CPID Competition Results

reGENERATION: An Intergenerational Living Competition. 

The Center for Public Interest Design hosted an ideas competition in order to explore new models in intergenerational living. We received over 100 submissions from all over the world.  Participants from a range of disciplines were asked to address ways of reintegrating an often isolated aging population into active settings where they can thrive, participate in lifelong learning, and lend their voices and expertise to the the greater community. The proposals ranged dramatically in scale, strategy, and presentation. The jurors identified a number of excellent submissions but chose winners and honorable mentions that they felt offered particularly unique, thoughtful, and/or thorough proposals.

At the Center for Public Interest Design we are extremely excited by the immense interest in this issue and the strength of the submissions. We look forward to sharing these six projects (and many others) to help advance the dialogue on the subject of intergenerational living. Work from this competition was exhibited in conjunction with a forum on design for intergenerational living in Fall 2014 in downtown Portland.

Congratulations to all the winners and honorable mentions! 

Click here to view competition details and guidelines.


Winning Entries



1st Place: Auberge du Dialogue Des Ages

By Mutations Architects - Paris, France

Location: Saint Denis, France

Excerpts from the narrative: Saint Denis is undertaking massive transformation due to its proximity of Paris, and its former industrial structure that makes it easy to turn to big urban housing blocks and office floors. In consequence, a phenomenon of gentrification is visible and is pushing vulnerable populations out. Seniors, with small pensions, are among them. Within this Northeastern Parisian suburban context, which often implies spatial and social segregation, the Auberge du Dialogue des Ages’ idea is to counter that specific segregation one may find between generations in individualistic societies. The Auberge du Dialogue des Ages believes other forms of group and community may soar out of the classical schemes. Those forms either spontaneous or supported by institutions, are bound to meet success, grow independent and spread.

Concerns for the daily life of the seniors and their implication as citizen, drove the sought for a site location close to a main axis within the city center. A brewery stocking lot, south of the bustling city center, seems to be underused and the perfect location for a project of community housing that would shelter both young adults and elders. The postulate of this age association would be the mutual benefit each group may find in discovering the other. Therefore all conception efforts shall be looking forward to provide exchange conditions. Architecture would translate that idea into a sort of introverted urban eden, enclosed by protective and existing walls, where the Auberge du Dialogue des Ages, community spaces and private, luminous et generous rooms included, is organized around a vast courtyard that would act as a cooking pot for a student / senior sauce project of life with its own ingredients (rhythm, rules, balance,...).



2nd Place: CRUX: An interGENERATIONAL Hub

By Sofia Weller – Baltimore, MD U.S.A.

Location: Baltimore, MD U.S.A.

Excerpt from the narrative: Generational segregation could not be more evident than on the Maryland Institute College of Art urban campus in Baltimore, MD. The proposed site is straddled between the MICA campus and an existing senior housing high-rise. Currently there is acknowledgement of both communities living on the same site, but unfortunately no interaction between the two, making it the perfect location to introduce an interGENERATIONAL hub. CRUX proposes a resolution between multi-generations: a hub to interact, to heal, to live, create and grow. The urban building will host a series of public spaces with the intention of enhancing arts and wellness while also serving the Baltimore community. Public spaces in the program includes classrooms, a gallery, retail space, gym and pool area, a roof garden for growing produce as well as an adult and child day care. All spaces allowing the built environment to create and encourage interactions between generations.



3rd Place: Into the Void: Ideas for Intergenerational Living

By Ian Nazareth / Priyan Perera / Natasha Maben – Melbourne, Australia

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Excerpts from the narrative: Intergenerational housing is an opportunity to explore a new typology of urban development, one that actively learns from and engages with the contemporary city and its pluralistic architecture and urbanism. the project prototypes urban form, articulating a clear architectural position through testing social interactions and demographic interplays at multiple resolutions and scales. the vitality of the urbanism thus produced, has the ability to stimulate its own feedback loops and adapt to the circumstantial.

Each discrete unit is figural, identifiable and engenders a sense of autonomy and ownership. Floor plans are pragmatic, offering maximisation of utility and, in its iterative design process, a responsiveness and sensitivity to its orientation. The units are customisable, and directly linked to economies of scale, with a potential for pre-fabrication and / or in-situ construction.

