About the competition
The referred competition, judged by a jury, will be international, anonymous and open character; it will be single-staged and governed by the dispositions hereby established in the following rules.
Contestants are committed to acceptance and compliance of each and every part of the governing dispositions (technical and procedural) established in these rules, from the moment they formalize their participation.
With a continuing interest in the exploration of socially important and relevant issues, encouraging the creation of spaces for dialog and the participation of architects resolving concerns through proposed projects; Arquine summons participants to its 15th
International Architecture Contest to Re-inhabit the 21st
century. Social Housing from the Modern Paradigm.
For this edition of the competition, Arquine joins forces with CANADEVI (National Chamber for the Development industry and promotion of Housing), with the aim of expanding its reach and assuring the participation of the main social contributors faced with the proposed subject matter, Housing in the 21st
Due to the noticeable lack of housing and its ongoing importance, Arquine plans to set the stage for its discussion though an international invitation open to the proposition of typologies for 21st
century housing, based on criteria of re-densification, sustainability, flexibility and cohesion to the city. These proposals must offer solutions to uncontrolled urban expansion, as seen under the analysis of modern housing models.
Re-inhabiting spaces in the 21st
Century implies creating the necessary conditions of security, comfort and protection for social life to take place, through conditioning urban spaces and cities starting with the prime unit: housing. Housing is a subject of hierarchical importance for society, and according to the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI, for its Spanish acronym) Mexico will need 20 million new houses in the next years.
On this instance we look to propose the same premises that gave birth to projects like the Presidente Aleman Urban Center (CUPA for its Spanish initials) 65 years ago. This project came about as the first densification project in Mexico, and is regarded to this day as a proposal in which the square footage of construction is minimal, thus designating a large percentage of square feet to activities other than housing, that offer quality services for a better life in a dense city.
In the same site occupied by the CUPA and based on the same program, appear the same questions. On what does the housing problematic consist? What characteristics does Mexico City offer? Which is the most adequate urban criteria? How can we finance these projects? Which rules and laws should regulate this problem?
In the 50’s Mario Pani stated that the housing problem is of an urban nature. It is necessary for all of the elements that allow to complete planning. Social, economic, politic and special issues must all be addressed in order to offer not only a space for living but also somewhere that is accessible, economically attainable and that acts within the social, special and political boundaries that constitute the city.
This is why we seek to develop new typologies for 21st
Century housing, using as an starting point the revision of the modern housing models, in order to obtain proposals that reinstate the residential project as part of a larger urban approach, based on the modern reference given by housing units today and furthering the achievements obtained over half a century ago in regards to densification, city cohesion, mixed uses and typological diversity.
About the project
The competition seeks the development of a ‘housing formula’, which contemplates the minimal space requirements for modern living, and the consideration of equipment and services required to create integral, efficient and sustainable communities.
- Minimal housing - 40 m2
- 1000 units
- Typological diversity is not limited, but the established minimal square meter must be observed, taking into account the possibility of 20 m2 additions (40 + 20…. + 20)
- Increase urban density
- Permeability and flexibility
- Communal equipment/services
About the contestants
The invitation is open to architects and architecture students all over the world. Teams, collectives and individual participants are welcome. The groups may incorporate professionals or students from other disciplines so long as the team leader or representative is an architect or architecture student.
No registry of confirmation from the participant’s college is necessary.
Each team of individual contestant will be allowed only one entry.
Under no circumstance is a member from one team allowed to participate with different team.
Participation is not permitted to:
- Members of the Jury, Arquine or the administrative staff at CANADEVI.
- Next to any kind of Jury members, spouses or any person maintaining a stable friendly, familiar or professional relationship with members of the Jury.
Stages of the competition
1.Inscription and registration
In order to be officially registered a fee will have to be paid by each team or individual contestant. The amount to be paid will vary depending on the date of registration.
First registration period:
to December 16th
Second registration period:
, 2012 to February 15th 2013
No other fees will be charged as all methods of participation and exchange of proposals material will be done online.
2.Methods of payment
Credit card or Debit card payment through PayPal, Mercado Pago or any other online payment system is accepted, with Visa or MasterCard. Following all steps in the transaction, and once payment has been confirmed; you will receive a registration key with your username and password, so as to have access to the system.
Wire or bank transfer information:
Bank: BBVA Bancomer
CLABE: 012180 001443769433 (within Mexico)
Swift: BCMRMXMMPYM (outside Mexico)
Deposit (only within Mexico): Referenced Deposits can be made in any bank branch within the country for the correct amount, depending on the registration period, with the following information:
Bank: BBVA Bancomer
Once payment is fulfilled, the contestant must send an email with a copy of the receipt. The email must also contain all of the contestant’s information. A response will be sent out to each contestant that has sent in his/her information with a registration key that can be used to create a username and password, therefore be granted access to the system.
Each fee is considered one entry. Every payment will, refer to a single entry; therefore the same person cannot participate more than once. Each contestant may only submit one proposal.
3.Confirmation of participants
With the confirmation, each contestant will receive the username and password that will grant you access to the system, via email. Once in the system, is necessary to edit and fill out the information of each team, and download the information in order to develop the project proposal.
Remember that if you submitted your entry fee through a deposit, or wire transfer you will be required to send an e-mail, with a copy of the receipt, to email@example.com
in order to get back your confirmation and the information necessary to access the system.
Once payment has been confirmed, each participant will be emailed the information before mentioned within the course of 72 hours. The email address with each completed registration must belong to the representative team. This will be the spokesperson responsible for the whole team throughout the duration of the competition.
4.Information and inquiries
The questions and answers period has duration of 30 calendar days. Contestants may submit written questions and doubts to firstname.lastname@example.org
. The email account used for registration must be used for this purpose, as emails from a different account will not be answered. All doubts and questions shall be answered within a 7 calendar days period. A complete and anonymous FAQ section will be made available to all participants.
