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Living Steel Launches 3rd International Architecture Competition for Sustainable Housing


February 4, 2008
by Canadian Architect

Living Steel is once again asking architects to take up the challenge to develop sustainable housing for the world’s burgeoning housing shortage. The 3rd International Architecture Competition presents architects with the task of creating energy-efficient, single-family, detached housing that minimizes climate change emissions and can withstand temperature extremes, yet is affordable to build and to buy.

Architects the world over can enter at www.livingsteel.org/extremehousing until April 28, 2008. Architects entering an Expression of Interest must do so as a team of two architects to be eligible for shortlist consideration.

Judged by some of the leading architects around the world, total prizes and honoraria are 100,000, with the winning design awarded 50,000. The winning architects will use the exceptional qualities of steel to construct their design in Cherepovets, Russian Federation, where temperatures can range from -49C to +34C. The homes constructed from the winning designs will be part of a community for use by employees of Russian steelmaker, SeverStal JSC, headquartered in Cherepovets.

“This competition is the chance to be a positive force in the growing global need for economical, environmentally responsible housing,” said Scott Chubbs, Living Steel Program Director. “We’ve put together an exciting format that will allow ten teams of two architects each to present their best ideas for filling this critical need.”

The third competition includes a two-part challenge each with a winner and prize. Ten teams will be shortlisted as competition finalists. The ten shortlisted teams will be given the project brief and one month to put together their ideas for efficient, sustainable housing that fits the location specifications. These teams will be flown to Helsinki, Finland, where they will present their concepts to the competition’s jury on June 26-27, 2008. The jury will select a winning team who will be awarded the jury prize of 50,000 and the opportunity to see their design come to reality.

In addition, a two-day design charrette will follow on June 28-29 in Helsinki where teams will be joined together in groups and tasked with the master-planning of the community development. The groups will present their plans to each other and then vote which group offered the best solution. The winning group will share the 20,000 Architects’ Prize.

Each of the 10 competition teams will be awarded a 3,000 honorarium, as well as have their travel costs to Helsinki paid by Living Steel.

The competition event in Helsinki will conclude with an awards dinner on June 29, 2008 and the announcement of the winners of the Jury Prize and Architects’ Prize.

“We want to give architects the opportunity to imagine their extreme ideas making an extreme impact for our world and for the people that will call their vision ‘home’,” said Chubbs. “We are anticipating a great time of exploring a score of possibilities for home and community, not only to meet this competition challenge, but to offer the world viable, sustainable solutions for comfortable and affordable housing for similar regions.”

The 3rd International Architecture Competition follows two other successful Living Steel competitions that are entering the demonstration building construction stage in Brazil, China, India, Poland and the United Kingdom.

Learn more and enter online at www.livingsteel.org/extremehousing.



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