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And the Winners Are: New Housing New York Competition Winners

Inspiring designs for affordable, sustainable housing on view through March at NYC's Center for Architecture.

by ArchNewsNow
February 10, 2004

One of the major challenges facing most metropolitan centers in the world is affordable housing. It is not a new challenge by any means, but the search for solutions has changed radically since the days of tenements and gargantuan public housing complexes. There have always been issues such as zoning, density, construction costs, and design quality – and let’s not forget NIMBY-ism (not-in-my-backyard) – when it comes to affordable housing. Contemporary urban centers now must deal with additional considerations such as sustainability and accessibility.


Nowhere is this more evident than in New York City. Last fall, the “New Housing New York” design ideas competition was launched to generate new ideas in affordable and sustainable housing design for housing production in the city. It was initiated by the City Council in cooperation with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) New York Chapter and the City University of New York. It was developed in partnership with the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, the NYC Department of City Planning, and the NYC Department of Buildings. A co-sponsor of the competition is the New York State Association for Affordable Housing (NYSAFAH).


The competition received 160 entries, and the winners were announced yesterday. An exhibition of the winners opens February 11th at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place and will run through March.


The competition solicited proposals for housing designs for three specific sites around the city: a brownstone/townhouse infill in Manhattan; an 11-acre waterfront site in Queens; and a large avenue, full block frontage area in Brooklyn. 


Time (and budgets) will tell if the winning solutions become part of the public/private toolbox – both in New York City and elsewhere.


And the winners are…


Manhattan site – 1st Prize: Choi Law, A.V.K. Group, Irving, Texas 


Queens site – 1st Prize: Arte NY


Brooklyn site – 1st Prize: Blostein/Overly Architects, Ohio 


Manhattan – 2nd Prize: Andrew Berman Architect

Manhattan – 3rd Prize: SYSTEMarchitects

Manhattan – Honorable Mention: Motonobu Kurokawa


Brooklyn – 1st Honorable Mention: Sven Schroeter, Karen Hock

Brooklyn – 2nd Honorable Mention: Mitchell/Giurgola Architects


Queens – 2nd Prize: Judith Kinnard, AIA, Noel Murphy, Assoc. AIA

Queens – 3rd Prize: Deborah Berke & Partners


(Click on the link above for a complete list of winning teams and exhibition details.)


A total of $45,000 in cash prizes was awarded to the prizewinners. First place prizes are $10,000, second place, $3,500, and third place, $1,500.


The jury: Carmi Bee of Rothzeid Kaiserman Thomson and Bee; Carlton A. Brown of Full Spectrum of NY, LLC; Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts; Hugh Hardy, FAIA, Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates LLP; M. David Lee, FAIA, Stull and Lee, Inc.; Michael Pyatok, FAIA, Pyatok Architects Inc.; Susan S. Szenasy Editor-in-Chief of Metropolis Magazine; and Gregg Pasquarelli, ShoP/Sharples Holden Pasquarelli.

Professional advisor: Lance Jay Brown, FAIA



(click on pictures to enlarge)

(Choi Law)
Manhattan site - 1st Prize: Choi Law, A.V.K. Group, Irving, Texas

(Arte NY)
Queens site - 1st Prize: Arte NY

Manhattan - 3rd Prize: SYSTEMarchitects

(Sven Schroeter, Karen Hock)
Brooklyn - 1st Honorable Mention: Sven Schroeter, Karen Hock

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