CIU HABITAT International Academic Competition

Submission: July 05, 2016
Registration: June 24, 2016
Language: English, Spanish
Prizes: Project presentation in Quito, Equador
Type: Open


CIU HABITAT invites designers to submit proposals that compete for the solution of three real problems of the Ecuadorian popular habitat. Which are: for item 1, human settlements in mangrove ecosystems in the Gulf of Guayaquil; for item 2, the settlements located in areas of vulnerability and risk in the vicinity of the Tungurahua volcano; and item 3, housing solutions in marginal urban settlements with precarious levels in Guayaquil’s Estero Salado.


The MIDUVI and the Ecuadorian Architecture Association (CAE-P), as part of the national preparation process for Habitat III, invite the world’s academic community to assemble interdisciplinary teams to be a part of this pedagogical academic process. Such teams can consist of designers, urban planners, ecologists, environmentalists, biologists, scientists, specialists in risk and disaster management, students and professors of Architecture and Urbanism schools and universities. The teams will develop preliminary design proposals to solve three current issues of the Ecuadorian popular habitat: human settlements with environmental degradation, vulnerable settlements in risk due to volcanic activity, and highly marginal and precarious urban settlements.

Habitat III presents an opportunity to consider real and specific cases that imply difficult solving challenges, in a creative way with academic innovation. The objective is to obtain technical and conceptual contributions that allow to rethink existing interventions and generate elements that help improve the creation process of housing and public habitat policies in Ecuador. A pragmatic case study

for each problematic has been selected with the objective that the solutions of design and planning created for each case can be adapted or replicated in equivalent situations in Ecuador as well as other regions of the world.


The CIUHABITAT Competition Committee will have a Jury of 5 national and international members, 2 national and 3 foreign for each theme of the competition.


The academic community through universities around the world that have colleges or schools of Architecture, Planning, Design, Urban Planning, Geography, and other fields related to the issues of competition. These institutions can participate though their faculty that lead interdisciplinary teams made up of students who should be in the final two years of their majors.


  1. Publication of the Competition Brief on the official website: April 4th, 2016
  2. Official release of Contest: April 4th, 2016
  3. Opening for entries: April 5th, 2016
  4. Closing of registration: June 24th 2016
  5. Deadline for proposal submission by theme: July 6, 7 and 8, 2016
  6. Juries’ qualification of proposals: between July 18th and September 23rd, 2016
  7. Enactment of the Juror Committee Verdict: September 30th, 2016
  8. Competition results released: October 3rd, 2016 on the website.


Two members of each winning team for each theme of the competition will be invited to present in Quito, throughout the Habitat III activities. All participating proposals in the contest will be uploaded to the official website.

For each of the 3 themes of the contest, the Jury will select amongst all participant teams three finalists without any particular order. The jury will afterwards, select one winner out of the finalists.

  • The Jury committee will designate the winner of the competition for each one of the themes through a written document.
  • The second and third place for each theme of the contest will be designated as well on a written document.
  • The winning team’s academic leader, along with one of its members will have the opportunity to come to Quito as guests to present their project in one of the parallel events organized by Ecuador in the Habitat III Agenda. They will also have the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion about their proposal and the problematic of Marginal Habitat in the Southern Globe, in academic or institutional spaces.
  • The proposals of the three finalists for each theme will be uploaded to the contest’s official website with its corresponding recognition.
  • The proposals of the three finalist for each theme will be displayed in an exhibition held during Habitat III along with executed projects that participate in the Social Habitat category for Quito’s Pan-American Architecture Biennial (BAQ-2016) organized by CAE-P.
  • All participating proposals will be showed on the website of the competition.

The designation of awards in the competition does not imply any commitment on behalf of the promoter or organizing institution with the author or team members for the execution of the proposals. Neither with the teams that obtain the second place and third place or any awarded proposals.

As testimony of the Habitat conference, the promoting institution, MIDUVI will sponsor a publication that will gather the most important features of the conference and the most outstanding aspects of the contest for every theme. The publication will be sent to all Universities, Schools and teams that participate in the Academic International Contest of Preliminary Projects.


  • All time periods for deadlines will be considered from 9:00 until 23:59 (Quito GMT -5.00).
  • Registration for the contest will be made online using the official registration form through the website: www.ciuhabitat.com
  • Participating teams must submit through the website all the documentation that accredits the fulfilment of all requirements stated in the terms of the competition, chapter V.
  • The registration for the contest has a cost of 400.00 US Dollars (Ecuadorian Taxes included) for each of the competition themes.
  • Each professional team leader will receive an email confirmation for their registration by the Contest’s Technical Secretariat (STC) after submitting all the information which will accredit the team to participate in the contest and in the chosen theme.


This requirements are established to recognize the participation of the teams according to the academic nature of the contest and also to allow the Jury committees to evaluate the proposals by providing all the necessary information. The Contest’s Technical Secretariat (STC) will present a report qualifying the suitability of the participants preceding the process of evaluation by the Jury.

  • All elements of the proposal must be submitted completely online, in one single submission and in one single folder.
  • Any modification, alteration or addition to the originally presented proposal will not be accepted.
  • In order to fulfil with the requirements for participation, all contestants must fill the forms and documents presented in the terms of the competition, Chapter V: Regulations of the Contest.
  • Every registration allows the presentation of only one proposal for the contest.
  • Proposals will be presented digitally in 2 (two) DIN A0 format sheets (118,9cm x 84,1cm) portrait orientated (vertically) and must be submitted online through the website of the contest.
  • The digital files for the sheets containing all graphic information must be presented in DIN A0 format, saved in high resolution PDF format (150 dpi minimum), with a maximum file size of 30MB per sheet.
  • The deadlines for submission of the proposals for themes 1, 2 and 3 are July 6th, 7th and 8th 2016, 23:59 Quito time (GMT -5.00), according to each theme of the competition.
  • The sheets for the final proposal must include a summarized text that justifies the preliminary project (maximum 800 words).
  • The technique for the presentation is free. The participating teams can choose any technique among 2D plans, photographs, free hand perspectives, photomontage, collages and 3D images.

Go to the competition’s website

Date: April 15, 2016