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Canberra housing design contest opens

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The Australian Institute of Architects has launched an ideas competition for new housing in Canberra, featuring a £5,400 top prize

Open to students, graduates and professionals – the contest seeks viable concepts for innovative, affordable and compact dwellings in the city, which is dominated by suburban-styled housing.

According to the competition brief: ‘This competition is opportunity for architects to now demonstrate how Canberra can continue develop as a very notable city, that is sustainable and innovative.’

Proposals are expected to go beyond what is currently possible under Canberra’s planning regulations and respond to more contemporary lifestyles.

Schemes should represent ‘best practice at a national level’, be suitable for both infill and greenfield sites, promote the value of architecture and demonstrate the benefits of compact housing.

Submissions should include proposals for single, couple and family-sized homes. No buildings should be taller than 12.5 metres.

The competition jury includes architect Hoa Luu and David Sutherland of Fender Katsaldis Architects.

The first prize winner – set to be announced 17 November – will receive around £5,400 to pay for a research trip investigating alternative housing typologies.

The second place team will receive around £2,700 to fund its own research trip and two prizes worth £540 each will be available for the third and fourth place entries.

The deadline for registration is 30 September.

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