Shelter International Architectural Design Competition for Students 2018 - ARCHITECTURE STUDENT COMPETITION

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Shelter International Architectural Design Competition for Students 2018

CALL FOR ENTRIES - The Shelter Corporation is hosting their International Architectural Design Competition 2018 for students and invites submissions from all around the world.


International Architectural Design Competition 2018 for students hosted by Shelter Corporation has been recently announced and invites submissions from all around the world.

This competition is themed: What is “Home-for-All?”.

"After the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, the “Home-for-All” project consisted of 16 homes built across towns in Sanriku. After the Kumamoto earthquake that occurred in 2016, a total of 93 “Home-for-All” were built within the region’s temporary housing site.

The “Home-for-All” had initially intended to be a small gathering place for the victims of the disaster and their children, to provide a place of comfort where the disaster-stricken people who have lost their homes can talk, eat and live closely with one another.

As we continued to develop the “Home-for-All” project however, we began to contemplate how it harbored a more profound and significant meaning. That is, it does not simply support people affected by the disaster, but also posts a question to architects themselves: what does sociality mean for architects? For whom is the architecture meant to be? Most architects would respond to this question with the answer, “for society.” How could we determine then, that this perception of “society” is not based on the self-righteousness or satisfaction of the architect? Aren’t architects simply looking upon society in an abstract way, detaching themselves from reality with a third-person’s point of view? I believe that it is necessary for architects to observe the actual society from within, make proposals that relate to the same perspective as the people who live there.

The “Home-for-All” is a project that is built upon the premise of “thinking together and creating together” with the community. It is an architectural manner that goes further than simply supporting the people affected by the disaster to question the most fundamental meaning of the future of public architecture. I would like students to present proposals that build from and go beyond the concept of “Home-for-All” from a perspective that takes into consideration of people living in our society today."

Toyo Ito

Submission requirements:

1 x A2 sized sheet of paper (594mm×420mm), portrait or landscape. (Please do not mount on rigid panel.)
Explanatory texts should be included on the sheet, and can be in Japanese or in English. The types of illustrations and the scale of drawings are to be decided by the entrants. Submitted work must be original, and must not have been published previously.

Organiser require all submissions to be in physical form, and sent by mail or courier. It is not accepted digital submissions sent by email. Submissions can be sent rolled, but must not be folded.

  The Shelter Corporation hosts its student competition with the intention that it will be recognized as the most important architectural competition of its type in the world, and a gateway for young architects students to become World-Class Architects. A number of works will be selected at the Initial Jury, which will be held on 27 October 2018, and the results of this jury will be announced on this website. The final jury will be held on 8 December 2018 (Saturday) at the Kenchikukaikan hall in Tokyo.
The Jury will decide the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes at the open-jury. The works will be published on The Shelter Corporation's website and in architectural magazines.

If selected at the initial jury, the applicant must be available to participate in an open presentation (the final jury) to be held in Tokyo on 8 December 2018 (Saturday). Transportation and accommodation costs for participation in the final jury will be paid for 1 person per entry.

There is no entry fees to partcipate in this competition!

It's free to enter!

Who can enter?

International Entries are welcome! Applicants must be under-graduate or post-graduate students at universities or at tertiary institutions (on 8 December 2018 ). Tertiary institutions include: junior colleges, colleges of technology, and other relevant vocational schools


The following prizes will be awarded:

1st Prize (1Award): ¥1,000,000 and Certificate of Merit
2nd Prize (1Award): ¥500,000 and Certificate of Merit
3rd Prize (3Award): ¥100,000 and Certificate of Merit
Commendations (2Award): Certificates of Merit and prize gift

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