Announcing the Competition Launch of Total Housing 01 : Apartments
Presented by Actar Publishers, and Storefront for Art and Architecture.


What is Total Housing?
Actar publishers,, and Storefront for Art & Architecture launched Total Housing, a series of competitions to create today’s definitive source for residential design that goes beyond standardized and canonical models of inhabitation.

Total Housing

Apartments is the first in the series of Total Housing Competitions.
The city is resurgent after years of suburban supremacy, but new technologies and socio-economic shifts have made traditional models for urban housing obsolete. Architects and designers are at the forefront of creating physical spaces that react to these new urban conditions, and we want to see them. Total Housing: Apartments searched for residential projects that addressed the incongruity between outmoded ideas of domestic space and contemporary urban lifestyles. We looked for apartments that demonstrated innovation through material applications, programmatic arrangements, technological implementations, or radical conceptual propositions.


The work can be built or proposed, but it must have been conceived or completed within the last 3 years. The work must be submitted by the author or authors of the project [firms, architects, designers, students, teams, anyone].


Apartment is defined as: a domestic unit for inhabitation within a building occupied by more than one household. Each project had to be classified as one of the following apartment units:

1 – one bed
2 – two bed
3 – three bed
4 – three + bed
5 – none of the above

Submission Requirements
Submit your projects on The project profile had to include the following:
– The lead design firm or project leader
– Team [all team members must be credited]
– Project Title
– A brief text [300 words maximum] that describes the project and clearly defines the questions your project addresses and the innovative tools of implementation your project proposes.
– Keywords: To guide the jury’s evaluation of your project, please include one or several keywords that specify your project’s space of inquiry (suggestions: urban policy, material, ecological, social, …)
– A minimum of five documents, including at least:
– One [projective document] (1) a diagram, drawing or image that explains the core idea in your project
– Two [generative documents] (2) plans, sections or details
– Two [atmospheric documents] (2) images, renderings or photographs
-The tag THA2010″must be added as a tag to the project profile, without this tag the project will not be eligible. Note the category of your entry by adding it to your tag after an underscore. For instance, a one bed apartment will be tagged THA2010_1. Whereas a three+ bed apartment will be tagged: THA2010_3.


11.59pm EST
November 28th 2010


The jury included:
– Elisa Ours (VP of Planning and Design, Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group)
– Joel Sanders (founder and principal, Joel Sanders Architect)
– Calvin Tsao (principal, Tsao & McKown Architects)
– Marc Kushner, AIA (cofounder of
– Wayne Congar (Editor, Actar NY)
– Albert Ferre (Managing Editor, Actar
– Eva Franch (Director, Storefront for Art and Architecture)

The winning designers were featured on Architizer’s front page, and a selection of the projects were asked to be part of the Total Housing 01: Apartments performance-exhibition at Storefront for Art and Architecture, and asked to contribute their work to the upcoming publication of Total Housing in print, by Actar Publishers and online by Architizer.