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    Living Steel Competition 2007

    by ArchitectureWeek

    Living Steel has announced the three winners of its second International Architecture Competition for Sustainable Housing. The consortium of steel companies challenged participants to design innovative, resource-efficient housing solutions using steel.

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    The competition targeted locations for affordable-housing prototypes: Recife, Brazil; Wuhan, China; and the Thames Gateway area on the east side of London. Brazilian firm Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados won for its Recife design, Knafo Klimor Architects of Israel won the China component of the competition, and British firm Cartwright Pickard Architects won for its Thames Gateway prototype.

    The worldwide need for sustainable housing is staggering. According to Living Steel, an average of over 4,000 housing units would need to be constructed every hour for the next 25 years to meet needs of the burgeoning world population. Potential benefits of steel include recyclability and suitability for precise prefabrication off site.

    Essential Brazil

    The competition program for Brazil asked firms to design an apartment building for low-income families in Recife, a fast-growing eastern port city with a population of 1.5 million. The project site, which is slated for a number of comparable buildings, is located about seven kilometers (4.3 miles) from the downtown core. The low-rise building project was to include 16 two-bedroom units averaging 50 square meters (540 square feet) each, as well as a playground, swimming pool, and child-care center, at a target cost of just US$300 per square meter ($28 per square foot).   >>>

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    Essential Architecture by Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados was the winning design for the Brazil project site in the second Living Steel International Architecture Competition for Sustainable Housing.
    Image: Andrade Morettin Arquitetos

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    The Essential Architecture housing project optimizes natural ventilation in units through the use of mid-height partitions and vented outdoor screens.
    Image: Andrade Morettin Arquitetos


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