Urban Housing Competition in Charlotte, NC by: ACTIVATE North Carolina

Submission: May 02, 2016
Registration: April 27, 2016
Language: English
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
Prizes: Top prize $3,000 & Merit award(s) $1,000
Type: Open


Members of ACTIVATE NC invite you to share your ideas on contemporary housing in the inner city. The site is located along South Mint Street in Charlotte, North Carolina. Charlotte has an intense and vibrant Uptown Center City surrounded by leafy suburbs. The competition site is within walking distance of the Uptown district and is representative of an in between zone that is neither Center City nor suburban. Thus it may be considered a resource for connecting different parts of the city that are currently separate.

  • Designers are invited to explore and develop the following:
  • Live/work dwellings for young professionals or entrepreneurs
  • Traditional dwellings for families
  • Offices and shops
  • Urban outdoor space
  • Indoor and outdoor environments that nourish ecologIcal and sustainable lifestyles

This is an ideas competition generated by the need for new ways of dwelling in our growing cities.

The competition encourages a housing type that blends different income levels and demographics and helps knit together the fabric of the city. A building boom of multifamily housing is underway in many of our growing cities , but very little of it is designed for its place or program. From Charlotte to Seattle multifamily housing tends to look the same. This competition asks entrants to create a design that embraces diversity, that is designed specifically for a site in Charlotte, and that is a good neighbor to small scale houses, streets, and light commercial and industrial buildings.


•The site is located along the South Mint Street Corridor, on the corner of South Mint and Summit Avenue. It is a combination of 4 lots along South Mint Street. Addresses are noted below in the aerial photograph. Link to Mecklenburg County GIS: http://polaris3g.mecklenburgcountync.gov
•Design should include minimum of 8 live/work dwellings at 1,200 sf each, a minimum of 8 family dwellings at 1,800 sf each , and a minimum of 4,000 SF of office or retail shop space that is easily subdivided. All office or retail space should be located on the ground level. Density is encouraged.
•25% of each type of residential unit will be fully accessible to people with disabilities .
•25% of the site should remain open and may be used for community gardens, Farmer’s Market, or other activity.
•Provide parking for residents’ cars. Parking may be adjacent to the dwelling or remotely located on the site.
•Provide bicycle parking.
•Existing buildings on site will not remain, but existing street parking will remain.
•Zero setbacks along West Summit and South Mint Streets; 20’-0” setbacks next to residential areas and 10’-0” setbacks next to business areas.


The competition is open internationally to all students in a certified architectural program, un-licensed design professionals, and licensed Architects. Individuals or teams may submit more than one entry, but each entry will receive separate ID numbers and require an additional entry fee.


Top prize *$3,000
Merit award(s) *$1,000
* exact amounts based on sponsorship and number of submissions


Announced February 10, 2016
Registration Opens February 24, 2016
Registration Closes April 27, 2016
Submission Deadline May 2, 2016
Jury Deliberates May 2016
Announcement of Winner May 2016
Exhibition statewide mobile exhibit through the remainder of the year


1. Registration
To register online, go to https://aiancawards.secure-platform.com/a and complete the process. The registration fee is $50 (USD). Multiple entries will require a registration fee with each. You will need to give your project a title in this step. This title must be unique and anonymous. It must not contain any description of yourself or any firm or company information.

2. Application
Once you have registered and submitted your registration fee, you will be sent a link to complete the rest of the submission process online.

3. Project Description
No more than 250 words. Contestants should read judging criteria, and use this written portion to portray how their design is sensitive to the surrounding areas and facilitates community interaction.

4. Graphics
Two 24”x36” boards (portrait orientation) as hi-res PDF. Title as [your project title]_Boards
Boards may include additional drawings and images as deemed necessary by entrant, but boards are required to include:
• Site plan oriented north up
• Site and/or building section
• One rendered exterior
• One rendered interior
• Your project title

5. Physical Model (Optional)
There are no material restrictions. Participants may submit model photographs instead of a physical model, or physical models may be delivered or mailed to:

ACTIVATE NC: Competition
14 E Peace Street, 2nd floor
Raleigh, NC North Carolina 27604

Submit materials electronically to aiancawards.secure-platform.com by 5:00 PM EST on May 2, 2016.

Go to the competition’s website