Paris Affordable Housing Challenge

Submission: November 12, 2019
RegistrationJune 11, 2019
Language: English
Location: Paris, France
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open


The Bee Breeders Global Housing Availability Challenge series in partnership with ARCHHIVE BOOKS turns its attention on Paris for the next competition in the series. Paris, like so many other international cities around the world, is struggling with a huge affordable housing problem. Paris ranks in the top 10 most expensive cities to live in, meaning housing prices are naturally higher than other regions in France.

One factor that drives up house prices is the massive demand for rental properties, and the growing trend of short-term lets to tourists. Landlords are favoring these short-term rentals in which they can earn twice as much per month as opposed to renting to long-term residents.  Reduced supply and a consistently high demand means that finding an affordable place to live is nearly impossible in the city of lights.

The Paris Affordable Housing Challenge is tasking participants with designing a sustainable solution to Paris’ affordable housing problem. There is no specific location defined for this architecture competition, as such designs should be versatile enough that they can be adapted and rolled out across multiple locations in order to increase the capacity of the city’s housing stock. Participants should consider designs that are flexible enough to accommodate different sizes for various inhabitants (families, single professionals, couples, etc) and their varying requirements.

As there are no specific requirements, participants are encouraged to be as creative as possible in the solutions they design, challenging typical ideas of housing, design, and the community at large, while at the same time maintaining a practical element that could potentially see these designs realised.


3 winning proposals and 6 honourable mentions will be selected. Bee Breeders will award a total of US $6,000  in prize money to competition winners as follows:

1st Prize – US $3,000
2nd Prize – US $1,500
3rd Prize – US $500
+ 6 honourable mentions
BB Student Award – US $500
BB Green Award – US $500


Early Bird Registration: MAY 9 – JUNE 11
Advance Registration: JUNE 12 – JULY 16
Last Minute Registration: JULY 17 – OCTOBER 15

Closing date for registration: OCTOBER 15, 2019
Closing date for submission: NOVEMBER 12, 2019 (11:59pm GMT)

Announcement of the winners: DECEMBER 4, 2019

Go to the competition’s website