A design entry by UNC Charlotte School of Architecture students Naz Modaresahmadi and Robby Stubbs and faculty Peter Wong and Chris Jarrett (SoA director) won second prize in the New York Affordable Housing Challenge, an international architecture competition sponsored by New York Build 2017. The competition posed the question: “How do we use the limited resources, both in terms of plots of land and the availability of finance, to create homes and communities that can continue to be diverse and open to all?” Participants were asked to design a pilot-phase concept for affordable housing in New York City. The jury included Brittany Utting of Thomas Phifer and Partners, John Paul Rysavy and Daniel Jacobs of SHoP, Jenna Dezinski of University of Texas Austin, and Philip Anzalone of New York City College of Technology. More than 90 teams submitted proposals; winners were announced on March 15.
The UNC Charlotte team’s proposal, Out of Sight, presents an L-shaped, 280-square-foot configuration “that can be arranged in multiple orientations to expand space beyond ones expectations." The proposed unit was placed into three different proposed locations and situations: a United Nations site, a Harlem site, and a site along the East River. See full descriptions and renderings here.
Naz Modaresahmadi is a Master of Architecture student; Robby Stubbs is a Bachelor of Architecture student. Both will graduate this year.
Out of Sight