25 September 2023

City raises roof on housing designs

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The City of Sydney is calling for new ideas to boost the diversity of housing across the city.

With a focus on identifying and developing new models to increase affordable housing supply, the City’s Alternative Housing Ideas Challenge encourages new ways of thinking about housing across financing, management and design.

The challenge is open to anyone interested in innovation in the housing sector, including property professionals, financiers, lawyers, community organisers, policy managers, planners, designers and students.

After consideration by a jury, a maximum of six entrants will receive $20,000 each to develop their concepts.

Entries must:

* demonstrate innovation in at least two of these areas: planning, design, ownership type, tenancy type, management (including sharing of facilities), construction, urban land supply and financing;

* result in cheaper housing or meet the City of Sydney’s definition of affordable housing;

* be financially viable, and socially and environmentally sustainable;

* be liveable for residents; and

* be scalable and replicable.

The community will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the short-listed concepts as part of the City’s consultations to shape Sustainable Sydney 2050.

The Alternative Housing Ideas Challenge opens today (26 March) and will close on Wednesday, 8 May 2019.

Details on how to submit ideas can be accessed at this PS News link.

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