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Submit your ideas to the Syria: Post-War Housing Competition for a chance at 6,000 EuroApril 23rd, 2016

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The Syrian refugee crisis needs your help. While the country’s civil war continues to rage on with no end in sight, MatterBetter is seeking out the help of architects and designers to prepare for the post-war future. While refugees continue to escape the country, there are those who hope to oneday return to their homeland; however, the war has left many towns in ruins, leaving Syrians who wish to return nowhere to come back to. To prepare for the future, MatterBetter has launched the Syria: Post-War Housing competition, an international call for ideas that seeks research proposals for new housing concepts. Both students and professionals are welcome to participate. The total prize pool is 6,000 Euro, which will be divided among the top three winners. The late registration deadline is April 23, 2016 and the closing date for submissions is May 8, 2016.

April 23rd, 2016

May 8th, 2016



The total money prize is 6000 EUR.

1st place: 3000 EUR + certificate

2nd place: 2000 EUR + certificate

3rd place: 1000 EUR + certificate

Honorable Mentions Award: 7 Awards + certificate

Editor’s Choice Award: granted individual publication on our blog and social media pages to three entries that are carefully selected by matterbetter editors.

Top 50: Fifty short-listed entries featured in one single online publication on our blog and social media pages.


There are no restrictions in regards to the size of the housing block or its location within Syria’s border. The objective is to provide maximum freedom for all participants to develop a project in the most creative way and to push the boundaries of how the new post-war housing should look like. However, it is required to provide a detailed scheme of the smallest (or key) housing unit(s) and the principle of their arrangement in large groups. See contest page for more details.


Urko Sanchez (ES/KE) – Founder Urko Sanchez Architects

Felix Madrazo (NL) – Co-Founder Inter.National.Design

Riccardo Luca Conti (UK) – Executive Director Catalytic Action

Laurens Bekemans (BE) – Founder BC Architects

Rune Asholt (DK) – Chairman Architects Without Borders (Arkitekter Uden Grænser)

Cristina Cassandra Murphy (US) - Owner XCOOP, former OMA

Daria Polozkova (NL/RU), Founder The ART GLOBE and art-director of Mir-Expo