The Re-defining Home: Home Today, Home Tomorrow competition challenges architects and designers to create new standards in housing design so people can stay in their home as they travel through various life stages: from entering the workforce,  getting married, having a family, sending kids to college, becoming a grandparent, following personal passions with new careers and hobbies, and considering retirement.

The goal of the design challenge is to generate universal design solutions and build an attractive, adaptable and affordable home of the future that speaks to and showcases livability, by promoting both aesthetically- and functionally-appealing designs for better living.

In addition to the monetary awards to be made to three juried winning entries, the first place, winning design will be incorporated into a real-life home and publicly unveiled to provide an experiential learning opportunity for the general public.  The Home will also be offered to a deserving family.

Why This Competition Is So Important…

People overwhelmingly want to stay living in their homes and communities for as long as possible. But, livability isn’t about aging.  It is about comfort, convenience, safety and options throughout your life.  Yet, people tend to buy or live in homes based on their present-day circumstances…newly married, having kids, downsizing as empty nesters, accommodating health conditions, and more.  This can present challenge at other life stages.  Moving costs money, creates emotional stress, leaves behind precious memories, disrupts relationships, and creates impediments to accessing support services. Life is all about change!

Let’s alter the paradigm and re-imagine Home so it changes with our needs, as we evolve in life.  That’s what Re-defining Home: Home Today, Home Tomorrow is all about, and why it is so important.   It allows people to grow-in-place – expanding and contracting with a person’s life circumstances.

AARP, AARP Foundation, Home Matters and Wells Fargo have come together to present a new and revolutionary competition – to approach designing homes of the future in a completely different way. This design competition will challenge architects and designers to re-define the home of the future. Competition open to US residents only.  See FAQs for more info.

Competition Submissions Now Open Through May 11, 2016 

(submit by April 16, 2016 for reduced registration fee)

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