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URban Life Design Competition "Future Living beyond Star House"

Recruitment period Wed, 14 April, 2021 10:00am to Mon, 30 August, 2021 5:00pm(JST)
Registration to receive announcement of the events. 

Competition information will be posted here from time to time. 
The 1st Webinar will be held. Sat,22 May, 2021 2:00pm to 4:00pm(JST) 
For details, please see the Japanese site as it is only available in Japanese.                         
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Theme of the competition: Future Living beyond Star House

These days, during the Coronavirus crisis, daily living has been significantly affected and a new mode of living has been called into consideration.
As we spend more time at home, while telework or remote work has become widespread, the modality of choice for ‘living’ with our family has been under review.
When the people started to concentrate in the cities back in the period of rapid economic growth, new “Danchi” or a housing complexes were built and defined the standard of living. Likewise, 'living' is now discussed its way of being, beyond overcoming today's hardship.
Akabanedai Danchi was built as the first large-scale housing complex in Tokyo 23 wards during the period of rapid economic growth. “Star House (star-shaped apartment building)” caused a stir in the new form of living. “Star House” has not been a standard housing type. But yet, it certainly was a cutting edge proposal, going ahead of the times.
We want to pass on the Star House's high motive, re-design our way of living beyond the ‘standard living’, and envisage how ‘future living in a housing complex’ should be in the society after going through this difficult time.
We are calling for innovative ideas showcasing how the historic characteristic Y-shaped Star House would be renovated, including the relationship with newly rebuilt “Nouvelle Akabanedai” Danchi and suggestions for housing complex rejuvenation. These new ideas and suggestions are expected to explore “the true nature of living” in the future.

Message to Entrants of Competition

  • Jury Chairperson
    Yoko KINOSHITA
    Professor, Kogakuin University
    Principal, ADH Architects

    Jury Chairperson Yoko KINOSHITA
  • Jury Members
    Akira TAKAYAMA
    Theater Director
    Professor, Graduate School of Film and New Media, Tokyo University of the Arts

  • Jury Members
    Miori BABA
    Chairperson, NPO Minami Boso Republic

  • Jury Members
    Noriyuki TAJIMA
    Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Creative Engineering, Chiba Institute of Technology
    Director and Principal Architect, Tele-design Inc.

  • Jury Members
    Sonoko YORITA
    Deputy Mayor, Kita City Government of Tokyo

  • Jury Members
    Takito NIIDA
    Vice President, Urban Renaissance Agency (UR)

Description of Application

Objective and scope of URban Life Design Competition (hereinafter referred to as "URLD Competition ")

  • Star House became a registered tangible cultural asset (structure) and will be conserved at the site of former Akabanedai Danchi.
    The objective of this competition is to renovate the distinctive Y-shaped historic Star House and seek for new ideas and suggestions that explore the true nature of living in the future including the relationship with newly rebuilt Nouvelle Akabanedai and suggestions for housing complex rejuvenation.
    While proposals should include the way of living in Star House housing, restrictions on alteration to the cultural asset will not be evaluated in the competition and can be freely designed. Scope of proposal may freely be set based on 'one unit', 'one floor', 'one building', 'two buildings', 'all three buildings' or 'including Nouvelle Akabanedai Danchi and surrounding area'.
    New ideas and suggestions will be highly expected, so that we can seek the true nature of future living.

Assessment Procedures

  • Assessment of the design proposals will be conducted in two phases. 6 shortlisted design proposals will be selected at the first phase screening. At the final assessment, through presentations of 6 shortlisted design proposals in public, Q&A session, and evaluation by jury members (not in public), the prizes for “the First-place Prize”, “Award of excellence” and "Honorable mentions" will be decided.

Prizes

First-place Prize (one party) JPY 1,000,000 (tax included)
Award of Excellence (two parties) JPY 500,000 for each (tax included)
Honorable mentions (three parties) JPY 200,000 for each (tax included)
Winning designs (five, more or less parties) JPY 100,000 for each (tax included)
  • * Depending on the decisions by the jury members, formation of the prizes may be changed according to the outcome of applications to the competition.
    * Transportation expenses will be paid for 6 shortlisted entrants when they attend the final assessment to make a presentation (for up to 2 representatives, as a rule).

Eligibility of Entrants

  • Anyone can apply to this competition, and submit his/her design proposal as an individual or a group. At the final phase assessment, the shortlisted entrants are required to attend the presentation.

Handling of the First-place prize design and role of the winner

  • To realize the first-place prize design, UR will consider a basic implementation plan in collaboration with the first-place prize winner. Based on these plans, design and construction will take place. The winner of the first-place prize is expected to join the basic implementation to realize the first-place prize design plan as a design architect, which will be confirmed in writing. The winner may be requested to make some advice at the stages of design and construction, depending on the situation. When implementing the design, it should be noted that original design idea of the first-place prize design is subject to alter without the consent of the first prize winner, under the circumstances that are influenced by related regulations, construction period and other factors.

