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City seeks big ideas for small lots

The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY) have launched “Big Ideas for Small Lots NYC.”

The design competition invites architects and designers to submit proposals that address the challenges associated with developing affordable housing on small lots throughout the five boroughs.

The competition is part of the Mayor’s Housing New York 2.0 plan, and furthers the City’s efforts to unlock underutilized sites for new housing.

“Home to world-class architects and design professionals, New York City has long been a laboratory for innovation,” said outgoing HPD Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer.

“With this competition, we’re tapping into the creativity and expertise of the design community — the best and the brightest — to spark big ideas for some of the City’s smallest and most challenging to develop lots.”
Big Ideas for Small Lots NYC is open to the design community and there is no entry fee.

Designs submitted through the competition will be evaluated by a panel of nine jurors, who are leaders in the fields of architecture, urban design, real estate development, and public policy.

Members of the jury include Hayes Slade, AIA, co-founder, Slade Architecture; 2019 President, AIA New York president Deborah Berke; NYC chuef urban designer Claudia Herasme; AJ Pires, president, Alloy Development and; Claire Weisz, FAIA, principal in carge, WXY Architecture + Urban Design
HPD and AIANY are inviting architects and designers to submit designs for small-scale urban infill housing within the City’s portfolio.

The competition is comprised of two stages. Finalists for Stage I will be awarded $3,000 by AIANY, and their designs will be exhibited at the Center for Architecture. HPD will organize a series of workshops and networking sessions for finalists, in conjunction with AIANY, to facilitate the formation of development teams and aid finalists in developing their submissions for Stage II.

HPD will then choose to designate one or more development proposals formulated in Stage II to be developed for affordable housing on City-owned land.

Design proposals must all focus on a single site, but also include how they can be translated to develop affordable housing on 23 other City-owned sites located in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and the Bronx.

Teams must submit their designs by March 24, 2019, and first stage finalists will be announced in May 2019. Finalists’ designs will be featured at an exhibition at the Center for Architecture in the summer of 2019, and they will submit final Phase II development proposals in the fall. HPD expects to designate sites for development in late 2019.

“Given the ongoing housing crisis, this is a great opportunity to show how design can afford space for more homes in a city like New York. I look forward to seeing what our creative community generates and to celebrating those ideas that show how impactful architecture comes in all shapes and sizes,” said AJ Pires.

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