International Architecture Competition

New York
Affordable Housing
Challenge

Results

Foreword

Competition organisers

New York 
Affordable Housing 
Challenge New York 
Affordable Housing 
Challenge

Official Partners

New York 
Affordable Housing 
Challenge New York 
Affordable Housing 
Challenge New York 
Affordable Housing 
Challenge

The New York Affordable Housing Challenge arises from a critical awareness of the various demands that shape contemporary urban experience. In the thick of an historic period, an apogee of capitalism and globalization, a profusion of issues abound in the city: concurrent growth of population, services, and economic opportunity, in parallel with disparate inequality and inflationary real estate. For many, the consequence has lead to a housing market vastly out of reach, either by affordability or geography. A culture once distinguished by ownership and private property is stipulated by lease and scarcity. This competition recognizes the responsibility of architecture and its discipline in a systemic issue entwined between the built environment, policy, economics, and culture.

Successful entries challenge conventional and precedented architectural solutions, to an issue in all fairness, unique in scale and proportion. Well considered submissions engaged polyvalent solutions, to sites scattered throughout the greater metropolis of New York City. Projects most notable pursue invention through the agency, and instrumentality of an architectural element or system, redefining the culture, economy, and experience of urban domesticity by means of space, material, morphology, or structure. These projects are distinguished by rationality, singularity, and imagination.


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1ST PRIZE WINNER

Project Name

The Table Top

Country

United States

Project authors

Lap Chi Kwong
Alison Von Glinow

jury commentary

The success of the first place proposal for the New York Affordable Housing competition lies in its use of a few simple modular elements aggregated to create a heterogeneous whole which serves to generate new modes of interaction between the inhabitants, their neighbors, and the public. Three basic unitized forms - circle, square, and rectangle - each made up of a slab and four columns stack, rotate, collide, and aggregate to create different unit types. The associated cost of the formal relationship between units is offset by the basic post and slab construction system of precast concrete. A simple storefront glazing system mediates between the units and the exterior while wood cabinets enclose private spaces and bathrooms. These stackable “table tops” are also scaled and dimensioned to adapt to disparate site conditions, from a one unit wide walk-up, to a tower with setbacks of cascading balconies. Most importantly, the rotations and collisions create apertures in the slab between units which form a liminal realm that serves as both public circulation and communal courtyards. These spatial juxtapositions generate unique thresholds, serving as intimate spaces for prolonged or chance encounter reflecting an updated notion of the stoop or porch ideal in the age of distraction.

2ND PRIZE WINNER

Project Name

Out-Of-Site

University

University of north carolina at charlotte

Country

United States

Project authors

Peter Wong
Christopher Jarrett
Nazinin Modaresahmadi
Robert Stubbs
Bee Breeder's university rankings
+92 POINTS

jury commentary

The second place proposal stands out for its successful implementation of modular units to create a morphological housing strategy. Drawing from Le Corbusier’s unit type for the Unité d'Habitation, the second place proposal employs an L-shaped housing unit, both in plan and section, to create a variety of massing arrangements. Rather than proposing a dense housing block of modular components, the combination achieves various organization and form uniquely weaving exterior space throughout. The courtyards developed between units break down traditional barriers between public and private in social housing, creating opportunities for public engagement between neighbors and the city at large. At the smallest scale of the Harlem site, units are organized to engage the street in a similar manner to the surrounding context while providing an additional layer of public engagement through voided balconies. At the scale of the UN site, a strategy of larger voids is introduced to maximize exterior surface for greater opportunities of daylight, cross unit engagement, and connection to the street. At the East River Site, the units are combined to reinforce a horizontal massing lifted on pilotis, allowing continued public use of the waterfront pier. The selection of three varied New York sites demonstrates how morphologically robust the modular unit is by adapting to sites of different scale, shape, and context.

3RD PRIZE WINNER

Project Name

New York Affordable Housing Challenge

Country

China

Project authors

Liyang Chen
Yao Zheng

jury commentary

The third place entry for the New York Affordable Housing Challenge was unique in its proposition for a new paradigm of living that is as much social as it is spatial. The proposal is a simple slab and column structure with vertical circulation and mechanical systems pushed to each end to create a free plan. Each inhabitant has the ability to erect their own non-structural columns with fabric retractable walls, creating a terrain of private rooms within the common space of the floor. The spaces of the building can accommodate many types of users and family sizes, adapted to fulfill any requirement, indexing through use the varied and changing nature of its inhabitants. The deployable partitions create landscape of public and private space, achieving a rich and interior urbanism of zones and functions negotiated between each inhabitant. This new model for domesticity is a powerful interrogation of how affordable housing can be achieved by minimizing costly and redundant private spaces in order to utilize shared infrastructures and amenities. Through the collectivization of common areas, the proposal creates a generosity of space that is both flexible in its use and its function, creating a home that is no longer a series of bounded rooms with a predefined set of behaviors.

