SqrFoot House Housing For One Competition, 2018 Urban Architecture Contest

SqrFoot House Housing For One Competition 2018

Architectural Contest – Access to Safe & Secure Homes

24 Aug 2018

SqrFoot House Housing For One Competition News

e-architect are happy to announce our partnership with @SqrFactor’s competition : SqrFoot House – Housing For One.

The aim of the competition is to design a housing unit for a family of 4 within an area of 250 sqrft and height 12 feet – Too tight, right? You think you can take this challenge?

Early registration ends in 1 day.

1 Aug 2018

This architecture competition is now live

22 Jul 2018

2018 SqrFoot House Housing For One Competition

SqrFoot House Housing For One Competition 2018

We believe that to bring about a change for billions of needful people, we must start with ONE


The growing issue of homeless people around the world is one that needs to be tackled on a war footing. As our cities grow, each of them are occupied by a diverse narrative of migrants who make the city their home. A third of all urban dwellers worldwide – 1.2 billion people – lack access to safe and secure housing.

The gap is worst in lower and middle income countries, where some cities are growing so quickly that governments cannot build out services and infrastructure fast enough to accommodate new arrivals. The result is millions living in inadequate conditions and fraying trust in governments.

SqrFoot House: Housing For One Competition

The Brief

Affordability is a fundamental challenge faced by our most successful cities. Where supply cannot keep up with demand; there are often a lot forces at work, and technology has the potential to help mitigate all of them.

To design effective experiences that achieve positive social change, we need design principles that integrate the systems and Human Centric Design approach.

Firstly, We need to understand the challenges faced by the migrants and people who need it. Secondly, we have to understand the idea of design itself – a design so efficient which can be multiplied and drive individual actions, which, when performed by many individuals, drives wide-scale, societal change.

Affordable house starts with the design phase itself, an integrated design approach by the designer is very much essential during the early phase of the project.

SqrFoot House: Housing For One Design Competition

The Challenge

We aim to impact at least one needful family by using design as a tool to create sustainable and affordable product. We are focusing on 4 major problems faced by homeless migrants :

• Affordability : Access to safe and secure housing which is easy on pocket and doesn’t brand itself as housing for the poor but an asset which is useful for everyone.

• Mobility & Portability : Floating population/seasonal migrants, who might not want to invest in property — an immovable illiquid asset, no matter how subsidised or cheap it is, we need a mobile/portable solution which is designed with innovative technologies.

• Sustainability and Scalability : A design solution which sustains not just the weather conditions but is easy to maintain and can be replicated to bring a scalable change.

• Economic Opportunity : Can this new product design generate revenue either for the Individual/family living in it or the government?

Design Program

A good modular design concept can definitely save up a lot and the productivity will be much higher in modular design, thus the tenements can be delivered on time.

•A small house for a family of 4 members not exceeding an area of 200 SqrFt and maximum height of 9 feet, the lesser the area – the better. The shape of the house is not restricted but it shouldn’t exceed the total cubic feet volume (200 SqrFt. X 9 Ft.).

•Basic amenities like sleeping area for 4 members, Kitchen and toilet to be provided.

•Not necessarily but design a product which is movable, portable and affordable. A design so efficient which can be carried, transported, fixed and dismantled when needed.

•You have to design a small housing colony for 50 families, combining one module with other similar modules. Your modular design should create an impact by solving the mass housing problem.

•The area for the colony is not restricted and you can grow either horizontally or vertically.

Awards & Recognition

1st Prize
INR 50,000 + Certificate

2nd Prize
INR 30,000 + Certificate

3rd Prize
INR 20,000 + Certificate

Top 10 Entries except top 3 winners will be awarded INR 5,000 + Certificates

Top 3 Special Recognition and Awards for the Teachers/Mentors having maximum teams in top 30 short-listed entries

Top 30 short-listed entries will be featured on Sqrfactor’s website +
Eligible for Voting For People’s Choice Award + Digital Certificate

Registration and Important Dates

Early Registration
1st August to 25th August 2018
Indian – INR 900 (per team)
International – USD 20

Standard Registration
26th August to 15th September 2018
Indian – INR 1500 (per team)
International – USD 30

Late Registration
16th September to 25th September 2018
Indian – INR 2400 (per team)
International – USD 40

Date of Submission – 30th September 2018 | Announcement of Winners – 20th October 2018

Architects, students, engineers, product designers, thinkers, companies, organizations and everyone interested in the mission of the competition to submit their ideas. No professional qualifications are necessary.

Entrants may register by signing up on sqrfactor.com and then participation in the competition by paying the registration amount through a payment gateway on our website.

Submission Requirements
Maximum 3 A2 Sheets | Participants will have to upload the submissions on the competition page at www.sqrfactor.com in Article (SqrFactor Editor) or PDF format. Uploaded PDF should not be more than 20 MB.

Previous Competitions : Info, Partners, Jury and Stats

Re-Inventing Gwalior’16
The aim of the competition was to design a School of Music and Arts particularly responding to Indian classical style of music at the proposed land by Gwalior Municipal Corporation.

Dates – 29 Jan’16 to 29 May’16
Eligibility – Architecture students and Fresh graduates who have graduated in year 2014 and after.
Type – Paid Competition – National (1200, 1800, 2400 INR)

Envisioning Gwalior Trade Fair
The aim of the competition was to re-design Gwalior Trade Fair to reawaken the glory of a historic trade fair ground and to give back the original charm, through sustainable architecture, for the Land which is owned by Gwalior Trade Fair Authority.
Dates – 20 Aug’16 to 15 Dec’16
Eligibility – Architecture students and Fresh graduates who have graduated in year 2014 and after.
Type – Paid Competition – International (1500, 2100, 3000 INR)

An engaging challenge which started in December’17 was about storytelling through illustrations (sketches/doodles/paintings or computer generated illustrations and graphics) related to architecture with a 100 word story explaining the illustration.
Dates – 4 Dec’17 to 29 Dec’17
Eligibility – Open to all the students, designers and architects from the field of architecture & related fields.
Type – Free Competition | Individual Participation Only

SqrFoot House Housing For One Competition information / image received 210718

Location: Mumbai, India

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