Frequently Asked Questions

Contestants are invited to submit their questions about the competition and its conditions and program by May 30, 2014.

Please send questions to the email address

Please write “Q & A” in the subject line.

Selected questions will be publicized on the competition’s FAQ page, which will be updated on a regular basis.

Question 1

Question: Must the unit’s tenants be a family, or can the unit be split into several sub-units, each with a different purpose?

Answer: The tenants do not necessarily have to be a family. Individual interpretations may be suggested regarding the number of tenants and the division of the space.

Question 2

Question: Is there a programmatic definition of the required density? I assume that the required density is not appropriate for housing that is attached to the ground.

Answer: No, this housing is not attached to the ground. There is no definition of required density, but submissions must take into account the actual urban context in a northern or southern city in Israel.

Question 3

Question: Does KKL-JNF intend to construct multi-storey units, or at least multi-unit structures, for demonstration purposes?

Answer: The visitors’ center that is to be built will be fully accessible, and it will meet all legal requirements for accessibility of public buildings. In addition to a detailed plan for the model as a demonstration center, the planners must also submit a conceptual plan of the model as part of the urban complex. The visitors’ center that is to be built will be a model of a single unit of the complex.

Question 4

Question: Will the solution also include the open spaces at the site, taking into account the fact that to achieve a high standard of environmental quality, careful attention must be paid to the proper combination between built-up and open areas? Will it also take into account technologies such as the treatment of reclaimed water, which are more suitable for a residential complex?

Answer: Yes.

Question 5

Question: Is there a limitation on the area of a typical residential unit?

Answer: Yes - it must be up to 100 square meters. There is no minimum, but care must be taken to ensure that the unit will be able to serve all the purposes defined in the relevant statutes in the program booklet and the competition rules regarding the planning goal and task.

Question 6

Question: It has been stated explicitly that this is not an ideological competition. The site where the unit is to be proposed was not stated.

Answer: The contestants must define the site, including its climatic conditions, and make mention of it in the planning.

Question 7

Question: I am interested in competing on the professional track. May I register first, and then decide who my team members will be?

Answer: Yes, as long as the submission fee matches the number of team members in accordance with the competition rules, and the team leader (whether it is you or someone else) is an architect registered in the Register of Engineers and Architects.

Question 8

Question: Why can’t architectural engineers register for the competition independently? As an independent architectural engineer who has several employees and is certified by the Standards Institute as a consultant on the 5281 Green Building Code, I would like to register for this competition. 

Answer: This decision was made by the competition’s steering committee. We invite you to register for the competition together with a registered architect.

Question 9

Question: Can a team register for the competition if its members are young architects who are registered, but do not have their own company (unlicensed)?

Answer: Yes.

Question 10

Question: Do we have to send in the registration form, Appendix A, at this point?

Answer: No. The registration form must be filled out at the registration stage.