The Better Living Challenge

Calling all designers, innovators and thinkers... Submit an idea or concept for low-income housing improvement and help make South Africa a better place.

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The Better Living Challenge.
The Better Living Challenge.

Design is about making a difference… In support of this idea, the Cape Craft & Design Institute along with the Western Cape Government’s 110% Green initiative have launched a competition inviting all designers to submit ideas and concepts that can be used for low-income home improvements.

The Better Living Challenge is a competition that calls for designers and innovators to showcase ideas and concepts that are innovative, affordable and environmentally sustainable. 

The competition is open to professional designers and well as back-yard inventors who have a concept or an existing product. 

Ideas and concepts can be entered into three categories:

Structural Home – looks at affordable products, materials and systems that can be used in the construction phase of a home.

Comfortable Home – looks at products, services and systems that can help create enjoyable internal environments.

Connected Home – looks at products, services and systems that can help connect a home to its immediate surroundings, both physically and digitally.

Each entry will be judged on a selection of criteria including the use of green technology, sustainability, affordability and whether the concept has a human-centred design approach and adequate social impact level. The judging panel will be made up of a range of industry experts in the fields of design, architecture, manufacturing engineering, the built environment and business.

Submit your idea or concept today and stand a chance to win one of three general support packages to the value of R500 000 to commercialise your home improvement solution. By submitting, your entry could be featured in a demonstration showcase at the end of the year. 

Students can compete for one of three R40 000 cash prizes. 

Entries are already open and will close on 31 May 2014.