Located right at the border with Russia, Kharkiv stands as Ukraine’s second-largest city and has been significantly impacted by the ongoing conflict. This historically relevant and industrial city now faces the pressing challenge of rebuilding its damaged urban fabric, with a particular focus on residential buildings and public spaces, to not only

repair but to also to improve the living conditions of its residents. This competition is part of the larger Kharkiv concept Masterplan project: a local and international initiative of the Kharkiv City Council, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) within the framework of the UN4UkrainianCities initiative, the Norman Foster Foundation, Arup, and the Kharkiv Architects Group, among others.

The competition seeks solutions that bridge the gap between innovative design and practical application. The task is to develop a modular system capable of retrofitting existing concrete panel housing blocks and enhancing public spaces, focusing on creating safe, energy-efficient, and vibrant neighbourhoods. Modular facade and roof components, bomb shelters, and integrating additional uses in ground floors should be considered as part of the intervention. The system should also provide solutions to re- erect severely damaged buildings with a renewed, yet locally rooted, architectural identity.

Participants have the opportunity to see their ideas come to life, making a tangible difference in Kharkiv’s recovery and long-term resilience. Winning concept design proposals will be further developed into detail designs for future construction. This will be done in collaboration with locals under an upcoming funded phase. Given the modular nature of concrete panel housing blocks, building designs were replicated across Kharkiv. Consequently, winning proposals for the selected competition site will be potentially applicable to other residential areas in the city. This is not just a call for creativity but a unique opportunity to positively impact the future of Kharkiv.


3 winning proposals and 6 honorable mentions will be selected. Buildner will award a total of 10,000 € in prize money to competition winners as follows:

1st Prize - 6,000 €
2nd Prize - 3,000 €
3rd Prize - 1,000 €


Early Bird Registration: MAY 6 – JUNE 5
Advance Registration: JUNE 6 – JULY 18
Last Minute Registration: JULY 19 – SEPTEMBER 12

Final registration deadline: SEPTEMBER 12, 2024
Closing date for submission: SEPTEMBER 19, 2024 (11:59 p.m. London time)
Announcement of the winners: OCTOBER 17, 2024

More: https://architecturecompetitions.com/kharkivhousingchallenge/


cash prize award: $ 10,768.00 USD