World Architecture Day 2019 celebrates the theme of Housing for All

October 7, 2019

Today marks the World Architecture Day, observed on the first Monday of October every year. Celebrating the theme of Housing for All, the International Union of Architects (UIA) had earlier this year announced a poster competition. The winner was announced a couple of months ago to be Jordanian architect Huda Gharandouqa announced the winner of the UIA 2019 World Architecture Poster Competition.

The international jury for the competition, consisting of Sonya Dyakova (Russia/ UK), Dana Whabira (Zimbabwe) and Chris Ware (USA), selected the winning entry from over 100 submissions from around the globe. Gharandouqa’s black and white design effectively communicates this year’s theme of affordable housing: “Architecture… housing for all”. Affordable housing is part of the New Urban Agenda as well as Goal Number 11 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals: “to make cities and human settlements safe, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable.”

The jury praised Gharandouqa’s work for its “striking design” and “flowing moiré” imagery that “grabs one’s attention from afar.” Depicting a black and white apartment building with human figures silhouetted in the lighted windows, the modular shapes convey urban life and “a sense of community.

When it comes to affordable public housing, few countries can match the strategic planning and holistic approach of Singapore. In the West, ad-hoc affordable housing schemes are mostly championed by France, Spain, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Here are 15 well-designed social housing projects from around the world:

Balearic Institute of Housing (IBAVI), Rivas-Vaciamadrid, Spain

Project by Elemental, Constitucion, Maule Region, Chile

Huechuraba Commune, Santiago, Chile

San Ignacio Houses, La Barca, Mexico by IX2 Arquitectura

Bairro Padre Cuz, Lisbon, Portugal by Alexandre Dias, Bruno Silvestre and Luis Spranger

Chalon-Sur Saone, France by Odile+Guzy Architectes

Schaerbeek, Belgium by MSA/V+

Essex, United Kingdom by Proctor and Matthews

Saintes, France by Poggi & More Architecture

Morangis Retirement Home, Morangis, France by Vous Etes Ici

Gava, Spain by Pich-Aguilera Architects

Clichy, France by Avenier Cornejo Architectes

Ceuta, Spain by SV60 Architects

Ivry-Sur-Seine, France by Atelier du Pont

Madrid, Spain by Francisco Mangado, ©(c)Roland Halbe

Here is another list of 30 well-designed social housing projects in the world.

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