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Release: ‘100 MILE HOUSE’ – an Open Ideas Competition

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“You’ve heard of the 100 Mile Diet – What about the 100 Mile House?”

The Architecture Foundation of British Columbia is pleased to announce the launch of a new Ideas Competition which will invite participants to explore, rethink, question and experiment with new ideas that will challenge the concept of the regional house and the way we live.

Historically, most houses were constructed as ‘100 mile’ houses from caves, sod houses, log cabins and stone houses to the First Nations’ indigenous cedar houses, tepees and igloos. People worldwide used whatever available materials were at hand to build shelters for themselves and their families. But is this possible in a modern 21st Century city like Vancouver?

This competition will challenge all participants to rethink the way we live and select materials, systems and technology that reflect this reality in the world of computers, the internet and Facebook. Participants are encouraged to challenge the logic of the present, formulate new questions, and explore variations that will allow new potentials for living.

Geographically, we have selected the City of Vancouver to be the focus of the competition for the ‘100 Mile House’ . Participants are challenged to design a house to accommodate 4 people with a maximum area of 1200 square feet using only materials and systems made/ manufactured / recycled within 100 miles of the City of Vancouver.

This is a global competition. Architects, designers, artists, students and other environmentally conscious creators from around the world are encouraged to submit their ideas.

The Architecture Foundation of BC promotes BIG IDEAS that recognize sustainable design, architectural merit and innovation in order to advance the knowledge and practice of the design of sustainable buildings in British Columbia.

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