InstantHouse Temporary Housing - a competition of ideas

4th edition of the competition organised by FederLegno Arredo, the Politecnico di Milano and MADEexpo

by Malcolm Clark
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The competition is open to all students and young professionals in the field of architecture, engineering, industrial design, and urban planning worldwide. Designers are invited to consider the environmental, social and economic opportunities of temporary housing, specifically addressing the researchers and visiting professors to the Politecnico di Milano within the university’s Sustainable Campus project.

The competition explores potential innovative solutions derived from using new technologies in sustainable design. InstantHouse aims to combine temporality and mobility with both social interaction and ecological values, resulting in powerful new possibilities for temporary housing.

The key points are:

- People, active participation of the campus users (students, lecturers and personnel);

- Energy, energy saving and widespread use of renewable sources;

- Environment, improvement of environmental quality (air, water, land);

- Accessibility, usability and services and promoting sustainable movement (bicycles, electric cars and car sharing);

Entries will be judged by a panel made up of members of the Regional Council of Lombardy, as well as from the Politecnico di Milano, Federlegno Arredo, MADEexpo, Triennale di Milano and Expo 2015.

InstantHouse winning projects will be featured as part of an exhibition hosted by the MADEexpo Milan fair 2012, an event which attracts over 250,000 visitors. The winning project will also receive a prize of €1,500, while the projects judged second and third will receive €1,000 and €750.00 respectively. The Judges also reserve the right to award honourable mentions to any projects deemed to be particularly merit-worthy.

The deadline for final project submission is July 2nd 2012, but application forms must be submitted by June 4th 2012.

If you have any doubts you can send questions until May 15th 2012

Further information an application forms are available from the competition website