18 May 2022

Architectural body aiming to unlock Longford's housing issues


A competition is underway that is looking for innovative ideas to improve Ireland’s housing sector, including in county Longford

The Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF) and The Housing Agency have announced details of a competition that is looking for innovative ideas to improve Ireland’s housing sector, including in county Longford.

Called ‘Housing Unlocked’, the initiative is calling for architects, together with people from a variety of disciplines and members of the public with a common interest in housing, to team up and submit ideas to solve housing issues in towns and villages in Longford.

Entries are now open, with practical ideas and creative thinking being sought in the areas of density, construction technologies, social inclusion, environmental and other issues. A jury of high-profile judges will select around eight submissions which will each receive funding of €7,500 to develop their proposals into an exhibition piece. The exhibition will open to the public in September this year.

Bob Jordan, CEO of The Housing Agency, said: “We are seeking innovative and practical solutions that address the housing issues in Ireland. We are asking applicants to share practical solutions to the everyday issues that they are facing when it comes to delivering homes.

“We would like to invite architects, in collaboration with all those who are interested, to apply for the opportunity to be featured in the public exhibition later in the year.”

All submissions must be made through an online form on the ‘Housing Unlocked’ website at, where further information is available. Entering teams must include at least one member with a qualification in architecture.
The closing date is midnight on April 24.

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