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Department of City Planning Hosts domestiCITY Affordable Housing Design Exhibition at the Museum of Design Atlanta

Post Date:04/04/2018 3:17 PM

Mayor’s Office of Communications
55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500 • Atlanta, Georgia 30303  

Anne Torres, Director
404-330-6423, office
404-904-2618, cell
amtorres@atlantaga.gov

Alnissa Ruiz-Craig, Deputy Press Secretary
404-546-1463, office
404-548-6407, cell
aruizcraig@atlantaga.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 4, 2018 

 

Department of City Planning Hosts domestiCITY Affordable Housing Design Exhibition at the Museum of Design Atlanta

ATLANTA – The Department of City Planning is hosting an exhibition of the top six submissions for the domestiCITY design competition. Launched in August 2017 with technical support provided by Enterprise Community Partners and Assist Inc. Community Design Center, domestiCITY is a design competition that explores best practices and innovative strategies for the planning, design, construction and operation of affordable and sustainable developments in the City of Atlanta. 

The domestiCITY submissions will be on exhibit at the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) until April 30, 2018 and will culminate at Atlanta City Hall for the Department of City Planning’s Customer Appreciation Day in May. 

“This is but the first of an endless campaign by the Department of City Planning to engage the private sector on creative ideas for affordable housing,” says Tim Keane, Commissioner of the Department of City Planning. “It’s time that we approach affordable housing with beautiful design in mind. We’re appreciative to our finalists for investing their time and talent to identify new ways to design and build affordable housing on a broad scale in Atlanta but also across the country and internationally through pioneering design.” 

Earlier this year, an independent jury panel comprised of design leaders, affordable housing experts and community representatives ranked the submissions based on:  architectural innovation, architectural programming, economic feasibility and project replicability.  The top two finalists are Utile (Boston) and Lord Aeck Sargent (Atlanta). Also being recognized for their submissions are Sadyr Khabukhayev (Kazakhstan), David Baker Architects (San Francisco), Siyi He & Yixin Ren (Rhode Island School of Design) and MPN Partners (London/Vietnam).

DomestiCITY is the first affordable housing design competition in the Southeastern region. The competition called for teams to propose creative and replicable models for designing multi-family affordable housing units.  Site specific requirements were based on the potential renovation of Santa Fe Villas, a four-acre 147-unit supportive housing development in southwest Atlanta.

For more information on the competition, including images of winning submissions, visit the competition website: http://domesticity.org/ 

Enterprise Community Partners

Enterprise is a leading provider of the development capital and expertise it takes to create decent, affordable homes and rebuild communities. Our mission is to create opportunity for low- and moderate-income people through affordable housing in diverse, thriving communities. For 30 years, Enterprise has introduced neighborhood solutions through public-private partnerships with financial institutions, governments, community organizations and others that share our vision. Enterprise has raised and invested more than $13.9 billion in equity, grants and loans to help build or preserve 300,000 affordable rental and for-sale homes to create vital communities.

ASSIST Inc. COMMUNITY DESIGN CENTER

ASSIST Inc. is an independent nonprofit Community Design Center founded in 1969 by the Graduate School of Architecture at the University of Utah and the Utah Society of the American Institute of Architects. For over 45 years ASSIST has been providing architectural design, community planning and development assistance to nonprofit and community groups; housing repair for low income households; and accessibility design assistance to people with disabilities.  ASSIST is located in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

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