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Build-Up – A better future for the poor via incremental housing

Submission: December 28, 2021
Registration: December 27, 2021
Language: English
Location: Israel
Prizes: $6000
Type: Open


The challenge is to design an incremental house model that can be replicated in large numbers and grouped to create a low-income housing colony. Housing is a prominent facility that is not available to many. The land is a limited resource which often leads to high-density developments with substandard living experiences. The quality of life of the poor factions of society is affected the most in such scenarios. The housing problem is unending, due to the inability of infrastructure to adapt to the ever-changing dynamics of the economy, people, and cities. Can the urban fabric keep up with the changing landscape of cities?

Increasing health concerns, economic disparity, and even social and environmental calamities have not slowed down the rate of urbanization in third-world countries. Poverty, hunger, and safety are problems caused by broken infrastructure and lack of money and resources. Urban development in cities is rapid, unplanned, and unsustainable, leading to the emergence of various health hazards.

Design Objectives

Expandable – The configuration of the housing design must be flexible, allowing the building to expand, as and when required by the user.

Positive Finance – The requirements must be fulfilled by making the most efficient decisions with regard to economic aspects. The extension must be a value for money addition.

Evolutionary Apartment (75%) – Every housing unit must have an individual toilet and kitchen. The design result of the extended houses is to be documented.

Outdoor Spaces (25% Unclaimed) – Supplemental spaces for communal activities to be given.

Upgradable  – The supporting framework that will be required for the extension in the future must be provided.


  • The minimum eligible age for participation is 18 years.
  • The competitions are open worldwide for designers from any discipline.
  • You can participate as an individual or as a team of a maximum of 4 members.
  • All students and professionals can participate in the competitions.


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