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 low cost 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.

More information will be available about the competition soon. So watch this space for updates. Here’s a summary on how it works.

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 graduates
are invited to enter the architecture competition and design a low cost residential house for low income families 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 ARC US, November 1 – 4, 2018 in California.

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.

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.

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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

Competition

We invite students and alumni from the built environment between the ages 18 and 35 (youth) 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
  • Fill entry and submit it by August 31
  • All entries should be in English

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 September 30 for Architectural Firms to critique the designs. 
  3. Final submission by October 25. 
  4. Shortlist announced by November 15.
  5. Winners announced on November 25.

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 

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