opens February 24, 2016
closes April 27, 2016
May 2, 2016
Members of ACTIVATE NC invite you to share your ideas on contemporary housing in the inner city. The site is located along South Mint Street in Charlotte, North Carolina. Charlotte has an intense and vibrant Uptown Center City surrounded by leafy suburbs. The competition site is within walking distance of the Uptown district and is representative of an in between zone that is neither Center City nor suburban. Thus it may be considered a resource for connecting different parts of the city that are currently separate.
- Designers are invited to explore and develop the following:
- Live/work dwellings for young professionals or entrepreneurs
- Traditional dwellings for families
- Offices and shops
- Urban outdoor space
- Indoor and outdoor environments that nourish ecologIcal and sustainable lifestyles
This is an ideas competition generated by the need for new ways of dwelling in our growing cities.
The competition encourages a housing type that blends different income levels and demographics and helps knit together the fabric of the city. A building boom of multifamily housing is underway in many of our growing cities , but very little of it is designed for its place or program. From Charlotte to Seattle multifamily housing tends to look the same. This competition asks entrants to create a design that embraces diversity, that is designed specifically for a site in Charlotte, and that is a good neighbor to small scale houses, streets, and light commercial and industrial buildings.