reGEN BOSTON: Energizing Urban Living, 2013 | An international competition, For ideas in Housing
What would a competition be without a friendly housing smackdown? ReGEN Boston invites designers to create the most innovative, yet practical, multi-unit style housing typologies for urban living of the century on one of two city owned sites. This ideas competition pits the solutions generated for two distinct sites in the Boston Harbor against one another to see which ideas come out on top. Competition entrants are encouraged to consider the following criteria for their entries:
_reconnect residents with Boston waterfront
_create a sense of communal inclusion on the site (public program element)
_housing geared towards all walks of life (students, families, elderly, disabled, etc.)
_a sustainable and affordable housing model to help inform the future of Boston housing
_innovative methods of creating social connection between residents
Multi-generational Housing (Component 1)
Competitors should develop solutions that improve urban lifestyles in the City for multi generational users. The idea should create and foster a sense of community between generations, contextualized within the existing and evolving neighborhoods. Entrants should consider how their designs will engage with or ignore the site’s existing conditions. While thinking of the urban lifestyle entries should also address connections to water front access, public space, and city infrastructure.
Public Space (Component 2)
Entries must consider public space as an integral part of the design. Create an active, engaging and energetic community presence within the design that is universally accessible. Parks, plazas, walking path and unimagined solutions can serve as examples.
Unique City Infrastructure (Component 3)
This component challenges designers to incorporate their design into the larger context of the city’s existing infrastructure, while creating a destination tied to the fabric of the community. Designers are asked to develop unique solutions that compliment their housing strategy. Think urban farming, hubway stations, transit extensions, future environmental considerations; to name a few. Winning entries must court reality.
*For the Condor site designers are not required to use the whole site, however a minimum of 91,000 sf (the footprint of the north end site) must be developed. Entrants can develop as much of the site as they would like and the remaining will be given to the city for remediation.
A winning submission will consider the guidelines above, and challenge the normative housing models of Boston and city living at large.
Step 1: Register for competition by Tuesday October 1st. You will receive an email with an entrant number within 3-5 business days.
Step 2: Submit two presentation board in PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org, the submission must include your entrant number in the subject and body of the email. The deadline to submit materials is Friday October 18th
More details HERE!