Initiative 99

A global architecture competition aimed at designing accessible, beautiful, and dignified 3D-printed homes that can be built for under $99,000.

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We Believe That

Everyone Deserves to Live in a Dignified Home

Everyone deserves a safe and dignified place to call home, but for over 1.6 billion people in our world today, that’s just not the reality. Home ownership shouldn’t be a dream. A resilient, dignified and beautiful home should be accessible and affordable.

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We invite you to help us solve this problem with new and novel 3D-printed home designs. Now is your opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives by creating home designs that leverage robotic construction.

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Design a Home to Be Built for $99,000 or Less

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Design Freedom

ICON’s advanced 3D-printing technology allows for designs that leave traditional flat walls and boring boxes behind to build entirely new types of homes exploring new design languages and vernaculars.

If you’re an architect, a designer, a builder, student or just someone who cares, then join Initiative 99 to create a new, disruptive solution for affordable housing.

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The multi-phase, year-long competition offers a total prize fund of $1 million (USD). ICON is committed to building a selection of the winning designs at multiple locations to be announced in the future.


Looking for Innovative Designs

The jury consists of an expert panel of architectural practitioners, academic leaders, policy makers and non-profit organizations committed to realizing affordable housing solutions.

Michelle Addington

Former Dean of Architecture
@ University of Texas

Lucia Athens

Austin's First Chief Sustainability Officer and author of The Sustainability Revolutionists
@ City of Austin

Brett Hagler

CEO, Co-Founder
@ New Story

Bjarke Ingels

Founder & Creative Director

Melodie Yashar

VP, Building Design & Performance

Michael McDaniel

Director of Design & Strategy

The Tools

The Technology
That Makes it Possible

Robotic construction is faster, more efficient, and allows for entirely new forms of architecture.

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Registration Begins

May 23, 2023


Initiative 99

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Join the challenge and bring creativity, energy, and passion to make a difference in the lives of millions of people around the world.

Let’s create a better future with affordable, dignified homes for everyone. Sign up to stay informed of deadlines and developments with Initiative 99.