Throughout this academic year Architecture_MPS is collaborating with Liverpool University and Liverpool John Moores University, together with various other institutions internationally to promote and support students working on the theme of affordable housing.
Architecture_MPS welcomes student work on these issues and encourage the submission of projects for inclusion in a book and submission to a related award. Universities are encouraged to submit the work of their students individually or in groups.
Providing affordable and decent housing provision is one of the most vexing and challenging problems facing designers, architects, planners and policy makers today. It affects the health, wellbeing and social aspirations of millions of people globally. It has attracted the attention of politicians, community groups, artists and architects, and was at the heart of avant-garde design thinking throughout the 20th century and needs to be today. To date, no permanent solutions have been found.
These books and awards intended to:
1. raise awareness of the issue of affordable housing.
2. offer innovative solutions to communities and professionals.
3. be used as a (design) project by professors and students.
4. encourage the next generation of designers to address housing
5. challenge preconceptions
The theme is ‘affordable housing’. This problem is not site or issue specific. Neither are the projects in these books or the wards they receive. As a result, no specific site is specified and no set criteria for how to address the subject are set.
Professors and students should respond to the theme in ways best suited for the sites, cities and countries they live, work and design in.
Undergraduate and Masters level students from any relevant discipline will accepted.
Students from any country are invited to participate.
Group submissions are accepted. All groups members must prove their status and prizes are awarded to the group.
Planning and Strategic Approaches – an award for a ‘design’ solution premised on innovative approaches to legal, financial or planning issues.
Urban Design Initiatives – an award reflecting the inevitable urban implications of housing large numbers of people in specific locations.
Sustainable House Initiatives – an award for innovative ideas at individual building scale
Renovating for Life – an award for creative and practical ideas on how to re-use existing housing or other building stock to meet the housing needs.
Theory and Research – an award for exceptional essays, research studies and theoretical examinations of the issue of housing
Open Ideas – an award for ideas and projects that do not fall easily into one of the specified categories.
Design Projects: 5 images of final project; 500 word description; 3 If you are interested in having student projects included in these publications and entered for these awards, please contact: Rachel Isaac-Menard: firstname.lastname@example.org