Artists: learn more about a new housing design competition

A housing design competition that focuses on North Minneapolis communities affected by foreclosure will help revitalize the neighborhood and attract artists to the community. "Bearden Place: A Housing Competition in the Artists’ Core," is sponsored by the City of Minneapolis, the Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC), and its Builders Outreach Foundation (BOF) as part of the strategy and commitment to rebuilding the Willard Homewood neighborhood affected by foreclosure.

The property in the Willard Homewood neighborhood is rich in architectural tradition, but heavily impacted by foreclosure. The competition is to design six, live/work units for the site, located at the northwest corner of Plymouth and Sheridan avenues North. In the past two years, significant resident commitment has focused efforts on revitalizing this neighborhood with a marketing campaign targeted to bringing artists into the community. The housing design competition reinforces those efforts for continued rebuilding.

The sponsors are calling for innovative and creative ideas that address issues and challenges of designing high quality, affordable/entry-level home ownership; spatial flexibility and live/work space; sustainable building practices and materials; design for a range of lifestyle choices and family configurations. Market rate units will not exceed $175,000, and the development needs to meet MN GreenStar Bronze Certification for new construction.

The competition is meant to harness the skills, energy and ideas of the design community in this rebuilding effort. Participating architects and designers are encouraged to engage landscape architects, artists, social scientists, and other creative disciplines on their teams.

BATC/BOF will serve as the developer and will manage the entire construction process. BATC members will work with the selected design team to provide construction and cost management of the winning scheme, resulting in a built housing project that demonstrates a successful method of collaboration that can be modeled for other development opportunities on City-owned properties of various scales.

For more information on the design competition visit the katherine.white@minneapolismn.gov; (612) 673-5238. Site visits are scheduled for March 17 and 29 at noon. A public exhibit of design entries is scheduled for June 2010.

Submissions are due Wednesday, April 21, by 5 p.m. and should be mailed to:
"Bearden Place Housing Design,"
Attn: Katie White
Minneapolis Department of Community Planning & Economic Development
105 Fifth Avenue South, Suite 200,
Minneapolis, MN 55401.

March 9, 2010

Published Mar. 10, 2010