The National Building Fund calls for ambitious, innovative, and creative ideas to develop Neighbourhoods for Generations.

Neighbourhoods for Generations are places that invite for sociability and mutual support, where people of all ages are seen and valued as members of their stairwell, housing block, and neighbourhood.


Due to demographic changes and urbanisation, cities and neighbourhoods are facing multiple, converging challenges including a lack of affordable housing, an increase in social segregation, poor access to health and social services, and worsening rates of mental health. How can we form more socially sustainable and affordable places for people of all ages to live and rethink the way we plan, organise, live and interact in our cities?

Global challenges call for interdisciplinary solutions

We call on people of all professions, backgrounds, and levels of seniority to submit ideas contributing to the development of the Neighbourhoods for Generations concept. From academic groups and departments, to urban strategy and design firms, housing start ups, public service providers and social support services, to name a few, we encourage interdisciplinary submissions from all relevant sectors. We encourage fresh proposals, but also welcome innovative ideas and concepts from other contexts.

Projects, concepts, and activities included under the heading Neighbourhoods for Generations concept could be:

  • Urban space design, strategy, & programming
  • Service system design
  • Housing & neighbourhood typologies
  • Digital tools & apps
  • Communication & engagement platforms
  • Community process design
  • Art & Play installations

Be awarded up to 500,000 DKK to develop and showcase your idea

Develop your idea with financial support and showcase it to the world

The four most innovative ideas submitted will be selected as winners of the competition. In addition up to 10 ideas will receive honourable mentions on the website and be part of the competition’s exhibition.

The four selected ideas will receive financial support and expert advice to develop and adapt ideas to one of two case sites in Axelborg and Høje Gladsaxe, Denmark. The winning ideas that are developed will be exhibited in Copenhagen and presented at the UIA World Congress of Architects and the Danish Non-profit housing sector’s 'Almene Boligdage' - all part of Copenhagen being the World Capital of Architecture 2023 (, a major forum for discussing the future of our cities.

Winning teams will receive:

  • 350,000 DKK (excluding VAT) to finance further development of the initial pitch.
  • A dedicated profile on the Neighbourhoods for Generations website.
  • Expert support and advice from Neighbourhoods for Generations’ secretariat and partners during a development process.
  • Exhibition in Copenhagen as part of World Capital of Architecture 2023 to an international audience, the non-profit housing sector and general public.
  • Access to, and participation in, debates at UIA World Congress of Architects and Almene Boligdage.
  • Up to 150,000 DKK (excluding VAT) to cover exhibition materials, construction, and maintenance. Of which, up to 35,000 DKK (excluding VAT) to cover travel and accommodation costs associated with participation expenses in Copenhagen.


We want your ideas! The National Building Fund invites you to help shape the future of non-profit housing through this open call, leading to an exhibition and opportunities to share your thoughts during the World Capital of Architecture in Copenhagen 2023.

Dec 2022
Open Call
Competition start
17 Feb 2023
Open Call
Deadline for submitting ideas
Submit Idea
27 Mar 2023
Results and winners notified
Apr - May 2023
Further development
Dialogue with winning teams
May 2023
Winners and honourable mentions announced
Jun 2023
Exhibition opens
2 - 6 Jul 2023
UIA World Congress of Architects
30 Sep 2023
Almene Boligdage