2nd Advanced Architecture Contest
Self-Sufficient Housing / The Self-Fab House
The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia is issuing an international summons to architects, students and designers from around the world to invite proposals for the construction of self-sufficient dwellings, in which the emphasis will be on exploring people’s capacity to construct their own homes, especially through the use of digital technologies.
The first IAAC Advanced Architecture Contest received more than 500 submissions from 108 countries, with projects that focused above all on environmental and landscaping problems. The IAAC is now proposing to carry out an investigation of projects at the global level with a view to fomenting sustainable development and, at the leading edge, the self-sufficiency of the houses we live in; this research will be addressed in terms of environmental, economic and social considerations.
On this occasion the competition aims to stimulate specific investigations into construction techniques and processes that will encourage individuals all over the world to build houses with the means available locally. We are interested, then, in everything from the intelligent application of traditional techniques to advanced digital processes in which digital fabrication entails the use of computers not only as design tools but also as tools for self-production.
The objective is to design, in any part of the world, a single dwelling or a residential building in which there is specific development of innovative construction proposals in relation to the use of new materials, the integration of energy systems in the construction, the insertion of the architecture in the landscape, or any other strategy that serves to enhance self-sufficiency.