good design,

when done well,

becomes invincible.

domestiCITY [an affordable atlanta] is structured as a two-phase design competition that will explore best practices & innovative strategies for the planning, design, construction, & operation of affordable & sustainable developments in increasingly urbanized areas.

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.

COMPETITION TIMELINE

Q&A Submission Deadline

October 23, 2017

Competition Registration

October 30, 2017

Competition Submission

November 14, 2017

(5 PM Pacific Time)

Phase I Winner Announcement

December 13, 2017

Phase II Final Submission

January 31, 2018

Competition Exhibition

February 12 – March 26, 2018

USD $150,000 TOTAL CASH PRIZE

The best proposals will be selected by an independent jury. The total cash prize will be distributed to individual winners.

ONE x USD $50,000

$20,000 first place award plus an additional $30,000 cash stipend to further develop the project pro forma.

FOUR x USD $20,000

Four Runner-Up Awards.  The submissions will rank from “two” to “five”.

ONE x USD $20,000

1 out of the 5 entries will recieve an “Architectural Innovation Award”.

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ten Honorable Mentions

The jury will also select up to ten “Honorable Mentions” to be displayed along with winning entries during a public exhibition that will occur following the conclusion of the competition.

COMPETITION TIMELINE

Q&A Submission Deadline

October 23, 2017

Competition Registration

October 30, 2017

Competition Submission

November 14, 2017

(5 PM Pacific Time)

Phase I Winner Announcement

December 13, 2017

Phase II Final Submission

January 31, 2018

Competition Exhibition

February 12 – March 26, 2018

domestiCITY is sponsored and funded by the City of Atlanta Department of City Planning, with technical support provided by Enterprise Community Partners and Assist Inc. Community Design Center.  The competition is organized by a steering committee consisting of designated officers and staff from the supporting organizations.  The steering committee has appointed a panel of independent jurors, consisting of community leaders, professional experts and local residents, which have been charged with evaluation of submissions and selection of winning entries.

Please direct all press inquiries to Melissa Martin mjmartin@AtlantaGa.Gov.

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Please direct all press inquiries to Melissa Martin mjmartin@AtlantaGa.Gov.

Copyright 2017 ASSIST Inc.  Internet Services dontated by XMission.