Atlanta extends deadline for housing design competition

The Atlanta Department of City Planning has extended the deadline for the domestiCITYAffordable Housing Design Competition.

domestiCITY is a two-phase design competition that will explore best practices and innovative strategies for the planning, design, construction, and operation of affordable and sustainable developments in increasingly urbanized areas.

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.

In August, the Department launched the competition, a program seeking innovative design ideas to promote more affordable housing options in the city of Atlanta. The competition calls for organizations to propose feasible models for designing and constructing multi-family affordable housing units.

The city of Atlanta will award $150,000 to the top six design proposals. The competition focuses specifically on the redevelopment of Santa Fe Villas, but the model will be replicated for other affordable housing projects in Atlanta.

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.

Submissions were originally due Nov. 14, but have now been extended to Dec. 20.