Register: DEC/15/2018, Submit: JAN/31/2019, Eligibility: Architects, designers, students, those invested in urban development; participants must include a licensed architect (the winner must include an architect licensed in Illinois), Fee: Free, Awards: 5 participants: 10,000 USD each (stipends for phase 3); Winner: additionally 20,000 USD
Disruptive Design is a three-part design competition that seeks to address the challenges associated with designing and building affordable, owner-occupied housing. Architects, designers, students, and those invested in urban development are invited to submit their speculative ideas for an owner-occupied single-family home incorporating a flexible architectural solution that encourages wealth-building through homeownership and entrepreneurship. The competition will conclude with an occupant/buyer-ready prototype of the winning design. Submitters will be asked to design for two distinct Chicago neighborhoods: Bronzeville and West Humboldt Park. Cities across the country are observing a rapid decline in affordable homeownership options for first-time buyers and working families – defined here as buyers earning around 100% AMI.