Buildner has announced the results of its Vancouver Affordable Housing Challenge. The competition is part of the organization’s Affordable Housing series, in partnership with ARCHHIVE BOOKS, showcasing projects that invent new means for driving down housing prices.
Designers were tasked with proposing a flexible, innovative, pilot-phase concept for affordable housing within Greater Vancouver. Winning projects will be featured in ARCHHIVE BOOKS’ second edition of its publication, What is Affordable Housing?
Buildner’s Affordable Housing design series posits that there is no one right answer to making housing affordable. Today, a host of new ideas and platforms are enabling people to own or purchase homes. These creative methods include everything from community co-living facilities, to 3D-printed homes, stackable modular homes and new forms of transit-oriented development.
“In addition to rising interest rates and a limited housing stock putting pressure on Vancouver’s housing market, the city is also restricted by zoning laws that render most types of housing – other than single- family detached homes – impossible to construct in many regions of the city. These issues, as well as many more political and economic factors, contribute to Vancouver’s mounting housing challenges,” says Buildner.
The competition encouraged participants to submit flexible solutions to accommodate a range of unit sizes including families, single professionals, and couples. There was no set competition site or scale, and participants were also encouraged to be as creative as possible:
1ST PRIZE WINNER
Xian Chris Li
2ND PRIZE WINNER
3RD PRIZE WINNER+AAPPAREL SUSTAINABILITY AWARD
ARCHHIVE STUDENT AWARD
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