adAPT NYC – design competition for new housing modelThe Art Dossier on July 17, 2012 with 0 Comments
Last week Mayor Bloomberg announced the new competition adAPT NYC – a program that welcomes innovative ideas to accommodate NYC’s changing demographics and lack of living space.
The competition involves designing self-contained micro-units (approximately 275 to 300 square feet) that will include kitchens and bathrooms. Under current regulations, NYC’s housing code does not allow micro-units but Mayor Bloomberg will waive the regulations at 335 East 27th Street in Kips Bay to test the new housing model.
“Developing housing that matches how New Yorkers live today is critical to the City’s continued growth, future competitiveness and long-term economic success,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “People from all over the world want to live in New York City, and we must develop a new, scalable housing model that is safe, affordable and innovative to meet their needs.”
Proposals will be judged on “affordability and competitive land purchase price; innovative micro-unit layout and building design; and experience developing housing in New York City.”
Architects who are interested in submitting a proposal should take notes from Hong Kong-based architect Gary Chang who transformed a tiny apartment measuring 344 square feet into a 24-different-rooms apartment.
For more information on adAPT NYC, please visit: www.nyc.gov