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Miami is facing two major emergencies.
First, it has become the least affordable US city to live in. Its housing stock has been depleted by its quickly
growing population, accelerated by more people moving during the recent pandemic. Recent reports suggest
nearly 1000 people are moving to Florida each day. New developments are pushing rental rates and costs of
housing higher, making areas now unaffordable, and pricing people out of their neighborhoods.
Miami’s second major emergency comes from the growing realization that the housing it does have is greatly
threatened by rising sea levels caused by climate change. Miami Dade County contains 26% of all U.S. homes
at risk from sea level rise. Some insurance companies are canceling service for high risk flood zones,
potentially leaving a portion of the population homeless after a major hurricane.
These two problems, combined together, demand new solutions for housing in Miami. How can we design
solutions that not only create affordable housing but also make it resilient to the looming problem of sea-level


The problems of sea-level rise and housing affordability in Miami merge together as a new phenomenon called
“climate gentrification”. Current residents of neighborhoods located on the higher ground within the city are
being displaced by coastal residents looking to escape the rising seas and flooding.
Little Haiti and Little River are two bordering neighborhoods located north of downtown Miami just west of
Biscayne Bay. They have rich cultural histories filled with Haitian and Caribbean residents who have lived in
these neighborhoods their entire lives, and some for multiple generations. However, recently they have
become hotspots for new developments and climate gentrification. This is primarily due to parts of the
neighborhood having higher elevations that attract developers to invest in new buildings, making rent and
home prices rise higher than the longtime residents can afford. The northern edge of these areas is at high risk
of sea-level rise due to its proximity to the Little River Canal, further amplifying the number of displaced
Underlying all of new development and revitalization happening in the neighborhoods is the question of where
will the current residents continue to find affordable housing near their current homes and communities? And, if
they do find housing, how can they protect themselves from the risk of getting displaced again due to sea-level
Arch Out Loud is calling on designers to propose solutions for floating housing in Miami’s Biscayne Bay.


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10 Honorable Mentions
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Director’s Choice Award
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Jacob Brillhart | Brillhart Architecture
Vishaan Chakrabarti | PAU
Henry Dominguez | HD Design Lab
Jeff Huber | Brooks + Scarpa
Shawna Meyer | Atelier May
Elaine Molinar | Snohetta
Koen Olthuis | Waterstudio.NL
Asser Saint-Val | Artist
Max Strang | STRANG
Teri Watson | YEN Studio
Marion Weiss | Weiss/Manfredi


$55 Advanced Entry: Ends August 02, 2022
$75 Early Entry: Ends September 27, 2022
$95 Regular Entry: Ends November 8, 2022
Submission Deadline: November 9, 2022 (11:59pm EST)
Results Announced: December 2022


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cash prize award: $ 8,000.00 USD