RISING STAR AWARD (STUDENTS ONLY)

Project Name

New York ParaSiTe housing

University

Escuela técnica superior de arquitectura de sevilla

Country

Spain

Project authors

Antonio González Viegas
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+52 POINTS
NYB GREEN AWARD

Project Name

Forging The Upward Frontier

Country

United States

Project authors

Ryan Anthony Ball

Honorable mentions

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Project Name

Angle 10

Country

United States

Project authors

Petar Petricevic
Ksenia Chernobrovtseva

Project Name

The Adaptive Platform: Affordable Housing Above the City

Country

United States

Project authors

Seth McDowell

Project Name

Activity-Stacked Neighbourhood

University

Chuhai college of higher education

Country

Hong Kong

Project authors

Jasmine Sik Chi Chan
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+72 POINTS

Project Name

Instant City: Living Air-Right

Country

United States

Project authors

Chang Kyu Lee
Beomki Lee

Project Name

Marcy Houses: A Case Study of Social Housing in New York City

Country

United States

Project authors

Hans Maarten Wikkerink

Project Name

The "Bricks"

University

University of california berkeley

Country

China

Project authors

Steven Huang
Eko Liu
Bee Breeder's university rankings
+72 POINTS

Shortlisted projects

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United States

niccolo baldi
anne mcternan
frederick cooke

United States

Smith College

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+22 POINTS
julia franchi scarselli

United States

University of Oregon

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+22 POINTS
joel-laurent mbala-nkanga

United States

kit von dalwig
philipp von dalwig
susana de zarraga

United States

City University of New York

Bee Breeder's university rankings
+22 POINTS
marija gjorgjievska

United States

Blackney hayes architects

yang dai
sarah hayes
scott axel
ariel vazquez

Canada

University of Toronto

Bee Breeder's university rankings
+22 POINTS
yin ting wong

Brazil

livia zanelli de morais
thamires bressan
gabriel costa macorin
eduardo rodrigues ferreira

United States

lap chi kwong
alison von glinow

United States

elizabeth roberts
richard delpilar

United States

petar petricevic
ksenia chernobrovtseva

Russian Federation

Moscow Institute of architecture - MARHI , Московский архитектурный институт - МАРХИ

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+22 POINTS
anna vylegzhanina

United States

christine williams
jeremy jerge

United States

ian sheng
yifan wu
ning zhao

Italy

simone zanini
luca soldati
andrea lui
carlo andrea vescovi

China

University of California, UC Berkeley

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+72 POINTS
steven huang
eko liu

United States

adham kasem
john russell beaumont
christopher gardner

Russian Federation

alexey sirotkin
mikhail sergeev

United States

bronwyn breitner
luigi ciaccia
scott mikawa
catherine earley

United States

Bailey edward

ellen dickson
robin whitehurst
damon wilson
alejandro martinez

United States

UNC Charlotte: The University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Bee Breeder's university rankings
+92 POINTS
peter wong
christopher jarrett
nazinin modaresahmadi
robert stubbs

United States

david yum
danielle fleischmann
eujin son
sara karine falque

Netherlands

arjan hebly
lennart aben
bjarne van der drift
lennart aben
bjarne van der drift
lenneke slangen

Brazil

renata becco pedrosa
rebecca campos leite alencar
aline aguiar
isabelle carvalho

China

wenyi zhu
jia qi
miao xu
yiyuan qian

Australia

John henry architects

john henry
michael rostami

Italy

rosa carlino
amanda campodonico
caterina pendolino
lucia carrubba

Brazil

giuliana bello
fernanda hardt
guilherme takahashi

United States

chang kyu lee
beomki lee

United States

george kontaroudis
michail-karolos keranis
dimitrios stivaros

Hong Kong

Chu Hai College of Higher Education

Bee Breeder's university rankings
+72 POINTS
jasmine sik chi chan
 

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