The complete list of FAQ as well as these stipulations and rules shall also be given to the jurors. Any consideration and decision derived from the answers given to the questions submitted will instantly become part of the rules and regulations of the competition and all parts are bound to abide by them.
The complete FAQ list will be posted on Arquine’s website on the stipulated date in the calendar.
All projects will be identified by a code that the system will generate at the moment of registration. This code must be visible on the upper right corner of your project board (digital) and the file sent in will only be named with said code. All projects handed late or that do not meet the anonymity requirements will be automatically excluded from the competition.
Digital image (digital board) of the entirety of your project. This Board must contain all the necessary information to explain and understand the proposal.
It is essential that the image submitted at least contain the following:
- General plans and layouts of the project, including floor plans and sections, scaled adequately to ensure reading and comprehension of the plans.
- Diagrams, views, sketches, renderings, or any other form of visual representation that will help explain the project.
- A 250 word-long (max) descriptive text. Any text or description can only be delivered in either Spanish or English.
The image or board must comply with the following format: rectangular in shape, 60cm high by 90cm long (i.e. horizontal display), 100 dpi, and only .JPG will be accepted. The file must be no larger than 5MB in order to facilitate uploads and downloads. Remember that the file name must be the same as the user code you will be given upon registration. No other format or delivery style will be accepted. Only projects that have been uploaded into the system before the deadline is due will be subject to evaluation by the Jury.
About the Jury
The key to any good contest lies with the Jury. Their experience and the method of evaluation to be used guarantee the contest’s transparency and quality. Plurality is an important part of the jury pool and something we look for. The members of the jury will be announced in November.
A document with the Jury’s decision will be drawn out, explaining the reasoning behind the selection of the wining projects. Here each Jury member will also provide a brief explanation for why they voted as they did.
To this effect the Jury will publicly state the motives behind their decision and selection of the wining proposal, and why they feel this particular project stands out from those in 2nd
place, and thus deserves the recognition. The Jury will also have to explain the reasons for any honorable mentions they think are deserved.
All of the before mentioned will form part of the final document that will be posted on the contest’s webpage on the day of the award ceremony.
1.Functions of the Jury
Review of all documentation and final admission for every entry to the contest.
The Jury has the power to exclude any project for the following reasons:
-Project handed in past the deadline, or failing to meet the requirements established in these rules.
-Insufficient information for the adequate analysis and review of project.
-Braking anonymity, either by revealing the identity of the author in any way or by presenting graphic elements that relate or identify with the project’s author.
-Proof of an attempt to contact or coerce any member of the Jury in any way.
2.Procedure for judgment
The Jury will be granted a period of three week to review and analyze all of the entries received. Each member of the Jury will be given access to the system where they can evaluate every proposal, grading each on a scale of 1 to 3.
Following this three-week period, the Jury will come together in a plenary session to further analyze and discus each project. The proposals selected during this meeting, along with those that received the highest points during the digital review will be projected on a screen and printed, respectively. The discussion and analysis that follow will determine the final decision.
Before any consideration is made on the proposals, each project will have to be granted a final approval for participation.
The Jury will have to agree on an appropriate selection procedure, according to the amount and quality of the participating projects. Should there be a draw between two projects; further discussion shall take place until a new decision is reached.
The results of the contest will be published on Arquine’s website, as well as being declared within the setting of the Arquine’s Conference No. 14.
All documents derived from the procedure followed to reach a verdict are the property of Arquine. The Jury is hereby bound to decide on a winner and under no circumstance can they declare the prizes unassigned.
All of the graphical documents received for every one of the winning projects as well as the honorable mentions, and the names of all contestants that have not expressly requested to remain anonymous, will be posted online.
About the Prizes
The prizes will be the following:
Prize: $100,000.- MNX and a collection of Arquine Books. We also guarantee the construction of a scaled model of the wining project to be a part of the traveling exposition.
Prize: $60,000.- MNX and a collection of Arquine Books.
Prize: $30,000.- MNX and a collection of Arquine Books.
-Honorable mentions: The Jury is allowed to give out four mentions to four projects that they feel deserve this recognition.
About the Trveling Exhibition
Once the competition has ended, those projects that stood out the most will be shown in a public exposition that will travel the country. This exposition will showcase the projects along with the identity of the authors. The place and date for the beginning of the exposition will be posted online 30 days after the results are published.
Thus it hereby remains expressly established that the organizers of the contest have the right to reproduce each project and proposal, for their showcasing and publishing. The contestants may choose to not have their projects showcased or published should they not be selected as winners or honorable mentions, but this will have to be expressly requested.
About the Publication of the Projetcs
Arquine will publish the results of the competition. The winning projects will be showcased along with those projects that the Jury feels deserve recognition. Texts by the Jury, expanding on the subject at hand and as well as on all the research done, will complement the publication of the projects.
This book represents an excellent opportunity to establish the relationship between the contests trajectory through time with the relevance of the theme in both a national and international level. The publication will be available both in Spanish and English.
Distribution of the book will be done through Editorial Arquine’s usual channels, and will be sent to national press publications and specialized international publications to be reviewed.
Rights and Intellectual Property
The contestants maintain the Intellectual property of the presented work, conceding all exhibition, publishing and reproduction rights and any other right corresponding to the objective of the contest to Arquine, who is hereby bound to make known the authors of each project in every publication exposition or event in which the work is showcased. By their part the contestants are hereby bound to mention and reference the organizing parties of the contest in any later publication where the work might appear. Architects, Engineers or any Technician or builder other than the original authors for the development of any other project cannot utilize the projects showcased. Given the case, any contestant that wishes to remain in anonymity shall remain so through expressed request.