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Houses for Change
Register: Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Submit: Tuesday, December 17, 2013


IE University announces its “HOUSES FOR CHANGE” competition, the first initiative of this kind to be hosted by IE School of Architecture and Design.  The purpose of the competition is to propose innovative ideas for housing as an urgent and basic component of improving urban environments for the poor and at risk.

For the first time in history more than half the world’s people now live in cities. Over 90 percent of urban growth is occurring in the developing world, adding an estimated 70 million new residents to urban areas each year. This is coupled with estimates that about a third of the world’s population are slum dwellers. These settlements may be called different names - slums, villas miseria, favelas, bidonvilles, shanty towns – but all have a common denominator of urgency and they are fast becoming the norm in our societies. While urban poverty is a complex situation, the physical environment of housing is a crucial aspect which must be dealt with if this problem is to be tackled.  The competition is designed to encourage innovative solutions for housing the urban poor.

Architecture students and recent graduates of architecture will work alongside peers from other fields in multidisciplinary teams which have a unique role to play in suggesting solutions and approaches in response to the housing crisis facing many cities today. They will design proposals for the urban poor and at risk. These buildings and projects are place-specific and must take into account not only physical realities, but also cultural, economic, and social contexts.
“Education for social action and building innovative design solutions for housing problems requires a team effort across the globe” said Martha Thorne, Vice Dean of External Relations at IE School of Architecture and Design
The judges panel will comprise renowned global architects and academics, including Bijoy Jain, architect and founder of Studio Mumbai Architects (India), Hubert Klumpner, co-director of Urban - Think Tank and Chair of Architecture and Urban Design (ETH Zurich), Kimberly Holden, founding principal of SHoP Architects (New York), Samia Nkrumah, president of the Kwame Nkrumah Pan African Center, and Yung Ho Chang, architect, professor at MIT, and founder of Atelier FCJZ (Beijing).

The Award
The authors of the winning project will receive a scholarship covering €20,000 of the tuition fees of a master program at IE University, and IE also aims to construct a prototype of the winning entry


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