From the Ground Up: Innovative Green Homes


ARO and Della Valle Bernheimer (New York)

Cook + Fox / Terrapin Bright Green (New York and Washington, DC)

Onion Flats, including Andropogon Associates, Rivera Structural Design, and MaGrann Associates (Philadelphia, PA)

Competition finalists
Adjaye / Associates (London and New York), including BriggsKnowles A+D, THEM (Lynch+Crembil), Derek Porter Studio, and Studio Lisa Maione (New York and Kansas City)

Erdy McHenry Architecture + Stenson (Philadelphia and Syracuse)

Office dA and Architecture Studio Himma (Boston and Seoul)

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A design competition for the single family house. The intention of the competition is to draw out the most advanced thinking about design, sustainability, and cost-effective building practices. The competition sponsors intend to see the winning scheme(s) realized and will endeavor to build the jury’s top ranked design Summer/Fall 2009. However, competition sponsors reserve the right not to build any of the submitted projects, or to select one of the alternate designs, depending on the strength of the submissions, the resources available, and how the mechanics of the project unfold.

Category Project Competition / Competition Result
Type International, Project, RfQ, Restricted, Two-Stage, Onymous (first stage)
Genre Housing, Sustainability
Country Syracuse, NY
RegDeadline 15 September 2008 GoogleCal iCal
15 September 2008 (Must be Received)
Eligibility Architects

With worldwide interest in green design and the necessity for sustainable communities, a powerful opportunity to design affordable single-family houses that respond to current economic, social, and environmental challenges presents itself. From the Ground Up seeks to provide a new model for formerly vital, urban residential neighborhoods throughout the United States through the creation of sustainable, affordable housing. Selected teams will work on infill sites, proposing designs for an 1,100 to 1,500-square-foot single-family home to be built in the Near Westside neighborhood of Syracuse, NY. The goal of the competition is to create innovative designs for cost-efficient, green prototypes that are sensitive to the scale and composition of the existing conditions, while providing a new vision that is legible to a wide array of existing and potential residents.

From the Ground Up is a two-stage competition. Up to three teams will be selected to compete through this open call, joining four pre-selected design teams (Adjaye / Associates, Cook + Fox / Terrapin Bright Green, Della Valle Bernheimer / ARO, Office dA / Architecture Studio Himma).

For this initial stage, design teams are invited to submit a booklet of relevant past projects and qualifications for consideration. A committee will review the received submissions and choose up to three teams to compete for the competition.

Barry Bergdoll, The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art
Edward Bogucz, Executive Director, Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental Systems, Syracuse University
Julia Czerniak, Director, UPSTATE: A Center for Design, Research, and Real Estate, Syracuse University School of Architecture
Julie Eizenberg, Principal, Koning Eizenberg Architecture
Bethaida Gonzàlez, President, Syracuse Common Council
Marilyn Higgins, Vice President, Community Engagement & Economic Development, Syracuse University
Carol Horan, Near Westside Resident
Paul Lewis, Principal, Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis
Jason Pearson, President and CEO, GreenBlue
Kerry Quaglia, Executive Director, Home HeadQuarters, Inc.
Mark Robbins, Dean, Syracuse University School of Architecture

Design Commission
Teams selected for Stage II will each receive $25,000 to prepare their entry

Entry Fee

Letter of Interest, Sketchpad, Team Overview, Team Composition and Portfolio, etc.

Submission Address
Syracuse University Housing Competition
Syracuse University School of Architecture
Slocum Hall
Syracuse, New York 13244

Submission Booklets Due: 9/15/08
Short-listed Teams Notified: 10/1/08
Competition Brief Issued: 10/1/08
Information Session in Syracuse: 10/2008
Competition Entries Due: 12/15/08
Exhibition of Entries Open: 1/2009
Winner Announced: 1/2009
Design Development and Construction Documents: Winter/Spring of 2009
Construction: Summer/Fall 2009

Home HeadQuarters, Inc., Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems, Syracuse University School of Architecture

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