architecture does not offer the responses to current environmental issues that might be expected from it. instead, the enormous influence of its historical legacy shapes thinking around today's design solutions, limiting innovation.
in fact, contemporary buildings might be artificial natures. we believe that housing - where human inhabitation takes place - should take its cues from the trees: it should be tied harmoniously to the surrounding environment, taking only the indispensable resources [energy, water, etc.] and generating recyclable waste that follows natural cycles.
the main goal of this competition is the development of self-sufficient dwellings in which technological elements are essential components of a new architectural concept and not only a reflection of an attachment to conventional ideas about houses.
the building location is open to the designer's choice, so the project can be proposed to accommodate local conditions in any region of the world.
there are two categories:
1. self-sufficient collective housing
2. self-sufficient single housing
the prize [total value: ? 26.500,00] will be distributed at the discretion of the juries following the bases scheme.
the competition results and further investigation will be published by actar