Tri-nationale ideeënprijsvraag 'Projective Habitat'

Tri-National BDA Architectural Ideas Competition.



Association of German Architects BDA Aachen together with the Chair of Housing of the RWTH Aachen University, the Association of Dutch Architects BNA Zuid and in cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences Aachen, the Technical University Eindhoven, the University of Liège and the University of Hasselt.
Occasion and purpose of this ideas competition
In 2020 Aachen's neighboring region on the Dutch side of the border will host an International
Building Exhibition, the so called "iba parkstad" ( Next to the urbanized
region of Parkstad Limburg – a partnership of 8 municipalities in the Euregio Meuse-Rhine of the
Dutch province of Limburg – also the neighboring "Städteregion Aachen" will be included. Central
theme of the iba concept is the sustainable social and structural change of this former mining
The promoters like to use this opportunity to organize an ideas competition that aims at the development of concepts for innovative ways of dwelling in the urbanized regions and cities of the future. And as such to open a discussion about future lifestyles, it's corresponding forms of dwelling and the social and technological innovations that might stimulate such developments. A discussion that should also initiate a process leading towards a more innovative housing policy and housing development and as such open up more possibilities for experimentation and alternative lifestyles.
As a contribution to the iba parkstad 2020 exhibition at least 1 prototype should be realized as an exhibit on scale 1:1, which will then be evaluated and optimized as a "living lab". As such this prototype should become part of the long standing tradition of "Experimental Housing Units", like for instance Le Corbusier's "Pavillon de l'Esprit Nouveau" of 1925 or Alison and Peter Smithson's "House of he Future" of 1956.

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