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Team Contained

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A city supported by infrastructureInfrastructure
A collaborative cityCollaboration
A city for peoplePeople
Housing the cityHousing
A city of great placesPlaces
A well connected cityConnected
Jobs and skills for the cityJobs
A city in its landscapeLandscape
An efficient cityEfficiency
A resilient cityResilience


Contained proposed a low-cost community solution repurposing and fitting out disused shipping containers to provide affordable housing for low-income earners.

This scheme, developed by William Liu and Vishal Patel seeks to address the increase in homelessness and housing security during the pandemic.

Housing affordability is a big issue in Greater Sydney and providing a cheaper housing solution could be one of the answers.

The judges thought this was a good, low-cost solution that could provide a step-ladder to home ownership. The idea encompasses the sustainable housing goals well and builds on concepts developed elsewhere. While not the intent of the pitch, the judges thought the containers could also provide good emergency accommodation after natural disasters including flood and bushfire.

Meet the team

William Liu

I’m William, a year 12 student at Sydney Grammar School. My favourite subjects of economics and geography have helped to drive my exploration of the world around us and the more pertinent issues in society. I was drawn to the Young Changemakers Challenge as it offered an opportunity to potentially reshape the future of Sydney and tackle social challenges that our generation will have to face. In the future, I hope to study commerce and information systems at university and use my experiences there to help drive further positive change.

Vishal Patel

I’m Vishal, a year 12 student at Sydney Grammar School. My aim is to study an engineering and commerce double degree. The Young Changemakers Challenge enabled me to design a creative solution to the critical issue of social housing whilst also allowing me to understand the business aspects including funding options and regulations. I am a keen advocate for helping the less fortunate and I believe all the ideas that have been pitched have undoubtedly helped shape Greater Sydney into a more equal and sustainable city.

Submission video


Helen O'Loughlin

Director and former Social Commissioner

Helen has over 20 years experience at a senior level in government initiating and driving strategic change in policy and program design and delivery.

Currently the director of Strategic Solutions, Helen is an expert in social and affordable housing, community development, and urban strategic and social planning.

A strong leader and effective collaborator, Helen has lead teams to address complex challenges working across the government, not for profit, and private sectors and with the wider community to develop new approaches based on sound research and analysis.

Dr Chris Martin

UNSW - Senior Research Fellow, Housing Policy and Practice

Chris' research interests are in rental housing and housing affordability.

Chris has led and participated in numerous inquiries and research projects for the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI), the Australian Research Council (ARC) and other research funders.

Chris was previously the Senior Policy Officer of the Tenants' Union of NSW, and is the author of the 'Tenants' Rights Manual' (4th edition), the leading text on tenancy law and policy for tenants and community workers in New South Wales. He is also a past Chair of Shelter NSW.