Total Housing Competition

Together with Architizer and the Storefront for Art & Architecture, we are launching the first competition in a series of competitions to create today's definitive source for residential design that goes beyond standardized models of inhabitation.

What is Total Housing?
The competition originates from Total Housing, the book recently published by Actar, conceived as evidence supporting the qualities of dense, urban living.

Total Housing
Apartments is the first in the series of Total Housing Competitions. The city is resurgent after years of suburban supremacy, but new technologies and socio-economic shifts have made traditional models for urban housing obsolete. Architects and designers are at the forefront of creating physical spaces that react to these new urban conditions, and we want to see them. Total Housing: Apartments is looking for residential projects that address the incongruity between outmoded ideas of domestic space and contemporary urban lifestyles. We are looking for apartments that demonstrate innovation through material applications, programmatic arrangements, technological implementations, or radical conceptual propositions.

The work can be built or proposed, but it must have been conceived or completed within the last 3 years. The work must be submitted by the author or authors of the project [firms, architects, designers, students, teams, anyone].

Apartment is defined as: a domestic unit for inhabitation within a building occupied by more than one household. Entrants can enter as many projects as they wish, but each project must be classified as one of the following apartment units:

1) One bed
2) Two bed
3) Three bed
4) Three + bed
5) None of the above

Submission Requirements
The project profile must include the following:

• Submission is free + Submit your projects on Architizer.com
• The lead design firm or project leader
• Team
• Project Title
• A brief text [300 words maximum] that describes the project and clearly defines the questions your project addresses and the innovative tools of implementation your project proposes.
• Keywords: To guide the jury’s evaluation of your project, please include one or several keywords that specify your project’s space of inquiry (suggestions: urban policy, material, ecological, social)
• A minimum of five documents, including at least:
• One (1) a diagram, drawing or image that explains the core idea in your project
• Two (2) plans, sections or details
• Two (2) images, renderings or photographs
• The tag «THA2010» must be added as a tag to the project profile, without this tag the project will not be eligible. Note the category of your entry by adding it to your tag after an underscore. For instance, a one bed apartment will be tagged THA2010_1. Whereas a three+ bed apartment will be tagged: THA2010_3.

11.59pm EST November 28th 2010

The Jury
– Elisa Ours (VP of Planning and Design, Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group)
– Joel Sanders (founder and principal, Joel Sanders Architect)
– Calvin Tsao (principal, Tsao & McKown Architects)
– Marc Kushner, AIA (cofounder of Architizer.com)
– Wayne Congar (Editor, Actar NY)
– Albert Ferre (Managing Editor, Actar)
– Eva Franch (Director, Storefront for Art and Architecture)

The jury will deliver the results on December 6th in New York City. There will be 5 winners, one from each category, along with a number of honorable mentions. The winning designs will be featured on Architizer’s front page, a selection of the projects will be asked to be part of the Total Housing 01: Apartments performance-exhibition at Storefront for Art and Architecture in NYC, and asked to contribute their work to the upcoming publication of Total Housing in print, by Actar Publishers and online by Architizer

What’s next?
Stay tuned throughout 2011 for other housing typology calls.

Contact > info@architizer.com

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