Emergency Housing Mexico

2019-03-06 ~ 2019-07-03
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Architecture design

Competition introduction

Type: Architecture Design

Organizer: Archstorming

Partner:Young Bird Plan

Eligibility: Unlimited

Location: Mexico

Submission deadline: July 3rd, 2018


「About Competition

The social catastrophe of Latin America has its epicenter in the popular settlements. It is in Latin America, the most urbanized and unequal region in the world, where 104 million people live in popular settlements. Here, 1 of every 4 inhabitants of urban areas, lives in a slum, villa, favela or camp, in a situation of poverty. These populations must subsist by their own means, with the constant violation of their rights. A settlement is a set of a minimum of 8 families grouped or contiguous, where more than half of the population does not have title to land, nor regular access to at least two of the basic services: running water, electric power and / or excreta disposal system through the regular sewerage network. The emergence of irregular settlements has several causes, one of the main ones is the little time that local and regional governments devote to territorial ordering. They generally do not have valid housing solutions to offer to low-income populations and to migrants who continuously arrive from rural areas to enlarge the peri-urban cords. These areas are characterized by having a very rapid level of development, unstructured and unplanned. Only in Mexico City, there are more than 859 human settlements that represent 40 thousand dwellings located in an irregular manner. There are 241,853 inhabitants who occupy 2,700 hectares in the capital of the country and who need urgent help.

Archstorming is calling for proposals to redesign the current emergency house model of TECHO. The winning proposal will be used as a new model and it will be built all across the country for those who need it. The main goals of this competition are:

  • Reduce build times and the logistical difficulties that the current model present.
  • Decrease the assembly complexity from the manufacturing process.
  • Increase the lifespan of foundations and structures as well as improve the almost nonexistent thermal insulation.
  • Facilitate the future growth of the house unit (modular).
  • Increase the flexibility to locate the house’s doors and windows.
  • Possibility to add extra modules to the house (bathroom, kitchen or others)
  • Use sustainable and easy to get materials.
  • Have a more liveable space as a house.


「About Archstorming」

Archstorming was founded on February 2017 by two young architects and a lawyer. After two years of inpas between their studies and the company creation, they have been working and travelling in many different countries around the world. That’s why they finally decided to launch this project, because they believe in the opportunity of making the world a better place. The aim of the company is not only to expose architectural ideas and get solutions to many urbanistic problems but also to respond social demands and try to make a better world. The objective is to expose a minimum of three and a maximum of five architecture competitions per year, so that the interested people have the opportunity to show their ideas on a very visual and syntactic way, being as much resolutive, innovative and respectful with the matter as they can.


「About Young Bird Plan

In 2013, Young Bird Plan, founded by Isa Ye, is an international platform for high-quality design competitions. With three key elements: construction, mentor’s guidance and interdisciplinary jury, the platform makes every effort to create opportunities for young designers in China. It is fast becoming a leading voice in global design fields like architecture design, landscaping design, interior design, product design, logo design and fashion design. Young Bird Plan has attracted 879 colleges and universities and 3,388 design institutes in 217 cities of 54 countries.

Since establishment, the platform is committed to providing young designers with more practical opportunities with the concept of “Competition makes a different world”. On the other hand, it constantly connects and meets various demands from political, business, and academic circles and actively fills supply and demand gaps among designers, manufacturers, developers, urban operators and users. As a result, design competition projects and related products focusing on urban space and daily life will be further promoted and perfectly made, which contributes to the urbanization in China. It is one of the most influential design competition platforms in the world.


When competition reaches 500 participating teams, registration will be immediately closed and prizes will be 20.000€, broken down as follows:


✰ 2nd PRIZE: 5.000€

✰ 3rd PRIZE: 3.000€

✰ 4th PRIZE: 1.500€

✰ 5th PRIZE: 500€


Prizes will depend on how many teams have registered successfully after registration deadline. If, after that date, teams don’t reach 500, prizes will be:

001-100 registered teams: 1| 2.000€ 2| 1.000€ 3| 500€

101-201 registered teams: 1| 3.000€ 2| 1.500€ 3| 500€

201-300 registered teams: 1| 4.000€ 2| 2.500€ 3| 1.000€

301-350 registered teams: 1| 5.000€ 2| 3.500€ 3| 1.500€

351-400 registered teams: 1| 6.000€ 2| 3.500€ 3| 1.500€ 4| 1.000€ 5| 500€

401-450 registered teams: 1| 8.000€ 2| 4.000 3| 1.500€ 4| 1.000€ 5| 500€

451-475 registered teams: 1| 9.000€ 2| 4.500 3| 2.000€ 4| 1.500€ 5| 500€

476-500 registered teams: 1| 10.000€ 2| 5.000 3| 3.000€ 4| 1.500€ 5| 500€

*Depending on the country of residence of the winners, the prize may be subject to the withholding or payment of taxes foreseen in the law of that country.