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          Empowered Living Design Competition
          AIA Utah, CDC Utah, and the City of Salt Lake
        • Category
        • International
        • Type
        • Open
        • Registration Deadline
        • 09/10/2021
        • Submission Deadline
        • 10/29/2021
        • Open To
        • Global architects, emerging professionals, residential designers, design students, and others. Competition Organizers, jury members, and immediate family members of competition jurors are ineligible.
        • Entry Fee
        • $50
        • Awards
        • Grand Prize: $1000
        • Jury
        • Darin Mano, AIA Mayor Erin Mendenhall Christopher A. Rose, AIA ASID Todd Reeder Jason Coulam
        • Contact
        • American Institute of Architects, Utah Chapter
        • Address
        • 280 S 400 W Suite 150 Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
        • Email
        • Competition E-Mail
        • Web Site
        • Competition Web Site
        • Phone
        • 801-532-1727
        • Description
        • Like many places throughout the country, home prices in Salt Lake City are rising faster than the incomes of residents. Recently, a lack of inventory has resulted in a significant increase in prices, making buying a home out of reach for many. Recent data shows that in Salt Lake County, the median home price increased 17% over the past year, while active listings along the Wasatch Front have dropped between 11% and 32% over the same time period. The City’s housing plan, Growing SLC, addresses this housing crisis through several forward-thinking objectives and measurable goals.

          In addition to addressing zoning policies that have been barriers to affordable housing development, the plan also identifies the need for a diversity of housing types. Goal 1, Objective 3 of the plan states that the City should “lead in the development of new affordable housing types, as well as construction methods that incorporate innovative solutions to issues of form, function, and maintenance” and that “small lot developments, cottage courts, and tiny homes are examples of housing trends that do not meet current zoning regulations but may be appropriate in some situations.”

          The purpose of the Empowered Living SLC Design Competition is to seek assistance from the design community in providing innovative solutions to the City’s housing shortage through the design of smaller residential units that could be located 1) in the yard of a primary residence (an ADU) or 2) on its own or part of a cluster of homes (Tiny Homes).

          Entries for this competition should address affordability as well as livability. By increasing the types of housing options, we can help meet the needs of households seeking places to live, particularly those who are low- and moderate-income. Under a separate procurement and contract process, submitted plans may be further developed through construction documents

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