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Who’s Next 2.0 – FreeGreen

Freegreen is challenging you to help defining the design concept of Affordable Luxury. Gone are the days of free-flowing mortgages, and multi-million dollar McMansions. In this “new normal” home owners still desire livable, ascetically pleasing, and luxurious homes, but now need these same concepts implemented into smaller more affordable residential structures.

This creates the perfect opportunity for the design community to take charge of this challenge and be the first to create new home designs, and design delivery methods, that meet today’s restraints and requirements.

Objective

You will have to select one of the two user profiles (Profile 1, Profile 2) and design a single family home that fits the profile you’ve chosen.

The Who’s Next 2.0 Judging Criteria is as follows:

  • Livability: Has the design entry met the needs, requirements, and desires represented in the Contest Profile for which the entry has been designed.
  • Affordability: Could the design be built for the targeted budget range of $220,000 to $410,000. It is understood that all entries are only schematic designs, and best efforts will be made by the Jury to interpret design intent and establish reasonable estimates on cost.
  • Clarity: Does the entry have clear, concise, and appropriate description text with each image that explains how the entry (and a given representation) is addressing a given Contest Profile, or General Contest requirement.
  • Buildability: Could this house actually be built. Please remember that this competition is looking to help change the residential design landscape. If you cannot build a home, then you cannot create real change.
  • Representation: Different architects work in different ways. Some emphasize photo realistic renderings while others focus on perfecting traditional architectural drawings. We think that all types of representation are great, but we are specifically looking for entries that show high quality representation, and create strong entry identities.

Prizes

  • Best In Show ($5,000 Prize)
    • $5,000 Cash – For the best design across both contest profiles
    • The implementation of your design into a true house plan (full construction document set) by FreeGreen, to which you will retain the rights.
    • Your winning house plan will be posted on the FreeGreen for-sale House Plan website, Better House Plans
  • Best In Class (Two $1,000 Prizes)
    • $1,000 Cash – For the best design in each profile (the Best In Show Design is excluded)
    • The implementation of your design into a true house plan (full construction document set) by FreeGreen, to which you will retain the rights.
    • Your winning house plan will be posted on the FreeGreen for-sale House Plan website, Better House Plans

Rules

  • The competition is open to all interested parties throughout the world, regardless of age (although you must be at least 18 years old), discipline, and professional status. Students are welcome and encouraged to enter.
  • Entrants may submit work independently or as a group or through the instructor.
  • The following are exceptions to eligibility: The firms, professional partners, and immediate family members of the Competition jurors.
  • There will be no anonymity in this contest. Entrants will actually be encouraged to associate your name, firm, Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, and other properties with your entry.
  • You will be required to submit 9 images of their design.
  • You need to have the ability to write text to describe each of your images.
  • You will also be encouraged to list your related contact information, websites, and other properties to represent yourself with your entries.
  • All images can be submitted in a JPG format and can be up to 990 X 660 (pixels) in size. All images must be submitted in RGB format to show up correct on the Who’s Next 2.0 Pubic Voting website, and it is expected that all submitted images will be optimized for web viewing at 72DPI.

How to enter?

You are required to register for the competition prior to submitting your entries. In order to complete registration, you must submit a registration fee.

Entry fee

The registration fee is $50 USD for both professionals and students prior to 1 September 2010.