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Youth Housing Design Challenge



With most of the young population working today to acquire basic security of livelihood and not investing on their lives for the long term (depreciating because of the ‘grind’) due to various social stigmas associated with not owning a home; create this rat-race. Cities being an economic platform which is constantly growing everyday - equity of housing has become an issue as they turn more and more severe/unaffordable every day. Affordable housing is one of the measures taken by the government but is not enough considering the vast number of people pooling into the city every day to look for means of livelihood.


Slowly the urban centers with their skyrocketing economic growth have almost priced out a lot of its citizens before they could even realize. Can a collective living concept scalable enough for all the megacities?





The challenge here is to build a replicable co-living housing concept for 1. Young 2. Migrant/Local 3. Working population of 20-35 years of age which is affordable (not subsidized but optimized), works on cyclic leasing for durations longer/shorter than rental cycles and gives them enough headspace to build their career and move. The Hustle Hub should extend itself more than just a space to live. Hustle Hub is also visualized as a framework that can extend to other megacities of the world.





Moscow, the capital of Russia is now undergoing a major overhaul in terms of its urban language. A vast portion of this city’s last century communal (Khrushchyovka) housing is now being replaced by large-scale mixed-use townships and housing societies. The value of the housing will shoot more than 4 to 5 times as soon as the new revamp comes in which will fuel the real estate market even more. This will positively trigger city growth and eventually more people will move to Moscow for finding places for their new dreams. Development is good - and it should happen, but pricing out is discrimination. With its one of its kind rich communist housing roots a co-living housing concept like Hustle Hub is more possible here first than anywhere in the world.


The site for HustleHubUC is located in ZiL district in Moscow.

*Additional Materials will be provided to the registered participants only.




1500 USD

Trophy + Medal + Certificates

(Open for Student & Professionals)

Runner - Up

750 USD

Medal + Certificate in each category

(Open for Student & Professionals)

People's Choice

500 USD

Trophy + Medal + Certificate

(1 x Students and 1 x Professionals)

Honorable Mention

200 USD

Medal + Certificate

(2 x Student and 2 x Professionals)

Institutional Excellence


Trophy + Certificate + Medal

(For per Institutional Participation)


All medal holders, and winners will get an elaborate section of publishing in the UNI 2019 design book, and on our partner websites.


Exhibition of Entries

Shortlisted entries will be featured on our website and will be awarded a certificate.


Early Registration: March 24, 2019

20$ Students, 30$ Professionals, 75$ Institutional Access


Standard Registration: May 8, 2019

30$ Students, 50$ Professionals, 125$ Institutional Access


Late Registration: June 22, 2019

40$ Students, 70$ Professionals, 200$ Institutional Access


Submission Deadline: July 2, 2019


Public Voting begins: July 3, 2019


Public Voting ends: August 3, 2019


Result Announcement: August 13, 2019


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You have to deliver an architectural outcome on the following site, based on the given issue outlines. The idea can begin at an issue or a program or the history.


  • A maximum 8 nos. – 1880 x 2880px sheet in portrait digital format (JPEG)
  • Answer 6 mandatory questions and 2 self formulated questions in the discussion section as given on the ‘additional materials folder’. This folder contains: Full resolution Map images, Hands on Literature of problem, CAD Drawing file of Site, FAQ Questions, Descriptive Criterion.


Minimum requisites in the sheets (For a complete submission):

  • Site plan (Compulsory)
  • Key conceptual sections x 1 (Minimum)
  • 3D views x 4
  • Cover image of size 2000 x 1000 px or larger in aspect ratio 2:1.
  • Floor plans, images, sketches (if any) can be added to support the entry in the form of additional images.


  • Use exploded views to discuss multi-leveled conceptual models better.
  • Ensure that the final sheets which are submitted do not include your name or any other mark of identification.
  • To learn about the best practices of submission refer to this pdf here. https://goo.gl/fmmcP7
  • Plagiarism of any idea/form/design/image will be disqualified with a notice.
  • Participants can assume data for formulating the programme like the type of residents catered to and outlying conditions.
  • Ps. The problem is not a straight forward housing solution rather it is a new concept in co-living.

The submission of the entry has to happen on our submission portal at uni.xyz only with the format given on the website. No other mode of submissions will be accepted. In order to avoid last minute rush, plan and try uploading your entries prior to the submission deadline . Check this video tutorial of how to make the submission on the platform .


  1. The competition is open to all students and professionals (Worldwide).
  2. Minimum eligible age for participation is 18 years.
  3. This competition is open for both students and professionals.
  4. Team size is maximum of 4 members per team.
  5. All disciplines are eligible.
  6. Team: Teams with all student participants (with valid id’s required) will be categorized under student teams.
  7. Teams with even one professional participant will be categorized under professional team.


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