AARP/AIAS Livable Communities Phase Two Design Competition

Sponsor: AARP / American Institute of Architecture Students
Type: Student
Location: Various
Language: English

Fee: $10 / Free for AIAS Members

Eligibility: All Current students and recent graduates
Registration Deadline: September 16
Submission Deadline: September 30
Winners announced by October 19
First Place $6,000 (AIAS Chapter: $1,000)
Second Place $4,250 (AIAS Chapter: $500)
Third Place $2,150 (AIAS Chapter: $300)
Three Honorable Mentions: $500 each
Four Merit Awards: $75 each
To be Announced
Design Challenge:
Communities of all sizes across the United States are applying the concept of livability to holistically address a range of challenges, such as a growing population of older residents, rising housing costs, and limited transportation alternatives. AARP has defined a Livable Community to be “places where people of all ages and abilities have affordable and accessible housing choices, as well as public buildings, retail and services, parks, and streets that meet their needs to stay safe and comfortable in both their homes and neighborhoods.”

Utilizing the features present in the community master plans submitted to last year’s AARP competition, designers are challenged to further investigate the designs for ways to improve on and grow the ideas of the livable community. Pulling from the livable community designs, AIAS and AARP are looking to students to create attractive, flexible and user-friendly housing designs that utilize the basic ideas of sustainability, accessibility, livability and visitability. Addressing these needs in housing prior to construction ensures that both the housing development and the surrounding community will continue to be energetic and a desirable place to live for all.

Submission Requirements:
Entries must be uploaded through this Web site by 5:00 pm, Eastern Time, on Friday, September, 30 2011. If the submission is from a team of students all student team members will have the ability to upload the digital files. Once the final submissions are uploaded no additional edits, uploads, or changes can be made.
A final Submission upload must contain the following files in a single (ZIP) folder not exceeding 20 MB:

  • Completed submission information cover page including all team members and faculty sponsors
  • Each of the four 20″X 20″ boards individually as high resolution Portable Document Format (PDF) files, or as 150 DPI Image (JPEG, TIFF or GIF) files
  • A copy of the design essay as a high resolution Portable Document Format (PDF) file or Document (DOC) file

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