Alternative housing

Alternative housing

Ideas challenge

We’re calling for ideas to boost the diversity of housing across the city, with a focus on identifying and developing new models to increase affordable housing supply.

The Alternative Housing Ideas Challenge will be open to anyone with new ideas for the housing sector, including property professionals, financiers, lawyers, community organisers, policy managers, planners, designers and students. Encouraging new ways of thinking about housing, 6 participants will receive $20,000 each to further develop their concepts following consideration by a jury.

The challenge will reframe the future of housing supply in Sydney to be more diverse, exploring creative tenancy arrangements like shared or cooperative living, new funding and delivery models.

Alternative housing is a category of structures that are built or designed outside the mainstream norm and affordable housing provides housing for very low to moderate income households.

Ideas will need to be as creative as possible and reflective of how our increasing population will need to live, work and play in Sydney in the future.

Proposals should:

  • demonstrate innovation in at least 2 of these areas – planning, design, ownership type, tenancy type, management (including sharing of facilities), construction, urban land supply and financing
  • result in cheaper housing or meet the City’s definition of affordable housing
  • be financially viable, and socially and environmentally sustainable
  • be liveable for residents
  • be scalable and replicable.

The community will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the short-listed concepts as part of the City’s consultation to shape Sydney 2050.

The Alternative Housing Ideas Challenge will open on Tuesday 26 March and close on Wednesday 8 May 2019.

Sign up if you'd like more information when the challenge opens.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 20 February 2019