Archetype for the Living City Sustainable Housing Competition

The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and the Design Exchange are challenging Canadian architects, engineers and designers to build the ultimate environmentally friendly and affordable house. The winning house of the first Sustainable Housing Competition will be open to the public, so homeowners can learn about and choose sustainable features for their own homes. It will also be a model for sustainable subdivisions in the Ontario communities of Vaughan, Newmarket and Pickering. The criteria for the competition will be determined at the end of August.
For the home to be sustainable, it must use renewable resources, seek to minimize or eliminate negative environmental impacts, and increase people’s quality of life. Design teams are asked to submit a letter of intent to participate in the competition by October 7, 2005. Design proposals will be due in March 2006, and will be on exhibit at the Design Exchange until a winner is selected on June 15, 2006.
For specific criteria for the competition and other information, please visit Archetype at

Toronto and Region Conservation’s vision is for the Living City, a new kind of community where human settlement can flourish forever as a part of nature’s beauty and diversity. For more information about the Living City, please call 416.661.6600 or visit