Downloadable forms and plans

The contents below can be downloaded
- Description of Application for URban Life Design Competition: Future Living beyond Star House (PDF format) 
* Please read thoroughly and comply with the description of application before applying.
- Form of inquiries (MS Excel format)
- Housing building plans (PDF and DXF format)
1. Overall Layout plan(former Akabanedai Danchi/Nouvelle Akabanedai Danchi)
2. Layout plan of “Akabanedai Information Source Facility (tentative)” construction area
3. Floor plan of Star House building
4. Elevation plan and Cross-section plan of Star House building
5. Detailed Floor plan of Star House housing unit
Detailed application requirements
Inquiry form
Set of drawings.
(Layout plan・Floor plan・Elevation plan・Cross-section plan・Detailed Floor plan)

Submission Requirements

  • Complete summary and draw each plan on one single sided A2 sized paper (420×594mm). The plan should be placed landscape (using PDF format). All documents should be in Japanese or English.
    Following are required for submission.
    1) Concept of the design
    2) Floor plan and internal elevation, etc. which illustrate the concept of the design proposal
    - Never fail to put scale size on the plans.
    3) Finishing plan, equipment instrument, etc. which illustrate image of the plans.
    4) Others, perspective drawings, pictures of a model, CG etc. which express design intent. Entrants may freely describe their plan proposal.

Application procedures

Period for submitting design proposals Monday, 30 August, 2021, by 5:00pm (JST)

You can apply to the competition by clicking the button below.
Electronic data (PDF format, less than 100MB)
One proposal is only valid for one submission. For multiple submissions, entrants should register multiple times and submit their proposals separately.

Registration to receive announcement of the events and others regarding URLD Competition is in Japanese only

On the official website, information of the free webinar (to be held concurrently with URLD Competition), updates to the official website such as the result of the screening, next UR's URLD Competition, as well as the information of the "Information Source Facility" will be delivered by e-mails.
Those who hope to register to receive announcement regarding the competition are required to fill out the requirements on the registration form 'WEB application form beforehand for the events and others regarding URLD Competition' on the official website, admit the agreement and apply to register.
* The webinar and related above will be offered only in Japanese.
Also, the registration form will be filled out only in Japanese.

«Application period for registration»
Wed, 14 April 10:00am to Fri, 30 July 5:00pm (JST)

Flow of Screening Procedure

Announcement of the first phase screening results

The first phase screening results will be announced in early October, 2021 (scheduled).
Those who pass the first phase screening will be individually informed, and also the results will be announced on the official website.

Final phase assessment and Awards ceremony

Friday, 29 October, 2021
The details of final phase assessment and awards ceremony will be announced on the official website, once the details are set.
The shortlisted entrants are due to prepare the documentation for the final assessment based on the design proposal of the first phase screening, and make a presentation (in about 10 minutes) publicly and engage in a Q&A session (in about 10 minutes) with the jury members of the committee. After the presentations and Q&A session, the final assessment will be conducted by the evaluation committee (closed to the public) to decide the First-place prize, Award of Excellence, Honorable mentions. Following the public announcement of the final assessment result, Awards ceremony will be held.
The details of the final screening and the first phase screening result will be informed, after the first phase screening, to the shortlisted entrants who pass the first phase.
* The shortlisted entrants will never be taken into consideration in deciding the winners, if he/she does not attend the final phase assessment public presentation.

Announcement of the final results

Middle of November, 2021 (scheduled)
The final result will be announced on the official website and in the January, 2022 issue of “SHINKENCHIKU”.

Receiving Inquiries and Replies

Receiving Inquiries

Entrants to the competition can send inquiries, if any, concerning the competition. The inquiries can be made only by using 'Inquiry form (MS Excel format, posted on the official website)' by e-mails as follows.
- Inquiries should be sent with the title “Inquiry about URLD Competition”.
- Any inquiries without filling out the required contents of the form will not be accepted.
- Inquiries should be written in a concise manner in order for the Secretariat to response concisely and correctly. Entrants can send inquiries only once. The Secretariat will not accept entrants’ addition and/or alternation to the inquiries, and refuse to answer the entrants' question to the replies.

≪Destination of inquiries≫
e-mail address:compe@ur-net.go.jp

≪Period for receiving inquiries≫
Wed, 14 April, 2021 10:00am to Fri, 30 July, 2021 5:00pm (JST)

Replies to inquiries process

Replies to the inquiries will be uploaded on the website (information of the person who makes inquiries will be posted anonymously). Responses will be answered in a sequential order, renewed in step-by-step manner, not answered individually. The replies are regarded as an addition or alternation to the 'Description of Application'. If replies to the inquiries differ from other descriptions of documents offered through the competition, the 'replies to the inquiries' would be given priority.

Please note that entrants' inquiries may not be replied depending on considerations below.
* Inquiries which are unrelated to this competition
* Inquiries which are likely to damage the fairness of the competition when answered
* Inquiries which are similar in intent to the other inquiries
* Other inquiries which seem to be inappropriate to reply
CAUTION: Entrants shall collect information in this Q&A procedure regarding this competition, so they must not individually inquire about the competition to the relevant agencies.

