The lack of adequate, affordable housing undermines social inclusion, equality, people’s health and well-being, as well as sustainability. Barcelona City Council and the City of New York are committed to tackling this challenge as stated in the “Declaration of Local Governments for the Right to Housing and the Right to the City”.
Building on these efforts, the Barcelona City Council and the City of New York are issuing a call for innovative technologies and tools to drive down the cost of construction and rehabilitation in dense urban areas, thereby making housing more affordable for all.
With rising land and construction costs, Barcelona and New York must find ways to get more from every dollar/euro invested in affordable housing, and to deliver housing faster to families in need. The application of innovative construction methods, the use of alternative and sustainable materials, and new planning and cost management systems are potential ways to make housing more affordable. Through the BCN-NYC Affordable Housing Challenge, these cities are keen to embrace today’s cutting-edge technology and techniques to shorten project timelines, reduce costs, and promote cleaner and more sustainable industry.
The BCN – NYC Affordable Housing Challenge finalists will be presented in March 2019 at a public event in Barcelona, and the winner will be announced at Smart Cities New York in May 2019. The winner will have the opportunity to pitch their proposal in front of relevant municipal officers of Barcelona City Council and the City of New York.
The winner will receive up to $20,000 to demonstrate the technology at relevant project sites in Barcelona and/or New York City. If appropriate, the technology could be implemented at a larger scale through a partnership with an affordable housing developer.