rise in the City 2018

Pushing the boundaries of design

Maseru, Lesotho

About rise in the city

rise in the city is a unique international architecture competition for students and recent graduates worldwide. The challenge is to design affordable and sustainable housing solutions for Africa’s growing population.

We invite all innovative problem solvers in the built environment to design a low-income housing prototype in an effort to curb Lesotho’s housing problem in an environment challenged by:  increased urban migration, climate change and scarcity of resources.

Here’s a summary on how it works. Here’s the competition brief.

How it works

Lesotho is a lower middle income country completely surrounded by South Africa. For this competition, its capital city, Maseru is being split into 100 virtual blocks. Virtual residency is being offered for 3 entities per block:

Phase One
100 Leading architecture and design firms are invited to take up virtual residence of one of the blocks for free.

In return, they mentor and critique the student competition entry who will also take up virtual residency of the same block. AND offer an architectural experience to the sponsor of their block.  This architectural experience can be a networking lunch with the senior design team or a tour of a building they have designed if one is located close to their office.

Phase Two
100 companies
 keen to gain a one-on-one networking opportunity, choose a Maseru block to sponsor for only $1,200 and get to enjoy the experience with the resident architecture firm in their block.

Phase Three
100 students and recent architecture graduates
are invited to enter the architecture competition and design an affordable  residential house for low income families in an urban setting for Maseru.

A high profile jury will shortlist the best 10 entries that will be exhibited at various events internationally. There will be one International winner and one winner from Lesotho who will be announced at the end of January 2019.

100% of proceeds goes directly towards the project – a design & build training program for Lesotho unemployed youth who are constructing a residential center and entrepreneurship hub for vulnerable adolescents. If enough additional funding is raised from the competition, we will then build the prototype, in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government, so that people in Lesotho can see the design, get inspired and adapt to build houses that are equally as sustainable and made from locally sourced materials.

By getting involved with rise in the city, either by mentoring a student competition entry, sponsoring one of the city blocks or entering the competition, you will help give the people of Lesotho the opportunity to better their lives for themselves.

Arial shot of Maseru

Who you help

rise is working towards a world where sustainable social enterprises, created by local entrepreneurs are the norm. Through our professional network, rise links social entrepreneurs from low-income countries in sub-Saharan Africa to fundamental resources that they would otherwise not have access to, in order to fulfill their potential.

The first rise project, follows the in loco “hands-on, bottom-up” approach, to deliver a new building with accommodation, study and service facilities for the children at a very overcrowded orphanage in Lesotho, Southern Africa. Learn more.

This combined with entrepreneurship training and mentoring, will enable the orphanage to provide enough accommodation for the children and to become more self-sustaining by launching income-generating activities.

True to the rise ethos, the local community will be instrumental through this process, with the support and expertise of industry experts.

rise is a not-for-profit organization, co-founded by BOND Events as an integral part of its Social Responsibility Program.

who-you-help

Block 001

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JUAN MATIZ
Student Competitor

Tankiso Hantsi

Lesotho

Block 002

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Jason Olsen
Student Competitor

Thebe Letsopha

Lesotho

Block 003

Architect
John Lyon
Student Competitor

Thandi Joyce Mokoma

Lesotho

Block 004

Architect
Kurt Hagstette
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Cassidy Rosen

United States

Block 005

Architect
Brett Swiatocha
Student Competitor

Sera Falatsi

Lesotho

Block 006

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Siddhant Gupta

India

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Valeriia Frolova

United States

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zinal dudhat

India

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Aditya Sharma

India

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YOLANDE DANIELS
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nichoals nuccio

United States

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JAYESH SINGH RAWAT

India

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Joy Gwokyalya

Uganda

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Hailemikael Negussie

Ethiopia

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Mya Hnin Phyu

Myanmar

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Malesela Kenneth Molekoa

United States

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Matthew Bremer
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Nthabiseng Moshoeshoe

Lesotho

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Martin Markl

Portugal

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Noriel Estipular

Philippines

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Maluke Maluke

Lesotho

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Andrew Carson
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Palesa Rapolo

Lesotho

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Karina Moran
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Rocio Ferro

United States

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Erika Gallego

Colombia

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javad rajabzade

Iran

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Chris Benny Paul

Canada

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Christopher Rose
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David Kwantwi-Mensah

Ghana

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Stepan Cibulka

Czech Republic

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Michael Sorkin
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Nathaniel Steinrueck

United States

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Simone Op den Kamp

Netherlands

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Yvonne Asiimwe

Uganda

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Sergio Del Villar

Mexico

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Adrian Sanchez Castellano

Spain

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Natasha Afzal

Pakistan

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Luis Munoz

United States

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Minho Kim
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Baha Yurttaş

Turkey

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Rich Hubacker
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mohamad waheed fareed

