CO-LIVING – A NEW FUTURE?

The theme of the 2022 Davidson Prize is ‘Co-Living – A New Future?’. The second annual prize for thought-provoking ideas around the design of the home will be awarded in June 2022.

The Davidson Prize looks for multi-disciplinary collaborative approaches but each team must include an architect registered with ARB (UK) or RIAI (Eire). The prize is free to enter.

The competition is organised in two stages (see Key Dates and Process below). To register interest, teams are asked to complete this registration form by 12:00 GMT on Friday 14 January 2022 (see Register Your Interest below).

A lonely home. Credit: Sivasankar, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

THE 2022 BRIEF

Home may be where the heart is – but are our notions of home in step with the 21st century?

While some may have spent lockdowns yearning for a bit of personal space, others found themselves with too much of it. In the aftermath of the pandemic it seems we’re facing a loneliness epidemic, with the British Red Cross reporting around 9 million lonely people in the UK. Meanwhile the trend towards single-person households continues to grow, and around a quarter of families with dependent children in the UK are now single-parent.

The Davidson Prize’s 2022 brief asks whether co-living could be a transformative key to the way we think about our homes – as well as our communities – and how they’re designed. From apartment blocks to one-off houses, it’s a question perhaps particularly apposite in light of the UK’s well-documented undersupply of homes, leading to today’s generation rent as well as burgeoning visible and invisible homelessness.

Co-living is not a new concept. It already exists in many forms including student accommodation, retirement communities, and multi-generational households. From co-operatives in Catford to self-build in Bristol, and from ‘agrihoods’ in Scotland to third-age collective living in Barnet, experimentation with models for living is nothing new. In 1916 Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant reorganised notions of home, sexuality and gender roles at Charleston Farmhouse. In the 1970s, artist collectives such as Acmefound new ways of exchanging labour for a roof over your head. The cultures of Dutch ‘centraal wonen’ or Danish cohousing have as many similarities with Britain’s historic almshouses as they do with kibbutzim in Israel or Tipi Vally in Wales.

Faced with the implications of an ageing population, rising costs of care and the environmental price of energy and embodied carbon, our homes are also increasingly moonlighting as places where people earn a living. On top of that they’re sites of the invisible labour that keeps the supply chains of economies oiled (in the UK alone it’s thought that the value of unpaid work taking place in the homes of today is around £700 billion annually). Are our homes up to the job?

The demands being placed on the spaces we live in are perhaps more complex than ever before. There has probably never been a better opportunity for design that rethinks our models of home while transforming lives and safeguarding the environment. What’s your take?

Entries should:

  • Clearly communicate how the proposed design idea offers a solution to one or more of the challenges set out above
  • Show the benefits of multi-disciplinary collaboration
  • Demonstrate effective communication of design ideas to lay audiences.

See ‘Submission Requirements’ and ‘Judging’ below for further information.

BACKGROUND TO THE PRIZE

Launched in 2020, The Davidson Prize has been established in memory of Alan Davidson (1960–2018) – architect, artist, technologist, innovator and founder of London-based architecture visualisation studio Hayes Davidson.

The annual design ideas competition rewards architectural ideas that imaginatively rethink the design of the contemporary home. The prize is administered by the Alan Davidson Foundation.

Alan Davidson was a passionate believer in the power of storytelling, and the prize celebrates traditional and new ways of communicating architectural ideas from drawing to film and immersive technologies.

Each year, entrants are asked to consider a different aspect of future living. Three finalists receive £5,000 to develop their ideas. The overall winner receives a prize of £10,000.

STEP ONE: REGISTER YOUR INTEREST

The Davidson Prize is open to multi-disciplinary creative teams. Each team must include an architect registered with ARB (UK) or RIAI (Eire). To register your interest please complete the the registration form by 12:00 GMT on Friday 14 January 2022.

You will be asked to provide the following details:

  1. Your team’s nominated main contact (name / email / contact no.)
  2. Name of your team’s architect (if different to main contact)
  3. ARB or RIAI registration no. of your team’s architect
  4. Names of additional team members (if known – n.b. if you have not created a team when registering your interest you can provide these details at the Stage 1 submission).

If you have not received a confirmation of registration by the end of December please contact us at hello@thedavidsonprize.com

Once registered, competitors will be issued with details for uploading their entry to the 2022 Davidson Prize.

KEY DATES AND PROCESS

Following registration (deadline 12:00 GMT on Friday 14 January 2022), the competition is organised in TWO STAGES leading to the announcement of a winner.

STAGE 1:

  • Submit your Stage 1 entry by 12:00 GMT on Monday 07 February (see Submission Requirements below)
  • All submissions will then be reviewed by the 2022 Davidson Prize committee leading to the selection of a longlist
  • The longlist will be announced in March 2022.

STAGE 2

  • A Stage 2 shortlist of three finalist teams will be selected by the 2022 Davidson Prize jury panel in April 2022
  • Each finalist team will then be awarded an honorarium of £5,000 to develop their design ideas
  • The Stage 2 submission deadline is Friday 13 May 2022
  • After submitting their developed concepts, the teams will be invited to present to the jury
  • Stage 2 interviews will take place on 19 May 2022.

The winner of the £10,000 Davidson Prize will be announced in June 2022.

This year, The Davidson Prize will also be running a People’s Choice Prize which is sponsored by VitrA Bathrooms. The public is invited to vote for its favourite project from the 2022 longlist. You can vote for your favourite entryhere until 06 April 2022.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Your Stage 1 entry should comprise:

  • 1 x single-sided A3 landscape presentation showing an initial design idea and captions outlining the headlines of your concept. (PDF format of less than 5MB with individual images saved as hi-res jpgs and provided in a separate folder)
  • A completed submission form (this will be sent to you upon registration) providing full details of your team plus a 250-word statement explaining how your concept addresses the co-living theme.

At Stage 2, the three shortlisted teams will be asked to submit:

  • A visual media presentation of up to two minutes. Content might include drawings, models, film, animation, VR, or other media to communicate the design ideas
  • A written design statement (up to 500 words) describing the approach
  • Up to three hero images to be used for publicity purposes.

Each of the three finalists will then be invited to give a 10-minute presentation to the jury panel followed by a Q&A.

The winner will be announced in June 2022 during a celebratory event. The winner will receive a prize of £10,000.

JUDGING AND JUDGES

The 2022 Davidson Prize jury panel comprises Paul Monaghan Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (Chair), Mary Duggan Mary Duggan Architects, Amy Frearson Dezeen, Agnieszka Glowacka Haptic Architects, Yinka Ilori Artist, Manijeh Verghese Architectural Association

Judges will be looking for:

  • Approaches that advance discussion around co-living as a potential design solution
  • Evidence of multi-disciplinary collaboration with other creatives e.g. visualisers, filmmakers, artists, researchers, engineers
  • Interesting and effective ways of communicating architectural ideas to wide audiences.

Please note that visual material that has previously been paid for by any party may not form part of your submission.

Stage 1 submissions will be reviewed by a committee, leading to a longlist. The committee will comprise industry professionals and representatives from the Alan Davidson Foundation and the jury panel.

Stage 2 submissions will be reviewed by the 2022 Davidson Prize jury panel.

At both stages, submissions will be judged on the following criteria:

  • The quality of the design ideas
  • The effectiveness of visual communication
  • Evidence of multidisciplinary collaborative approaches.

Please note that the committee and jury panel’s decisions are final.

Roger Fry, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons