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Apartment with blue and green panels

This challenge aims to create an affordable housing design that provides people with a basic livable facility. One of the ways to mitigate the housing crisis is by creating solutions that are made in consideration of the poor. The design should aim to provide the spaces that are needed for survival in the city, along with other necessary spaces that are accommodated in an affordable price range. 

The site is in London — a city known for its high-end living and extravagant affairs, but there are many low-income and homeless people who are suffering due to negligence of their needs. Affordability is a huge challenge for them as they end up in sub-standard shelters or on the streets.


  • Empathy: Understand the basic needs of the people who are searching for a home on a survival level. Provide spaces that are required for basic functioning and living. 
  • Affordability: Materials, sizes, and construction technology are to be studied to make the housing project more and more affordable to a large number of people. 
  • Multiplicability: Study and create a kind of space that can be further multiplied and prototyped in various areas as per the need. Which can help in mitigation of the problem.  
  • Context: The design must respond to the (existing) site conditions. The wider socio-cultural, economic and environmental settings are to be considered in the design approach.

The program has been designed for 100 users. 

The design of houses/units would be based on two kinds of modules namely Single or Double occupancy for User Groups. The blocks created from these units can be a combination of different units with common areas for interaction and services. 

User Profile

  • Young Adults: 18-25 Years: User groups from this age category may be full-time or part-time workers or students depending on their occupation and education.
  • Working Professionals: 25-40 years: User groups from this age category would have different kinds of occupations (creative freelancers, healthcare, software developers, etc). However, the house units are expected to be universal and not specific.

Submission Requirements

Minimum 3 sheets/presentation images/boards, size [2800px x 3500px] in portrait digital format (JPEG only). No maximum sheet limit. Each image should be less than 15MB.

Cover image containing:

  • Site plan 
  • 1 x Key concept section
  • 3D views x 4
  • Additional cover image of 2000px x 1000px
  • Write an article/story in the Journal section of the project (of about 700-1000 words) answering the questions given in the guide.


  • Minimum eligible age for participation is 18 years.
  • There is no restriction on the degree of design disciplines to participate in the challenge.
  • Participation in the competition can happen in a team as well as an individual.
  • Maximum numbers of participants in a team are 4.
  • The challenge is open worldwide for anyone to participate.


Winner: $150 USD + E-certificate + Publication + Insignia