Hosts: Yoshioka-Bunko Foundation  Shinkenchiku-sha Co., Ltd.

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May 30, 2019
Added an announcement about competition outline.
April 26, 2019
Open this competition website.


What will the future look like? How can architects design dwellings to meet evolving living patterns and the challenges of the future? This competition offers the contestant the opportunity to answer these questions. The contestant will be asked to design dwellings that take a bold social and environmentally sustainable view of the future.
70 years ago, New Canaan’s Mid Century architects faced similar questions. To these architects who practiced during that period, Mid-Century Modern was more than a style. It was a social, and even a political movement. They believed that the architecture they practiced offered new ideas for living that were more advanced and better suited for the times than the architecture that preceded them. By creating more efficient and scientific households, they thought of houses as “Machines for Living,” a term that became popular at the time. (a+u 19:05)
Now, more than 70 years later, it is time to re-examine the criteria on which the success of housing is formed, both from a programming, architectural and urbanistic point of view. In order to look to the future, one must not only understand the successes and failures of the past, but also be able to gauge what are some of the urgencies of the present.

Alan Goldberg

Note: There is an additional announcement about submission requirements from Alan Goldberg, the professional advisor.

1. Write a 300 word essay in English, or 600 characters in Japanese, which must be in 12 point type or larger, describing the physical and social challenges that will be faced by people living in the future, and how you would address these challenges.

2. The judging criteria will be based on how successfully the applicants' submission meet the challenges they identify.
 a. Efficient use of land
 b. Use of latest building technologies
 c. Lowering resource consumption
 d. Affordability
 e. Social benefits