GreenWorks

design competition

iscrizioni entro 21/11/08 | consegna entro 12/12/08

In Santa Fe, an aggressive real-estate market, expensive land, high building costs, and complicated development processes and land use practices have all contributed to higher home prices. Work force employees can’t afford 80% of the properties listed within the city limits. Consequently, residents, many whose roots in Santa Fe go back generations, have been priced out of the housing markets where they work, forcing them to either move or commute long distances from areas they can afford to jobs in the city.

Through annexation, a large concentration of affordable housing has been recently created on the south side of the city, while expensive market rate prices are maintained within the city’s historic core. City leaders and officials recognize this problem and understand that affordable development within the city’s core is a more efficient use of the urban land surplus and existing infrastructure as it lowers the cost of public services like transit, sidewalks, water and sewer, school, and public safety. Despite City policies that encourage infill housing and the integration of affordably-priced housing into highly valued neighborhoods, many residents in Santa Fe actively speak out against new development in the urban core.

The GreenWORKS design competition was conceived in response to this challenge. The designs solicited through the competition will not only meet Santa Fe’s new green building code, as well as the criteria of Green Communities, but also conform to historic design standards. Importantly, the winning design will integrate at least two affordably-priced homes into the project, reserved for buyers with moderate incomes who would normally not be able to afford homes in this neighborhood. Another aspect of the competition is to incorporate feedback from the community into the design so that when the project is built, it reflects the values of the surrounding neighborhood.

Web Site competition
www.greenworkscompetition.org

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