OPEN: Live/Work Micro-Dwelling Competition


Registration Closes Friday, August 22, 2014
Submission Deadline 11:59PM Sunday, August 24, 2014 (EST)

Members of the AIA North Carolina Activate 14 committee invite you to share your ideas on a new typology for urban housing: an eight-unit Live/Work micro-dwelling project. The site is a remnant city space that lies between a parking deck and a sidewalk in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA, a lively academic town centered around a university known for its research and entrepreneurial spirit. The site at 150 East Rosemary Street provides an opportunity for designers to explore and develop the following:

Affordable live/work housing
Modularity and prefabrication
Environments that include natural ecology and sustainable lifestyles
Leftover city land as a resource for mending urban fabric
This is an ideas competition generated by the presence of many left over spaces in our cities: unused setbacks, awkward lots and plots thought too small for normal projects. Together these remnant spaces account for a significant percentage of our urban landscape. There is a pressing need in towns like Chapel Hill for small, affordable live/work micro-dwellings to serve the new urban professionals and entrepreneurs of the 21st century. Live/work micro-dwellings concentrate activity in cities, reduce traffic, and lead to more vital urban places. The goal of this ideas competition is to generate innovative micro- housing: live/work dwellings on leftover pieces of land that can repair and enliven our cities.

The competition winners will be publicly announced at the Activate 14 Urban Housing event held at the Center for Architecture and Design (CfAD) in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA, on Saturday, September 13th, 2014. All entries will be displayed at CfAD and the ideas will be discussed at an Urban Housing Symposium. Arrangements are being made to display the entries in Chapel Hill at a later date, and at the annual AIA North Carolina Design conference whose theme this year is “Community Building(s)”

Competition Website

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