Register: APR/19/2019, Submit: JUN/06/2019, Eligibility: Architects, designers, enthusiasts, companies, students; individually, teams up to 4 members, Fee: Architects, designers, enthusiasts, companies 90 USD, students 70 USD (OCT/30 – DEC/11/2018); architects, designers, enthusiasts, companies 120 USD, students 100 USD (DEC/12/2018 – FEB/15/2019); architects, designers, enthusiasts, companies 140 USD, students 120 USD (FEB/16 – APR/19/2019), discount for 3+ registrations from one university/school, Awards: 1st Prize 3,000 USD, 2nd Prize 1,500 USD, 3rd Prize 500 USD, BB Student Award 500 USD, BB Green Award 500 USD, 6 Honorable Mentions
Rome, Italy, is one of the least affordable cities in the world due to a number of reasons. The lingering influence of corruption, mixed with a market flooded with so-called “micro-apartments” – tiny properties with just 10, 7 or even 4 square metres of floor space – has created quite the predicament for those looking to live in Rome on a budget. For the Rome Collective Living Challenge, participants are tasked with designing a concept for affordable housing in Rome that fits the ideals of a co-living lifestyle. This competition is a chance for architecture enthusiasts to conceive an entirely new way of living, one that experiments with the concept of low-income housing as a collective. Rather than rolling out hundreds of new tiny apartments in Rome’s city centre, collective living could offer something more than just an affordable place to live; a community to live in within the hustle and bustle of Italy’s capital.
As major cities are becoming less affordable, they are also becoming more lonely, with individuals feeling more isolated and separated from each other than ever. The concept of collective living has existed for hundreds of years, and is only just beginning to re-emerge in western societies. Communities are created through intentional architecture which creates shared spaces in which residents interact in numerous different ways, from sharing meals and socialising to sharing the burden of child care.
CO-LIVING IN THE 21ST CENTURY
The number of people that live alone has skyrocketed since the 1950s, yet reported happiness has not increased. In a world where we are more connected than ever, people are feeling more alone than ever.
Co-living is a new concept of housing that draws on the values of community that were commonplace before the mass migration to city-living.
One of the biggest misconceptions about co-living is the quality of the housing and the type of community you would be joining. Images of hippie communes and student dorms instantly spring to mind, but high-end quality co-living developments have been operating successfully in some of the biggest cities in the world for years. These properties include Stage 3 in New York City, The Collective in London, and the development of Campus – a movement/real estate startup with 30 houses, buildings (or portions of buildings) – in the Bay Area and New York City.
Predominantly popular with young professionals with tighter budgets, co-living is a chance for all ages and backgrounds to feel more connected to their communities. Co-living developers “Roam” have suggested that an ideal together/alone split is approximately 60/40, with 60% of your time spent engaged with others leaving you upbeat and inspired, both professionally and personally. This could be found in co-working spaces – particularly important given so many people have the option to work remotely – as well as communal kitchens, pool and recreation areas, and even group activities and classes.
Co-living facilitates these types of spontaneous gatherings, eliminating travel times or logistical barriers to meeting and connecting with your community.
Designs should be minimal in their requirements of land and materials so that they could potentially be rolled out across Rome to increase housing stock capacity.
No minimum size or amount of residential units per block has been set.
Proposals should be flexible enough to adapt to different locations, sizes, and inhabitant capacity requirements.
There are no pre-selected competition sites and so participants are free to choose any appropriate theoretical site in Rome. A key factor that participants must keep in mind for the Rome Collective Living Challenge is that this is not a simple housing solution – rather it is a new concept in community living, and would need to be developed following the co-living principles.