The contest showcases the projects’ geographical locations and community-driven urban design proposals, in the context of the housing unit’s neighbourhood, including the social and urban environment.


The contest includes Key Performance Indicators (KPI) that the buildings exchange with each other to improve system efficiency in the case of both individual and collective houses. The indicators, considered in all the projects, can relate to global energy efficiency, weather adaptability, mobility, municipal services and user behaviour, amongst others.

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The Decathletes prove the value of the renovations through socio-technical considerations, responsiveness and neighbourhood suitability, with particular attention to intergenerational interaction and community involvement. Some projects study collective housing buildings in dense urban areas, while some others promote the grouping of houses in less dense areas. Teams describe the flexibility of the structures and sizes; possibilities for reuse and adaptability to future technologies and to the local building industry.

The contest considers aspects such as community investments, housing and transportation correlation and how these apply to all generations and population classes. The proposals indicate how the projects’ demanded energy is produced. The jury will look at what social, environmental and economic opportunities the projects provide to their neighbourhood and urban environment. The evaluation strongly considers the contribution of the KPIs to the efficiency and approaches to the future of smart cities.

The innovation of the contest targets how holistic approaches provide ideas on smart building-networks and what key information they exchange. The projects emphasise how density and transportation solutions contribute to environmental, social and economic sustainability, while addressing the production of the houses and the economic viability of industrialisation.


Teams will use innovative construction ideas and exhibiting opportunities to present their urban design and transportation strategies and demonstrate how collective housing or building-coupling contributes to smarter, energy efficient cities.