Advancing Local Traditions for
Local Sustainability



The construction industry is a major contributor to global carbon emissions, meaning the potential for positive impact within the sector is equally great.

According to UN-Habitat and World Bank figures, by 2030 three billion people will need new housing and basic infrastructure.

Alongside the huge demand for construction this represents, we are at a point of unprecedented awareness of the depletion of resources used for building, and of the impact the built environment has on the health of people, communities, and the planet.

The Challenge

INTBAU organised the Architecture Challenge as a design competition for resilient and adaptable houses that advance, adapt and update specific local building traditions to meet 21st century needs.

We asked students, teachers, architects, designers, engineers, and anyone with an interest in buildings and building to take on the Challenge from 2021-23. The 8 shortlisted design proposals are exhibited in this online exhibition.


The international jury consisted of:
Farrokh Derakhshani, Yasmeen Lari, Alireza Sagharchi and Marcel Vellinga.


With additional support from

Image © Iiris Tähti Toom, Lifecycles of Vormsi, Estonia