Prefab 20/20 – Visions for 400 Square Foot Homes Competition

Sponsor: Azure Magazine, Interior Design Show West, AIBC, Architecture for Humanity Vancouver

Type: open, international, 1-stage

Language: English

$50CDN ($35CDN early bird registration)

Eligibility: All submissions will be accepted

1st Prize – $1,000CDN
2 Runner-ups – $250CDN each

15 June 2009 – early bird registration deadline
31 July 2009 – registration deadline
31 August 2009 – submission deadline
17 September 2009 – winners announced

Oliver Lang – co-founder of Lang Wilson Practice
George Wagner – School of Landscape Architecture, University of British Columbia
Maged Senbel – School of Community and Regional Planning, University of British Columbia
Michael Geller – The Geller Group
Kristina Lee Podesva – artist
Duane Elverum – assistant professor of Emily Carr University

Design Challenge:

The challenge is to propose a free-standing, prefab dwelling unit for a footprint no more than 400 sq. ft. in an urban setting anywhere in the world. Fit for two adults, its basic program shall include sleeping, bathing, cooking, living, working/studying, and storage areas. Entrants are free to deviate from the basic program but justification must be included.

Entrants are encouraged to look at how their chosen site can be contextualized within transport grids, power grids and other community amenities. Entrants may make recommendations on changes their chosen site should amend in order to encourage sustainable density. Entrants should consider and demonstrate procedural steps: building kit of parts articulating different elements, taking inventory, creating a directory of resources, and refining the detailing.

Submission Requirements:
Submissions must consist of 1 36×48 inch presentation board, landscape format, in high quality PDF format. The presentation must also include a write-up of no more than 500 words describing the project. All entries must be submitted electronically.

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