Design Developer Competition in Stockholm: A case study on innovation, architecture, and affordable housing
Journal article, 2019
There are three typical key players in the competition: the organizer, the jury, and the design teams. The organizer was responsible for the objective and terms presented in the brief. The jury was responsible to assign a winner. Architects, builders, and developers responded to the task by organizing design-teams and producing architectural design solutions. They had to understand affordability as both cost (rent level) and architectural design (area-effective apartments).
The competition in Stockholm was investigated in a case study. Research data was collected from archives and through questionnaires answered by jury members and design teams. Methods used for analyzing documents and design solutions were close reading and architectural criticism.
Twenty-two architectural students studied the competition in a course. In this case study, I compare how the professional jury evaluated the proposals to jury reports from the students focusing on innovative solutions. The professional jury and the student juries used the same criteria for judging but appointed different winners. The students preferred the solution with collective living. One explanation for this difference can be found in the structure of the evaluation process.
The results of the study can be summarized in ten conclusions that sort and rank design proposals, criteria for judging, marketing of the competition, uncertainty and knowledge, motives for competing, innovation, and the competition as a tool for the political ambition of the public organizers. The result produced new knowledge. There are few studies focusing on developer competition as the production of design proposals and architectural quality.
Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Building Design
ENQ (Enquiry) the ARCC Journal of Architectural Research
2329-9339 (ISSN)Vol. Volyme 16 No 1 15-28 No 2
Innovation and entrepreneurship
Areas of Advance
Building Futures (2010-2018)