1st-area winners get $1,000. Runners-up get $500.
Salt Lake City leaders are hunting for methods to lower expenditures and streamline preparing procedures for creating cost-effective housing — from tiny houses to mom-in-law basement residences — and they are hoping money prizes will bring in talent to aid.
Salt Lake Metropolis Mayor Erin Mendenhall and other city officers on Wednesday announced a new levels of competition, named the Empowered Dwelling Structure Level of competition, to invite designers and architects to submit their ideas for small-footprint homes.
“We really don’t have a corner on the current market of good concepts,” said Mendenhall, who announced before this yr Utah’s capital town experienced an formidable aim to start out creating a grasp prepared very small dwelling neighborhood to dwelling the homeless and have some households completely ready for shift-in in advance of this wintertime.
After her announcement on the tiny household neighborhood, Mendenhall mentioned metropolis telephones commencing ringing. Several are keen to aid, the mayor reported, and the style and design competition in partnership with the American Institute of Architects and the Local community Development Corp. of Utah “is our reaction to that invitation from the style and design community to be a section of developing these answers.”
The profitable layouts will feed a “library” of design and style options property owners and city officials can use to enable expedite building and permitting procedures, which would enable minimize red tape and expenses, mentioned Blake Thomas, director of Salt Lake City’s community and neighborhoods office.
Metropolis officials are encouraging submissions of models for a standalone dwelling or cluster of modest cottages — also acknowledged as small homes — in a prepared growth, or an accessory dwelling unit (like a mom-in-regulation apartment) on a lot with a key home. Entries will be judged on five requirements: affordability, accessibility, sustainability, toughness and livability.
The competitors, Thomas mentioned, is intended to “raise the visibility and encourage creative imagination all around the ever-pressing challenges of housing affordability” and the need to have to broaden decisions for lower-cash flow Salt Lake Town citizens.
Thomas pointed to Utah’s challenging housing current market and mounting rental prices that are squeezing much more and additional reduce wage earners out.
“In Salt Lake City, a family desires to gain a blended wage of $23.15 an hour to find the money for a industry level, two-bed room apartment. And as the median gross sales value of a solitary loved ones property has soared to $551,000, the two for getting and leasing in our town are ever more unattainable for Salt Lake Town residents,” Thomas claimed. “Too several of our inhabitants are remaining priced out of our fantastic money town due to stagnant wages and file-high housing costs.”
Whilst the level of competition is not a “silver bullet,” Thomas stated, city officers hope it will be 1 piece of a “larger method to empower people to raise housing affordability and make a extra equitable town.”
The levels of competition seeks college students and style gurus — not just regionally, but nationally — to “harness their creative imagination to style smaller-footprint homes,” Thomas stated.
Candidates ought to sign-up on the web at bit.ly/empoweredlivingdesign by Sept. 10. Submissions are because of Oct. 29. The competition’s jurors will then overview submissions, choose winners and announce them at an awards gala prepared for December.
Two initial-spot winners will be awarded $1,000 funds prizes and may possibly be asked to acquire the design and style as a result of development documents, which could arise by way of a individual procurement and deal course of action, in accordance to town officials. Runners-up — the number of which metropolis officers have not still established — will be awarded cash prizes of $500.
For far more information, stop by the competition’s web site on the American Institute of Architects’ internet site.