Decoding Density

Submission: 3rd April 2024 Registration: 19th January 2024 Location: Concept Language: English Prizes: over $38,000 CAD Type: Open

Missing Middle and Mixing Middle housing forms, the subjects of Urbanarium’s previous ideas competitions, are becoming mainstream policies. Urbanarium’s next competition again explores missing middle housing, this time at the high end of that density range.

Decoding Density is an international invitation to imagine new possibilities for six-storey plus apartment forms by addressing two of the most existential problems of today: climate change and housing affordability. Submissions will challenge the constraints of code and other regulations to do so.

The six-storey wood frame apartment building is becoming a standard for municipalities in the Metro Vancouver region for increasing density. And yet, designers exploring these apartment forms find that code and other regulations, combined with financial factors, generate boxes that are not affordable, do not address climate change, and struggle to offer outdoor space, light, and cultural, communal and family-orientated features.




Early Bird Registration Opens * Monday, December 11, 2023
Site Allocation** Monday, December 18, 2023
Deadline for Questions Round 1 Tuesday, December 19, 2023
Answers Posted Round 1 Friday, December 22, 2023
Early Bird Registration Deadline Friday, December 29, 2023
Deadline for Questions Round 2*** Friday, January 12, 2024
Answers Posted Round 2 Tuesday, January 16, 2024
Registration Deadline Friday, January 19, 2024
Submission Deadline Wednesday, April 3, 2024
Jury Deliberation Saturday, April 13,  2024
Award Presentation Tuesday, April 16,  2024
Party! Publication & Solutions Video June, 2024



Overall Prize Awards
     First Prize $12,000 CAD
     Second Prize $8,000 CAD
     Third Prize $4,000 CAD
     3 Honourable Mentions $2,000 CAD ea.
Planners Prize Award
     Planners Prize $10,000

Date: December 18, 2023