Egypt

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Emily Demarest
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Robin Smith

Zambia

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Verda Alexander
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Zakaria Boucetta

Canada

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SUBHA PRAKASH SAHOO

India

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Theertha Shetty

India

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Shiladitya Roy

India

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Poloko Sakoane
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sello papa

Lesotho

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Nick Tolman

United States

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jacob samson

Nigeria

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Liza Borzoni
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Chris Watkins

United States

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Karen Frome
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Mothibe Putsoa

Lesotho

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Benjamin Porto
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Tumelo Lerata

Lesotho

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Mohamed Muaviya

India

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Matthias LAURENT

France

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Amy Leibbrandt

South Africa

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Lucas Nieto

Colombia

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Stephen Carey

United Kingdom

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Apoorva Sethuraman

United States

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Qingyang Li

China

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Rafael Amuchastegui
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Hape Matheka

Lesotho

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Architect
Mark Bearak
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Rubal Sharma

India

Block 057

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Nicolas Medrano
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Hossein Goudarzi

United States

Block 058

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Agnana Brebu

Romania

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Argjire Krasniqi

Belgium

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Shane Kemp

South Africa

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Kaushik Saseedharan

Singapore

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Nour Fuqa

United States

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Milda Sutkaityte

Lithuania

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Esther Shipuata

Namibia

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Sawadogo Lionel

Burkina Faso

Block 066

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Earl Jackson
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Ntholeng Mohajane

Lesotho

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Ian Nestler
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Milena Aleksandrova

Bulgaria

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Sharon Nair

India

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noel gustav

Tanzania

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Mihika Mehra

India

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Maleeka Metteden

Nigeria

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WILSON THEKO

United States

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Alex Umerie

Nigeria

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Audrey Matlock
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Homeira Asgari

Iran

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Architect
Danielle Martin
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Tammy Phan

Netherlands

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Tanmoy Dey

Bangladesh

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sebastião De Sousa

Portugal

Block 079

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John Clark
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RAMOMOATSI KOBO

Lesotho

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Nick Randall

South Africa

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Jed Ezra Kael Schuck

Canada

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Architect
Victor Mirontschuk
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Diego Olvera

Mexico

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Architect
Rosanna Trivilino
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Ithabeleng Mpapea

Lesotho

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Architect
Michelle Cintron
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Lebohang Mosiuoa

Lesotho

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Ahmad Hafez

Kuwait

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Amanda Saputri

Indonesia

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Palash Jain

India

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OLIVIA JOHNSON

United Kingdom

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Mohammad sadegh Nazari

Iran

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Wibowo Fredy

Singapore

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Marija Vujovic

Germany

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Alexandre Boulé

France

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Muttasif Hasan Dip

Germany

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david ling
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Gogo Zhu

United States

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Arun Saikrishnan

Bahrain

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Sylwia Marcinkowska

Poland

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Jorge Mancilla

Mexico

Block 100

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David Dennis
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Yaser Rahmaniani

Iran

City Blocks

Architects and Sponsors take up virtual residency of a block and in return will receive:

  • Opportunity to collaborate and support the creation of a solution to a huge social problem
  • Promotion on riseinthecity – your company logo will appear on the map of Maseru, over the block in which you are taking virtual residency
  • Additional promotion on the rise and BOND Events websites
  • Promotion in our social media campaigns
  • Inclusion in press releases
  • Exposure at various international events

Block 005

Architect
Brett Swiatocha
Student Competitor

Sera Falatsi

Lesotho

Block 057

Architect
Nicolas Medrano
Student Competitor

Hossein Goudarzi

United States

Block 076

Architect
Danielle Martin
Student Competitor

Tammy Phan

Netherlands

Block 100

Architect
David Dennis
Student Competitor

Yaser Rahmaniani

Iran

Competition

We invite architecture students and graduates who have finished studying within the last 5 years to enter the competition. This unique opportunity is open to the first 100 entries.

Guidelines

Designs will be judged by a high profile panel of judges who will rate the submissions based on:

  • Use of local materials specific to Lesotho (Maseru)
  • Unique and feasible designs that can be implemented immediately
  • Low cost sustainable design incorporating autonomy
  • A design that celebrates IDENTITY of a people
  • Registration by September 30.
  • All entries should be in English

Design Brief available here.

Submitting your design

  1. Select one of the available 100 Maseru blocks to take up virtual residency alongside a Sponsor and an Architecture Firm who will offer mentorship with the design.  
  2. Preliminary submission by November 15 for Architectural Firms to critique the designs. 
  3. Final submission by December 15. 
  4. Shortlist announced by January 15, 2019.
  5. Winners announced on January 30, 2019.

Design brief will be published here by end of July. So please watch this space!

All Competition entries should be uploaded in PDF format via the link below.

Submit Architecture Competition Entry 

Judges - to be announced

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