THE Queensland Government last week called on passionate planners to enter a new six-week design challenge aimed at developing exciting, affordable housing solutions for Queenslanders.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Planning Jackie Trad said the new 'Density and Diversity Done Well' competition went hand in hand with the new South East Queensland Regional Plan (SEQRP).
"Queensland is growing and the SEQRP is all about managing that growth in a sustainable way that preserves the things that are great about living in Queensland," Ms Trad said.
"It can sometimes seem that housing in Queensland exists exclusively with the choice solely between high-rise, high-density living or free standing, suburban family homes.
"One of the core themes in the SEQRP is about how we address this 'missing middle' in housing, so that people have diverse housing options that suit their lifestyles.
"That's what the Density and Diversity Done Well competition is all about - challenging the status quo and investigating out of the box ideas.
"We are looking for innovative and affordable ideas that will create both exciting places to live now and build great, sustainable neighbourhoods into the future."
Urban Development Institute of Australia Queensland CEO Marina Vit said innovation was necessary to deliver the diversity of housing needed to satisfy the market.
"Our research shows the community wants more choice of housing stock to suit their changing lifestyles. Innovation through competitions like these is critical to achieving diversity as well as better integrating density into our communities to cater for our busy lives and a swelling population," Ms Vit said.
The competition has a total prize pool of $50,000 and jury of six industry experts representing key industry bodies will review and judge the submissions. The competition is open to multidisciplinary teams that include architects, building designers, planners, landscape architects and urban designers in Australia and overseas.
The Density and Diversity Done Well competition is a joint initiative of the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and the UDIA Queensland and is officially endorsed by the Australian Institute of Architects and the Planning Institute of Australia.
More information about the competition is available from <https://www.densityanddiversitydonewell.openinnovation.com.au/>.