Micro Housing Ideas Competition 2013

Sponsor: Denver Architectural League

Type: Open, ideas

Location: Denver, USA

Language: English


Open to all students in a college level design school, interns, designers working in the architectural profession, non registered architects, and registered architects. Open to individuals or teams.


$50 per entry. Teams and / or individuals may submit multiple entries at $50/entry.


Honor Award – $1500
Merit Award(s) – $500
Citation Award(s)- $250


25 January 2013 – Announcement Issued
4 February – 1 May – Registration
4 February – 1 May – Questions (posted on website)
9 May  – Submission deadline
17 May  – Winners announced

Design Challenge:

An ideas competition for the design of a new housing typology, an 8 unit micro housing complex. The site, located near 3457 Ringsby Court, is across from the entrance into Denver’s well known TAXI community (www.taxibyzeppelin.com ) and provides an opportunity for designers to explore and celebrate the following:

Entrance identity for the TAXI Community
Public access to the river for recreation
Affordable housing design
Modularity and prefabrication
“Thriveability” as it relates to natural ecologies and human modes of life
Appropriate use of technology, materials and building systems

This is an ideas competition inspired by a concern about the lack of innovation evident in Denver’s existing multi-family housing market where many banal apartment, townhouse and condominium complexes are springing up throughout the area. With this competition, designers have the opportunity to explore the future, question the past and re-invent the notion of responsible aff ordable housing with an emphasis on thriveability and regenerative design (defi ned as a design approach that transcends sustainability while addressing higher principles of societal health, human sustenance, site integration, energy production and appropriate materials and building systems.)

The competition presents an opportunity to follow up on our 2011 Modern House Competition by continuing the design dialogue through an exhibition occurring during the AIA National Convention from June 20 – 22. Prior to the exhibition the submittals will be juried by a distinguished group of representatives in the field of Architecture, Art, Design, Planning and Media. Awards, publication and competition sponsorship will be announced at a later date.

For more information and to register, go to: https://sites.google.com/site/microhousingcompetition/home