Initiative 99 Global Design Competition

Architecture Competition: Initiative 99 Global Design Competition

Initiative 99, a global architecture competition to reinvent affordable housing that can be built for less than $99,000, is now accepting proposals, according to ICON. ICON is dedicated to constructing a number of the winning designs at various sites as a paradigm for future affordable housing, with a total prize fund of $1 million.

Initiative 99 aims to bring the world’s architectural, design, and construction communities together around a common goal: creating a better future for those who most need it. Participation is encouraged from architects worldwide, including businesses, individuals, and college students.

An expert panel of practitioners in architecture, academic leaders, policy makers, and non-profit organizations dedicated to implementing affordable housing solutions make up the Initiative 99 jury. These individuals include: Michael Bell, professor and founding chair of Columbia University’s Columbia Conference on Architecture, Engineering, and Materials. Also, Shajay Bhooshan, associate director of Zaha Hadid Architects; Alejandra Guerrero, deputy director of UCLA’s CityLab and Department of Architecture. Furthermore, Brett Hagler, CEO of New Story; Mariana Ibanez, chair and associate professor of UCLA Architecture and Urban Design. Lastly, Bjarke Ingels, founder and creative director of the initiative.


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