The Department of City Planning is hosting an exhibition of the top six submissions for the domestiCITY design competition. Launched in August 2017 with technical support provided by Enterprise Community Partners and Assist Inc. Community Design Center, domestiCITY is a design competition that explores best practices and innovative strategies for the planning, design, construction and operation of affordable and sustainable developments in the City of Atlanta.
The domestiCITY submissions will be on exhibit at the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) until April 30, 2018 and will culminate at Atlanta City Hall for the Department of City Planning’s Customer Appreciation Day in May.
“This is but the first of an endless campaign by the Department of City Planning to engage the private sector on creative ideas for affordable housing,” says Tim Keane, Commissioner of the Department of City Planning. “It’s time that we approach affordable housing with beautiful design in mind. We’re appreciative to our finalists for investing their time and talent to identify new ways to design and build affordable housing on a broad scale in Atlanta but also across the country and internationally through pioneering design.”
Earlier this year, an independent jury panel comprised of design leaders, affordable housing experts and community representatives ranked the submissions based on: architectural innovation, architectural programming, economic feasibility and project replicability. The top two finalists are Utile (Boston) and Lord Aeck Sargent (Atlanta). Also being recognized for their submissions are Sadyr Khabukhayev (Kazakhstan), David Baker Architects (San Francisco), Siyi He & Yixin Ren (Rhode Island School of Design) and MPN Partners (London/Vietnam).
DomestiCITY is the first affordable housing design competition in the Southeastern region. The competition called for teams to propose creative and replicable models for designing multi-family affordable housing units. Site specific requirements were based on the potential renovation of Santa Fe Villas, a four-acre 147-unit supportive housing development in southwest Atlanta.