On March 26, 2014, the four student finalist teams traveled to Emerson, New Jersey, to visit the project site. The site visit provided a valuable opportunity for students to walk through the site, study its topography, and see the surrounding neighborhood. Students were also able to see the American Legion building’s historic elements firsthand, including the original house built in 1770, which now serves as the kitchen.
The site visit also served as an opportunity to discuss the second phase of the competition, in which the finalists will be asked to further refine their plans and innovative solutions for the project site. Finalists will present their plans at HUD’s Washington, DC headquarters on May 6, 2014, where the jury will make its final selection of the winner and runner-up teams. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan will announce the winners at the event. More information can be found here.
Congratulations to the 2014 HUD Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition Finalists
Graduate student teams from the New York University/Columbia University, New York University, University of Michigan, and the Ohio State University will compete in the final phase of the inaugural Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition. The four teams will make their proposals for development of veterans affordable housing in Emerson, New Jersey on May 6 at HUD Headquarters.
Please visit our website to register or view the webcast information.
Read the press release here.
The team registration has been closed. The deadline was Friday, February 7, 2014.
The Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition(IAH) is a new HUD initiative to encourage research and innovation in affordable housing, to raise practitioner and future practitioner capacity, and to foster cross-cutting team-work within the design and community development process.
The Importance of a Team Approach
This competition is designed to encourage research and innovation in affordable housing, to raise practitioner and future practitioner capacity, and to foster cross-cutting team-work within the design and community development process. The IAH will join the suite of annual PD&R awards for community planning, historic preservation, and affordable housing design.
Transforming our Communities
The need for quality, affordable housing has never been greater. At its best, housing can help strengthen the social and physical fabric of communities and neighborhoods. It is the hope of HUD and PD&R that by initiating and funding this competition, a new generation will advance the design and production of livable and sustainable housing for low- and moderate-income people through research and innovation.
Making it Actionable
The IAH competition has been designed to replicate a real-life approach. Multi-disciplinary teams comprised of graduate students in architecture, planning and policy, finance and other areas will be asked to address social, economic, and environmental issues in responding to a specific housing problem developed by an actual public housing agency (PHA). Learn More.