Precautions

Handling of Copyrights and the right of proposed design

  • Copyrights and the right of the design which proposed to this competition will remain the property of the entrants, but the organizer of the competition will hold the right to make public until when the result of competition assessment be announced.
    Any copyrights, right to make public and the related rights of deliverables gained from basic consideration, basic design, detailed design and construction based on the First-place prize winning design idea (hereinafter referred to as "copyright related rights"), will be held by UR.
  • Entrants to the competition should retain copyright/right of design concerning the design proposed to the competition until the day when the result of competition assessment be announced.
  • The winner of the First-place prize is due to separately confirm the handling of "copyright related rights" and execution of author's moral right, at the phase of the basic consideration of the design, with UR in writing (form attached). This agreement shall be written in Japanese.

Others

  • Entries are limited to unpublished works.
  • Competition entries will not be returned. If necessary, please make copies before submitting your plan.
  • Same entries should not be submitted to any other competitions.
  • Competition proposals must not infringe the copyright of any others' works either in whole or in part. Do not use images from magazines, books or websites. If suspicion of infringement of the copyright related rights be found, the winning prize may be revoked by the organizer.
  • If infringement of copyright related rights or any other suspicion be found after submission of proposals, the applicant shall assume all the relevant responsibilities.
  • Please refrain from making inquiries to relevant administrative agencies.
  • Personal information submitted will be used in connection with this competition only, not provided to any third party.
  • Even after considering the implementation of the plan, if the First-place Prize proposal turns out to be unrealizable, other proposal may be implemented.
  • Failure to follow any of the competition rules will result in disqualification, in this case, the organizer will reclaim the given prizes from the winners, and the winner should obey this request.
  • Please take a look at the video of the site situation distributed on the official website, and refrain from entering the premises and housing buildings. The organizer never assume responsibility for any trouble arising from entrant’s visiting the site.

About personal information

Video of "Akabanedai Danchi site"

Video of the site situation of "Akabanedai Danchi" (Japanese only)

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3D video of the reproduced dwelling unit(Japanese only)

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Plan to create "Akabanedai Information Source Facility (tentative name)"

'Information Source Facility to learn the history of urban living and experiment the future' regarding Japanese living and urban development, will be constructed on the former Akabanedai Danchi site, aiming to open in spring, 2023.
Conserved housing buildings (#41, 42, 43 and 44 housing building), which were officially registered as the first-ever "Registered Tangible Cultural Properties (structure)" housing complex in 2019, will be renovated, while considering the conservation of appearance to secure the value of the cultural asset.

【Outline of the facility development】
・Name:Akabanedai Information Source Facility (tentative name)(hereinafter referred to as
" Information Source Facility "),
・Opening:Spring in 2023 (scheduled)
・Location:Former Akabanedai Danchi site (1 Akabanedai, Kita-ward, Tokyo)
・Facilities:Plan to build a New Annex: History Exhibit facility (Structure: fire-resistant wooden/reinforced concrete structure, Height: approx.16m)
Four housing buildings; former Akabanedai Danchi #41 building (rectilinear-type housing with staircases) and #42, 43 and 44 buildings (Star House buildings), will be conserved.

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Overall layout (former Akabanedai Danchi / Nouvelle Akabanedai Danchi)
Information Source Facility development area

Image of the new annex building

Along with history exhibition, the facility will utilize conserved housing buildings (familiar cultural asset) as a substantive field to realize proposal of future living and renovation technology, responding to a housing stock-oriented society.

【Concept of Information Source Facility: "Museum & Lab" where 'Conservation' merges with 'Creation'】
- The facility will serve as a space to discover the origins that formed Japanese cities and contemporary lifestyles through Danchi that represents housing complex.
- By collaborating with various companies and educational institutes, the facility will unfold remodeling technologies and future living in a housing complex.
  - Conserved housing and representative housing examples in the past will be displayed in actual space of the facility, so that visitors of the facility can intuitively experience active dynamic exhibitions.

【Main display (scheduled)】
- Replica housing units: Harumi high-rise Apartment (designed by Kunio Maekawa) and Daikanyama Doujunkai Apartment, etc.
- History and transformation of the city formation as well as living in housing complex (Danchi).

Image of Exhibition space: Replica units and related exhibitions

Replica: Harumi high-rise apartment

The plan of Information Source Facility is subject to alter under the circumstances that are influenced by future consideration, discussion with related governments and other factors.

Period for submitting design proposals Monday, 30 August, 2021, by 5:00pm (JST)

Organizer:Urban Renaissance Agency (UR)

Co-host:Architectural Institute of Japan

Support:Kita City Government of Tokyo

Contact information "URLD Competition" Secretariat
(URLinkage Co. Ltd., nominated by UR, makes arrangements for this competition)
Telephone: +81-3-3644-0031 10:00am - 5:00pm (JST)(except Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays)
E-mail: compe@ur-net.go.jp
* We cannot respond to inquiries about the evaluation results and complaints.

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