The location is at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, Dubai. 

The only change in the RFP is the extension of the deadline for submitting the proposal to June 30. This change affects other dates such as the deadline for submitting questions (updated to June 23) and selection of participating teams (late July). 

Please, find below the preliminary schedule of deliverable:


SDME 2020 


Schematic Design Documentation + Audio Visual 1 

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 

Design Development Documentation 

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 

Model + Audiovisual 2 

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 

Construction Documentation 

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 

Updated Construction Documentation 

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 

Competition Documents + Audiovisual 3 

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 

As built Documents 

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 

Yes, students that work in the project, as part of a team, that graduate before the final phase can participate in the competition as decathletes. 

No, in SDME 2020 there is no maximum footprint area, nor a limitation regarding the roofed area. 

 Yes, the teams can construct one or two stories dwelling units. 

 Yes, teams can design a single house or a multistory building and construct only one dwelling unit. 

The size of the projects will be limited by their Net Conditioned Area. The net interior conditioned space of the projects, measured as a floor area, shall be at least 70 mbut shall not exceed 110 m2. The exterior and interior walls, floor to ceiling partitions, columns, shafts, floor to ceiling closets, technical rooms, etc. are not part of the Net Conditioned Area. 

The lots area is 20 m x 20 m. The solar envelope limits the volume of the projects. The SDME Solar Envelope must have the shape of a truncated pyramid whose base area is 20 m x 20 m, and top plane is located at 7 m height, and has the area of 12 m x 12 m.