Submission Deadline

June 7, 2021 (11:59 PM PST)

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Grand Prize: $1000


Brief

The concept of Home means something different around the world. In some places, it's an apartment in a tall tower and in others it's a stucco building by a small road. Whichever option describes your life best, a home should be a dignified place that provides for your needs and supports your future.

The question becomes, why do so few homes do this? Especially in developing communities around the world. How can design be a light for a better life?

At DesignClass we are passionate about exploring how design can have a positive impact on people's lives. We don't believe a home has to be fancy or grand but it does have to be safe, uplifting, and purposeful.

This is your challenge, design a sustainable and dignified home for families in developing communities around the world.

The home should utilize local materials, adapt to the local environment, be sized appropriately for families in this community, and should feature an economic space where the family can run a small store or business. 

We see this competition as an opportunity to expand your frame of mind and study how people in a different context can live, work, and flourish. Your home may be any size and made of any materials. All we ask is that you make your best attempt to understand the context of the community.

Design Guidelines

  1. Choose a community that you want to design a home for. We suggest looking at areas near you with severe economic development needs that could benefit from intentional design-thinking.
  2. Study how people live in this community and how your home could uplift their lives. 
  3. Design a home that fits in the context, provides space for the family to live, and has a dedicated economic space where the family can operate a small store or business.


Have questions about how to participate?

We created a FAQ at the bottom of this page and this helpful video.

Submission Guidelines 

  • 3-5 Images, showing your design. You may include plans, diagrams, and renderings.
  • Written Description, fewer than 500 words, in English. Tell us about your design and its reasoning.


Important

  • No logos in the image.
  • Image must be square or 16x9 ratio. Templates provided upon registration.
  • Keep text in the images to a minimum. No text is better.
  • Image must be in jpg format
  • Images must be under 3mb.
  • 3-5 Images

    Show off your home's design, what makes it sustainable, and what makes it equitable.

  • Written Description

    Describe your design in fewer than 500 words, in English.

Awards

Grand Prize: $1,000

All approved submissions will be judged by a panel of anonymous designers. This panel will determine the Grand Prize Winner.

Designer's Choice Award

All approved submissions will be opened to public voting. This public voting will be live on our blog, goDiscoverDesign.com until June 28 2021. The submission with the most verified votes will be deemed the Designer's Choice Award winner.

Timeline

Submission deadline: June 7, 2021 (11:59 PM PST)

Voting Opens: June 9, 2021

Voting Closes: June 28, 2021

Winners announced: June 30, 2021


Rules

  • All text must be in English
  • Must be an original work, created by the submitter
  • One design submission per registration
  • You may work as an individual or in a group or team
  • DesignClass reserves the right to suspend the competition and refund entry fees.
  • Participants retain all rights to their submissions.
  • Participants grant DesignClass license to publish submissions online and in print.
  • Open to anyone from anywhere

Open to Everyone


Want more than a competition? 

Learn from designers making a difference South African communities.

Join Designing for Spatial Justice with Wandile Mthiyane and learn alongside the next generation of people-centered designers to co-design a dignified home for a South African family and discover the power of cross-cultural community-centered design.

Participate in the power of community-centered design to shape spaces that foster dignity.

Join this interactive, live DesignClass and learn how traditional Zulu Architecture has evolved and been influenced by history, culture, and space. Then apply this knowledge to the design of a home for a resilient family in Durban, South Africa.

Registration Deadline April 20, 2021
Orientation Day May 31, 2021
Class Dates June 1-30, 2021

FAQ

  • When is the registration & submission deadline?

    The deadline for both is June 7, 2021 (11:59 PM PST)

  • When is the winner announced?

    June 30, 2021

  • Can I participate as a team?

    Yes, the competition is open to individuals and teams of all ages and locations.

  • What is the maximum size of a team?

    No limit on the number of team members. In our experience, large teams do not have an advantage over a driven individual.

  • What is the entry fee?

    $24.99 for students & student teams. $49.99 for professionals & professional teams.

  • What is Designing for Spatial Justice with Wandile Mthiyane?

    This is a special live DesignClass taking place in June 2021. It is separate from the Dignified Home Design Competition.

Join this competition and we plant a tree! 
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