Overall, the project prototypes urban form, articulating a clear architectural position through testing social interactions and demographic interplays at multiple resolutions and scales.The vitality of the urbanism thus produced, has the ability to stimulate its own feedback loops and adapt to the circumstantial.



Honorable Mentions



Inter-est: A social and spatial assembly of ‘what is between actors’.

By AtelierVA – Amsterdam, Netherlands

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Excerpts from the narrative: Interest is a intergenerational housing model on a urban scale. The concept is based on the idea that lifelong learning, besides knowledge, is about experiencing, networking and empathizing. From a sociological point of view, the modern campus should encourage both towns and gowns to build ‘weak ties’ between each other. These ‘bonds of familiarity’ are essential in the modern network society; they learn us how we are embedded in our society. Since we are slowly converging into a conscious species, our educational system should prepare us to live interdependently, in a common sustainable biosphere. Indeed a lifelong task.

The intergenerational urban framework proposes an informal “plug­in” of existing systems. Instead of building something from scratch, we re­assemble what is already there, from both social­cultural, ecological, economical and spatial viewpoints. During the participatory process we started, the best match between the systems was found, at the moment we combined the Stadsdorp Zuid inner circle groups of interest, and the students by course subject. This turned out to be the all encompassing narrative when re­assembling the district into an intergenerational urban campus.





By Alysia Bennett – Hobart, Australia

Location: Hobart, Australia

Excerpts from the narrative: Rather than relocating economically disadvantaged members of the community into ghettos, STEALTH reGENERATION aims to equitably house all whilst addressing one of the cities biggest issues: its lack of public transport. A recently abandoned freight rail line, connecting the CBD to Glenorchy, is being touted as an opportunity for a light rail passenger service, however the low residential density around proposed stations currently limits its viability. With very low private investment occurring in the regional city, increasing this density via typical apartment block models is difficult to realise and if it were achievable in this context it would force employment providers to relocate to another municipality. STEALTH reGENERATION proposes that new insertions are made in suburban driveways to accommodate the original owners as they near retirement, freeing up the existing dwelling for share house style accommodation for students. If such development occurred around proposed stations, the required density would be achieved without the need for private development; would facilitate intergenerational suburbs; create income for pensioners and be in keeping with the existing character.

STEALTH reGENERATION proposes an economical alternative model of housing, based on existing suburban infill typologies, in order to overcome the stigma and financial barriers associated with typical medium density housing models. The GRANNY WORK/SHOP pavilion model relocates the kitchen module from the rear ‘granny flat’ component to a front ‘work/shop’ pavilion, leveraging it’s amenity for a range of uses including a small shop, studio, secondary living space or a teaching space for gatherings of the U3A. This reconfiguration not only accommodates desirable lifestyles but allows physical connection, via light rail and domestic amenity, to an on-going engagement with Hobart’s creative culture.




Busted Boomers

By Timothy McDonald – Philadelphia, PA U.S.A.

Location: Philadelphia, PA U.S.A.

Excerpts from the narrative: As an inter-generational community, the project is designed to support the needs of ALL its residents. At the ground level, along Front Street, a day care center, aquatic center and gym, doctor’s office and restaurant act not only as desired amenities for all ages in this particular building but also the neighborhood, viable revenue for the development, and triples as essential services for seniors as they age. A large community space at the second level is at once a multi-purpose room for all residents, a small cafe, communal meeting and entertainment area.

At the 3rd and 4th levels, “community bedrooms” can be reserved by any resident for family members who want overnight visits. There are a wide variety of residential unit possibilities, all with private and public outdoor green space or balconies. The units are designed to be flexible and easily transformed into different sized units depending upon the demand. The building, from the 2nd to 5th floor is designed to be built in a modular factory. All residential units are designed from the same 16’- 0”x45’-0” module of space with many customizable configurations possible. “Family Units” are designed for young families that wish to live “down-the-street” but independent from one or more parents.

The roof of the project is an essential portion of the program. It has 100% green roof coverage, 3000sf of which is a large communal gathering “lawn” and projection screen/drive-in-movie style outdoor theatre, a series of “community gardens” where residents can grow their own food. Also unique to the project is its intention to become one of Philadelphia’s first “Passive House” Certified, Net-Zero-Energy-Capable residential communities and one of the country’s largest. Radically reduced heating and cooling demands based on a high-performance Passive House thermal envelope not only minimize utility bills, but provide superior air quality and thermal comfort.