As more folks flock to urban living in quest of enhanced lives and professions, there’s a paradigm shift within the way we live, work, and play. Today, quite half the world’s population lives in cities. The century has witnessed a dramatic transformation from rural to urban to experience the expansion dynamism of the world’s metropolises. However, this ‘growth’ is chewing the space and adding a ‘weight’ to the functioning of the cities. The housing stock isn’t growing as fast as their migration and hence there’s a resurgence of co-living.

Co-living is becoming a housing model that permits anyone from millennials, young professionals, single women, digital nomads, or individuals relocating to border their lifestyles with people sharing a standard thread. it’s the intentional community participating in an increasingly shared economy and therefore the affordability of a convenient housing solution. Co-living is additionally touted together of the solutions to the environmental problems, a step towards the phase of the transformation. Today, the expanse of human construction has withdrawn people from the communal living within the urban areas. Humans are integrally social and co-living is that the novel social connector. The core characteristic of co-living is re-connecting the colourful communities with people and nature. it’s built on the notion of openness and collaboration to cohabit.

California is that the global hub and convergence point of an outsized number of entrepreneurs, technocrats and artistic minds. The larger area is home to thousands of massive and little companies that are harbingers of innovation. There are many people that are rotating this giant growth turbine. With growing urbanization, immigration and demographics, there’s a shortage of affordable houses in California. Archasm invites architecture students and professionals to style an aspirational self-sufficient ‘Co-living Housing in California’ that facilitates and enhances the experience of community living. The aim of the competition is to integrate the concept of co-living within a housing block to feature the social and community factor that’s lacking in these concrete blocks. The participants should strive to implement the thought of co-living on a housing scale where the amount of tenements are often economic viable and also become a dynamic and interactive prototype for the planet . the thought is to vary the perception and stereotype round the existing cold, rigid housing block and make a superfluous, extrovert and harmonious solution to the present long pending conundrum.


Winning participants will receive prizes totaling INR 2,00,000 with the distribution as follows:
•First prize- INR 1,00,000/- + Certificate
•Second prize- INR 60,000/- + Certificate
•Third prize- INR 40,000/- + Certificate
•10 Honorable mentions
Winners and honorable mentions will be published on our website and other international architecture magazines and websites partnered by us.

The competition is open to everyone in the world (architects, students, engineers etc.). You can participate individually or in a team. A team can have a maximum of three members only.
Standard registration: – 10th February 2021 – 10th April 2021
• International Participants: 60 EUR + Taxes (per team)
• Indian Participants: 1800 INR + Taxes (per team)
Late registration: – 11th April 2021 – 9th May 2021
• International Participants: 80 EUR + Taxes (per team)
• Indian Participants: 2100 INR + Taxes (per team)
Submission deadline: 10th May 2021
Result: 5th- 8th June 2021

15% discount for 5 teams and above.


Download the information related to this competition here.

  • Title

    Open Call: Co-Living California: A Community Housing Experiment
  • Type

    Competition Announcement (Ideas)
  • Organizers

  • Registration Deadline

    May 09, 2021 11:30 PM
  • Submission Deadline

    May 10, 2021 11:30 PM
  • Venue

    Cupertino, California
  • Price

    For International participants: 60 EUR PER TEAM; For Indian participants: 1800 INR PER TEAM

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