Rapid urban growth and growing inequality has created a global crisis in housing that increasingly segregates the rich from the poor. Though not fully understood, there is a clear and parallel relationship between the size of a city and its level of socio-economic disparity: the larger the city, the less equal it tends to be. Physical and social segregation, which both reflects and perpetuates socio-economic disparity within a city, is a growing concern in cities worldwide – including Mumbai. The long-term success of a city depends on the collective well-being of all its inhabitants. To what extent can architecture support social inclusion and break down spatial segregation within the megacity?

arch out loud challenges competition entrants to design a mixed residence development on one of the last undeveloped sections of Mumbai’s coastline. Entrants will design for both the indigenous fishing community that has occupied the site for hundreds of years – as well as a new demographic drawn to the affluent neighborhood that now encompasses the site. Proposals should identify architectural and planning solutions that support integration between these socio-economically distinct communities.


Neil Denari – Neil M Denari Architects | UCLA AUD

Sylvia Lavin – Director of Critical Studies and M.A./Ph.D. programs, UCLA AUD

Joshua Ramus – Founding Principal, REX

Zeina Koreitem – Founder, MILLIØNS | Harvard GSD

Thom Moran – Founder, T + E + A + M | University of Michigan Taubman College

Tei Carpenter – Founder, Director, Agency-Agency | Columbia GSAPP

Ahmed ElHusseiny – Founder, AE Superlab

Olalekan Jeyifous – Artist/ Designer, Vigilism.com

Oana Stanescu – Founder, Oana Stanescu Design Studio | Harvard GSD

Nate Appleman – Director, HOK Sports Recreation & Entertainment

Ola-Dele Kuku – Architect & Artist

Andres Jaque – Founder, Andres Jaque Architects – Office for Political Innovation | Columbia GSAPP


Prizes total to $8,000

OVERALL WINNER – $5,000 + AO feature and certificate

3 Runners up – $1,000 each + AO feature and certificate

10 Honorable Mentions – AO feature and certificate

Directors Choice – AO feature and certificate


Advanced Registration: Jul 23 – Sep 10

Early Registration: Sep 11 – Oct 29

Regular Registration: Oct 30 – Dec 16

Submission Deadline: Dec 17

To register and view more info and models visit www.archoutloud.com/waste