Register: DEC/20/2017, Submit: DEC/20/2017, Eligibility: Architects, urban planners, engineers, design professionals, developers, students; individually, teams; Phase 2 – winning team must include a licensed architect, engineer and developer; Fee: Free, Awards: 1st Place 20,000 USD + 30,000 USD (stipend to develop the project), 4 Runner-up 20,000 USD each, “Architectural Innovation Award” 20,000 USD (additionally 1 of 5 entries), up to 10 Honorable Mentions
Rural-to-urban migration and natural population growth in urban centers over the past decades has resulted in a dramatic “urbanization” of North America’s geopolitical landscape. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, 71.2 percent of the U.S. population resided in areas with 50,000 or more people, with the 48 largest urban areas accounting for more than half of the U.S. urban population. This rapid population growth in metropolitan areas has resulted in a severe scarcity of housing stock, a veritable “housing crisis” that most acutely impacts lower-income households. Without proactive implementation of affordable housing plans in urban centers, unchecked growth will have detrimental effects on the long-term livability and health of our communities.
As a representative example of many North American cities, Atlanta’s metropolitan population is expected to grow by 2.5 million residents in the next twenty years. In response to this anticipated growth, the domestiCITY design competition has been organized to explore best practices for the design and construction of affordable housing specific to the city of Atlanta, Georgia: these best practices might then be extrapolated for implementation in other urban environments.
The competition seeks innovative proposals on how to balance the financial and spatial challenges of development in heavily populated areas with the social and economic needs of existing and future communities. Project teams are asked to submit a proposed site plan and an associated building parti along with ideas for economic feasibility, architectural innovation, architectural programming, and project replicability. Contestants should consider how their proposals empower and respond to the needs of the communities served, and how their design solutions allow longevity in the maintenance of new and existing facilities.
The domestiCITY competition site consists of two adjacent parcels totaling approximately 7.1 acres. These parcels are privately owned by two distinct entities: Santa Fe Villas comprises approximately five acres and is owned and operated by the not-for-profit Urban Residential Development Corporation (URDC), while the abandoned Town & Country Hotel Courts comprises the remaining two-plus acres. Entrants should incorporate both parcels in their design proposals.
The design competition aims specifically to redevelop Santa Fe Villas, a 4-acre, 147-unit transitional housing development along a low-density commercial corridor in south Atlanta, improving access to affordable housing through strategic densification, social revitalization, & mixed-use new construction. The physical redevelopment of the Santa Fe Villas, combined with new-construction on an adjacent 3-acre abandoned motel site, will ultimately serve as a built prototype for affordable housing solutions along under-developed commercial corridors in Atlanta and in other rapidly-growing population centers throughout North America.
The competition site is located at 2370 Metropolitan Parkway SW, in the Perkerson Park neighborhood at the southernmost edge of Atlanta city limits. Adjacent neighborhoods include Jefferson Park, Hammond Park, River Park and Sylvan Hills. The site is approximately five miles south of downtown Atlanta, five miles north of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and three miles east of downtown East Point. The development site is bounded immediately to the east by a densely foliated undeveloped parcel owned by “Go Auto Exchange”; to the south by the freeway interchange connecting Interstates 75 and 85; to the north by a 26-acre paved parking lot also owned “Go Auto Exchange”; and to the west by Metropolitan Parkway.