Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

NYC design competition for "micro" apartments about 300 s.f. in size

The project is called "adAPT NYC."  (Press release)

While the city intends to build an entire building of micro-apartments, see "Efficiencies Wanted; Emphasis on Efficient" from the New York Times, I think it makes more sense to mix "housing types" within "multiunit" buildings, not just different types of apartments/housing units segregated-offered by building.

From the article:

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced a city-sponsored competition to design an apartment building full of “micro-units” with 275 to 300 square feet of living space. Each would include a kitchen and a bathroom, but no closet.

City officials said they hoped the building would become a prototype for a new model of tiny, but affordable, housing.

Apartment buildingFor example, you can have a multiunit building where the lower floor apartments are set up like rowhouses, while other floors can include the equivalent of micro apartments, managed Single Room Occupancy housing, and "regular" apartments.

There would still be separated use by floor, but within a building, so not functioning in the way that separated uses traditionally function in neighborhoods and commercial districts, with wide swathes of various monouses (single family detached housing vs. industrial vs. commercial vs. garden apartments vs. high density multiunit, etc.).

The NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development will hold a pre-submission conference for potential design teams on July 31, 2012 at the American Institute of Architects’ Center for Architecture.

The deadline for proposal submissions is September 14, 2012.

-- Download the RFP at the adAPT NYC RFP webpage

Also see "Waterfront housing formula: views, viable rents, very little space: Mayor pushes micro-units to lure young to S. Boston" from the Boston Globe and "Crammed Into Cheap Bunks, Dreaming of Future Digital Glory" from the New York Times.

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At 3:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ikea already has this in their show rooms

At 5:32 PM, Blogger Carla said...

It seems like a really important project. You would be surprised to know that the same companies that hold construction projects also rent some of them to tourists of common inhabitants. LAst year I travelled to Argentina and began to talk to the lade that worked for the Real Estate company that had given me the Buenos Aires temporary rent. They said that half of the apartments they build are sold and half used for rentals!

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