Naturapolis : housing the future

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International ideas competition 2015 Edition


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Purpose of competition

The purpose of the competition is to encourage students, particularly future architects and landscape architects, to join forces and bring together their respective expertise, professional cultures and orientations, with a common objective: to imagine a “green” housing project for the future. They must simultaneously design the housing and its environment, being careful to take account of all the transitions between the private areas inside and the public areas outside.
This ideas competition is designed to encourage reflections on our habitat for the XXIInd century in urbanised areas, and on the consequential current and future issues, regarding urban, social, climatic, ecological, economic, technical and aesthetic considerations.

The candidate teams' projects should endeavour to:

  • reconcile the need for urban development with better management of natural resources,
  • improve or maintain the quality of life in the city, taking into account changing lifestyles and global warming,
  • introduce long-term landscaping or “greening” of the built environment taking into account the expectations (in terms of biodiversity, social and even agricultural usages) and the constraints imposed by buildings and nearby environments, with rare resources such as water.

Thought may be given to creating a strong connection between architecture and landscape by using natural elements (plants, water, earth, air, the fauna, etc.) and by considering their place in the city, not only in ecological terms (biodiversity, maintaining of temperatures and humidity rates, water purification and regulation, etc.), but also in economic and social terms (the health, symbolic, cultural, food production, sensory values of these elements).


This project requires working on an existing neighbourhood 1 , that includes areas with a potential for development (wastelands, empty lots, spaces resulting from low density housing, etc.), and housing or groups of housing within that neighbourhood.
The candidates have to choose a site for their proposals. However, it must meet certain criteria:

  • It must be located in an urban or peri-urban environment that is already built (urban renewal situation);
  • It must be residential or mainly residential.

Ex nihilo projects will not be accepted.

1 - No limitations are imposed as regards surface area. However, the notion of the "neighbourhood" will be understood as a portion of the city with its own physiognomy, a certain unity of functioning and which can be covered on foot.

Conditions of participation

The competition is open to students enrolled in higher education, and in particular, in architecture and landscape architecture schools, on the condition that the team include at least one student of architecture and one student of landscape architecture, one of them being the representative for the team.
Candidates may compete individually or as part of an educational project of their establishment. Participants are strongly advised to form multi-disciplinary teams that are able to provide a cross-disciplinary answer to this question of the habitat of the future: engineers, designers, geographers, ecologists, artists... can all join and reinforce the architect-landscaper pairs.
There is no age limit. However, the students must be enrolled in a higher education establishment and provide justification thereof. No candidate may be in more than one team.
The proposals are based on a competition of ideas, there is no implementation of the design.

Project property and advertising right

Artistic property rights arising in the course of the work shall be acquired by the competing teams. Participation in the competition nonetheless entails transfer of reproduction rights under the terms stipulated by law 57.298 of 11 March 1957. The submitted works shall become the property of the organizers.