Covid-19, we are exceptionally launching this competition with a Special registration price: we are changing the registration price for the first two weeks from 40€ to 30€ price. This is our way to provide you with something fun to do while dealing with quarantine!

If you would like to register for both competitions of the Pandemic Society theme, we can offer you a 50% discount on the registration fee of the second one. In order to use the discount, register using the promotion link at the bottom of the competition page. In this case, the competition team should include the same participants for both competitions.
This offer is valid for the whole registration period.

BRIEF & FAQ

DOWNLOAD THE BRIEF WITH EXTENDED SUBMISSION INFO (07/07/2020) HERE

DOWNLOAD THE BRIEF HERE

THEME 0: PANDEMIC SOCIETY – DOWNLOAD THE BROCHURE HERE

DOWNLOAD TEAM DOCUMENT TEMPLATE (.DOC)

DOWNLOAD TEXT DOCUMENT TEMPLATE (.DOC)

READ THE FAQ HERE


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REGISTRATION&SUBMISSION

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