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d3 Housing Tomorrow 2011 Competition

The 2011 d3 Housing Tomorrow competition calls for transformative solutions that advance sustainable thought, building performance, and social interaction through study of intrinsic environmental geometries, social behaviors, urban implications, and programmatic flows.

Special emphasis may be placed on housing concepts that investigate dialogues including engagement of internal/external socio-economic diversity, change/adaptability over time, public/private spatial connectivity, and permanence/impermanence of materials.

d3 provides a collaborative environment for architects, artists, designers, and students from around the world.


d3 challenges participants to rethink strategies for investigating residential design from macro-to-micro scales ranging from urban – promoting broader physical interconnectivity; communal – exploiting an interaction of units with shared facilities; and internal – examining the interior particularity of the unit, individual, or family in housing design toward promoting identity, ownership, and intimacy.

An architecture of emergence suggests that design expression requires purpose beyond formal assumption and aesthetic experimentation itself. Concurrent with sustainable thought, the d3 Housing Tomorrow competition assumes that architecture does not simply form, but rather perform various functions beyond those conventionally associated with residential buildings. Accordingly, design submissions must be environmentally responsible while fostering inventive conceptual living solutions for today and tomorrow. Although proposals should be technologically feasible, they may suggest fantastical architectural visions of a sustainable residential future.

The d3 Housing Tomorrow competition allows designers freedom to approach their creative process in a scale-appropriate manner, from large-scale master planning endeavors, to individual building concepts, to notions of the interior realm. Although there are no restrictions on site, scale, program, or residential building typology, proposals should carefully address their selected context.

Competition categories:

  • Category 1: Open category that calls for sustainable residential design proposals envisioned for worldwide site locations. All projects will be entered into this category.
  • Special Mention Categories: All projects will be eligible for typology-specific special mentions.


  • Category 1
    • First Place: $1000 cash prize
    • Second Place: $500 cash prize
    • Third Place: $250 cash prize
  • Special Mention Categories
    • High-Density Housing
    • Medium-Density Housing
    • Low-Density Housing
    • Deployable Pod
    • Modular Interior
    • NYC
  • Award-winning project team members will receive individual award certificates.


  • All architects, landscape architects, interior designers, engineers, and students are invited to participate.
  • d3 encourages submissions by interdisciplinary design teams.
  • Individual or group entries are accepted.
  • No limit on the number of participants per team.
  • No hard-copy submissions are required.
  • All entries are accepted with the explicit free right of publication, reproduction, and promotional use by d3 and its sponsors without need for further approvals.
  • d3 shall bear no responsibility for copyright protection of competition submissions.

How to enter?

Visit the official website and register by selecting “Register” from the main menu. Once you’ve registered, send your submission to: d3competitions [at] (please replace [at] with @).

Include your ‘entrant number’ in the message title: (example) Submission #9999

The submission must contain the following electronic files:

  • Two Presentation Boards in PDF Format
  • Contact Information as PDF (.pdf) 1 page
  • Statement of Design Intent as PDF (.pdf) 1 page

Entry fee

  • $50 USD/professional entry
  • $25 USD/student entry