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Housing Tomorrow - Winners

The winners of the 2012 Housing Tomorrow competition were just announced. This annual competition urges the exploration of contextual, cultural, and life cycle flows that offer new housing strategies for living in the future.

The competition is sponsored by the New York based d3, the competition invites architects, designers, engineers and students to collectively explore innovative approaches to residential urbanism, architecture, interiors, and designed objects.

d3 Housing Tomorrow recognizes innovative strategies that challenge conventional housing typologies with emerging planning strategies, advanced technologies, and alternative materials. Competition submissions for 2012 reflect forces of globalization and adaptation, as well as the changing nature of visualization in academia and professional design practice.

The 2012 jury was composed of leaders of the academic and professional architecture and design community including: Jonus Ademovic, Principal of Archipelagos; Illya Azaroff, principal of plusLAB, Assistant Professor/CUNY, Adjunct Faculty School of Visual Arts; Sandra McKee, principal of Yoshihara McKee, Adjunct Assistant Professor/Columbia University & Fordham University; Marc Manack, principal of siloARD and Lecturer/Ohio State University; Ji Young Kim; member of J-SEArC/Columbia University; and Jorg Sieweke, Assistant Professor/University of Virginia. The competition was co-directed by Laura Garofalo, Assistant Profesor/SUNY Buffalo and winner of previous d3 Housing Tomorrow/d3 Natural Systems competitions; and Gregory Marinic, Director of Interior Architecture and Assistant Professor/University of Houston. The jury selected three winners and twelve honorable mentions.

First Place: Woolopolis
Hannes Frykholm and Henry Stephens (Sweden/New Zealand)



First Prize was awarded to Hannes Frykholm and Henry Stephens, a team from Sweden and New Zealand, for their project ‘Woolopolis’. The project rethinks various aspects of New Zealan’s wool economy and combines processing facilities, lofted housing units, and a market functioning as the communal center of a networked live-work community.

Second Place: Honeycombed Transformation
Chih-Wei Hsu (Taiwan)



Second Prize was awarded to Chih-Wei Hsu from Taiwan for ‘Honeycombed Transformation’. The project addresses integrated housing communities that lessen the carbon footprint by establishing a high-density living environment minimizing impact on surrounding natural territories.

Third Plcae: Invertec House
Danielle Apap, Lishi Li, Miguel Silva Santisteban (Australia)



Third Prize was award to Danielle Apap, Lishi Li, and Miguel Silva Santisteban, a team from Australia, for their project ‘Invertec House’. The project reconsiders privacy thresholds, providing opportunities for the house to mediate between public and communal realms.

Twelve Special Mentions were selected in various typology-specific categories including:
  • Sustainable New York Award: ‘Hobo Corp.’, Jodi McLeod, Natasha Gershfield, William Allen, Rongxiao Han (UK/China);
  • High-Density Housing: ‘Noah Tower’, Pei Ru Li, Kaining Peng, Chen Liang (China);
  • Medium-Density Housing: ‘Mountain Band-Aid’, Yiting Shen, Nanjue Wang, Ji Xia, Zihan Wang (China);
  • Low-Density Housing: ‘Urban Green House’, Rebecca Ryan Wall (USA);
  • Suburban Intervention: ‘High-Density Tucson’, Mohammad Askarzadeh, Parisa Mansourian (Iran);
  • Master Planning: ‘unBuffer Zone’, Natalia Christodoulou, Miranda Savva, Fatmagul Oge, Lei Bao (Cyprus/China);
  • Adaptive Reuse: ‘Boom Blox’ Andrea Giordano, Alim Saleh, Kieran Bruce, William Garforth-Bles, Danae Razou (UK);
  • Interior Architecture: ‘Factory Reconstruction’ Qi Zhang, Shuo Li, Zihe Deng (China);
  • Single-Family/Modular: ‘Furtive Hut’, Gonzalo del Val (Spain);
  • Alternative Typology: ‘Symbiotic City’, J.Y. Chan, S.L. Chau, H.W. Cheung, M.T. Chow (Hong Kong);
  • Director’s Choice: ‘Metabolic Renewal’, Majid Behboudi, Arash Nourkeyhani, Mark Ross, Paul Harrison (Canada);
  • Director’s Choice: Moving Dove Wu Hao, Shen Shuangzhi, Zhu Xiaozhi (China).
A publication of winning projects and selected competition submissions will be published by d3 in Spring 2012.


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