Activate 14: Live/Work Micro-Dwelling Competition

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Members of the AIA North Carolina Activate 14 committee invite you to share your ideas on a new typology for urban housing: an eight-unit Live/Work micro-dwelling project. The site is a remnant city space that lies between a parking deck and a sidewalk in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA, a lively academic town centered around a university known for its research and entrepreneurial spirit. The site at 150 East Rosemary Street provides an opportunity for designers to explore and develop the following: Affordable live/work housing, Modularity and prefabrication, Environments that include natural ecology and sustainable lifestyles, Leftover city land as a resource for mending urban fabric.

This is an ideas competition generated by the presence of many left over spaces in our cities: unused setbacks, awkward lots and plots thought too small for normal projects. Together these remnant spaces account for a significant percentage of our urban landscape. There is a pressing need in towns like Chapel Hill for small, affordable live/work micro-dwellings to serve the new urban professionals and entrepreneurs of the 21st century. Live/work micro-dwellings concentrate activity in cities, reduce traffic, and lead to more vital urban places. The goal of this ideas competition is to generate innovative micro- housing: live/work dwellings on leftover pieces of land that can repair and enliven our cities.

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