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Judging begins for state housing design competitio

10 August 2005

Judging begins for state housing design competition

Housing New Zealanders100 Years On – a state housing design competition has closed, and has about 100 entries.

The competition invited designs that respond to New Zealand’s changing housing needs, greater cultural diversity, new building practices, materials and technologies.

Housing New Zealand intends to invite the winning designers to further develop their concepts, as part of Housing New Zealand’s future rental housing portfolio.

The competition has prizes totalling $30,000. It includes Urban Design ($12,500), Housing Design ($12,500) and recognition for an Emerging Designer ($5,000). A Premier trophy will be awarded to an overall winner chosen from the three categories.

All entries will be assessed by a panel of local and international judges with architectural and design expertise.

Judges will consider a number of criteria including:



affordability and sustainability of the house design, as well as flexibility in that the house design can accommodate a variety of user needs, activities and cultural patterns

They will also consider aspects of good urban design such as how the site connects to the wider urban environment in terms of landscape, social character and climatic conditions, and connections with the site through improved access to public services and facilities.

Winners will be announced on 18 August at the Urbanism Down Under Conference in Wellington. Entries will be on display at the conference between 18-20 August.


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