TIMBER IN THE CITY: Urban Habitats Competition 2015/2016

TIMBER IN THE CITY: Urban Habitats Competition 2015/2016

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) is pleased to announce TIMBER IN THE CITY: Urban Habitats Competition for the 2015-2016 academic year. The student competition is a partnership between the Binational Softwood Lumber Council (BSLC), the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and the School of Constructed Environments at Parsons The New School for Design (SCE).

The purpose of the Competition is to engage students to imagine the repurposing of our existing cities with sustainable buildings from renewable resources, offering expedient affordable construction, innovating with new and old wooden materials, and designing healthy living and working environments.

The Challenge

The competition, which will run in the 2015-2016 academic year, will challenge students to design a mid-rise, mixed-use complex with affordable housing units, a relocated and expanded city-sponsored market for independent food enterprises, and a museum of the works of Andy Warhol. The competition will specify a site in the lower east side of Manhattan, New York.


The competition will challenge participants to interpret, invent, and deploy numerous methods of building systems, with a focus on innovations in wood design on a real site. For thousands of years, solid wood has been used as a building material. Timber is an ideal green building material: it is well suited for a broad range of structural and aesthetic applications, it offers high performance characteristics; and wood is an economic driver to maintain forests and protect jobs in our communities.

Criteria for Judging

Criteria for the judging of submissions will include: timber/wood as the primary structural material, creative and innovative use of timber/wood in the design solution, successful response of the design to its surrounding context, and successful response to basic architectural concepts such as human activity needs, structural integrity, and coherence of architectural vocabulary.


  • March 2016: Registration Deadline 
  • May 2016: Submission Deadline
  • August 2016: Winners Announced


Winning students, their faculty sponsors, and recent graduate/emerging professionals will receive cash prizes totaling $30,000. The design jury will meet July 2013, to select winning projects and honorable mentions. Winners and their faculty sponsors will be notified of the competition results directly. A list of winning projects will be posted on the ACSA website (www.acsa-arch.org).

Find more information here.

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