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November 2006

Competition extends the global search for more efficient housing

Brussels— Living Steel, a worldwide program to stimulate innovation in the design and construction of housing, announced its second International Architecture Competition focused on the development of sustainable housing. Architects from around the world are invited to accept the challenge of developing new urban housing by expressing their interest to participate in the competition.

With a total prize fund of €300,000, the competition is one of the largest architectural design initiatives in the world. Competition finalists will be invited to design new concepts for residential buildings in Brazil, China and the United Kingdom. The winning submission for each location will receive a €50,000 prize and a contract to complete their designs. The remaining short listed finalists will each receive a €10,000 honorarium.

Earlier this year, two architecture firms were successful in the first Living Steel competition to construct housing designs in very different parts of the world. UK based firm, Piercy Conner Architects and Designers, and Dutch company, architectenbureau cepezed, are now working in Kolkata, India and Warsaw, Poland.

The Living Steel International Architecture Competition meets the criteria of the International Union of Architects and complies with architectural competition standards adopted by UNESCO.

Architects may submit their expressions of interest through the Living Steel website until January 12, 2007. Architectural firms of all sizes, scope and geographic locations are encouraged to apply. Further competition details are available on the Living Steel website at

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