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d3 Housing Tomorrow 2012 Architecture Competition

The d3 Housing Tomorrow competition, once again, invites architects, designers, engineers, and students to collectively explore, document, analyze, transform, and deploy innovative approaches to residential urbanism, architecture, interiors, and designed objects.

The 2012 d3 Housing Tomorrow competition is calling for sustainable residential design proposals envisioned for worldwide site locations.

For those of you who don’t already know, d3 is an organization committed to advancing innovative positions in architecture, art, and design by providing a collaborative environment for architects, artists, designers, and students from around the world.

Architecture + Sustainable + Houses + Future

Exploration of contextual, cultural, and life cycle flows offers a critical lens for visualizing new housing strategies for living in the future.

This 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 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.

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.

Proposals are accepted in two 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.

d3 Housing Tomorrow 2012 Prizes

d3 will be awarding the following prizes in early February 2012. A summary publication of all awarded entries will also be published online.

  • 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

Brief Competition Requirements

  • d3 Housing Tomorrow 2012 Competition is open to architects, designers, engineers, and students worldwide.
  • You need to confirm that you have the legal right to submit the project as a competition entry.
  • 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 reserves the right to expand any prize category and designate special awards per discretion of the competition jury.

How to Submit Your Proposals?

Register online by 6 January 2012, and submit your proposals no later than 20 January 2012 (23:59 US Eastern Standard Time) to d3competitions [at] (please replace [at] with @).

Further instructions are available on the official website.

Entry Fee

  • $50 USD per entry