Asheville, NC - Activate NC’s announced the winners for its international “Missing Middle” Housing Competition on Friday November 10, 2017. The competition’s goal is to provide housing ideas to the city of Asheville that would both fit appropriately within single family neighborhoods while providing greater density and affordability in Asheville’s urban core. The site chosen for the competition is within walking distance of the emerging River Arts District, and is edged on one side by a tract of city owned land known as Murray Hill Park. Consideration for it’s location along with the topography of the land were major factors in the selection of the piece for the competition as well as for the jurying.
Four projects were chosen for awards. A Honor Award was given to “River Arts Row”; a Merit Award was given to “District Village”; a Merit Award was given to "Bartlett Commons"; and a Citation was given to “Artist’s Court”.
The jury, lead by jury chair Doug Hecker from Hecker Studio in Asheville, judged the entries based on criteria which included site sensitivity, topography, and space, form and materials. Hecker was joined on the jury by Amanda Loper from David Baker Architects in San Francisco, and Sasha Vrtunski with the City of Asheville. Overall, the jury noted that the projects were able to highlight some of the challenges of building denser communities in challenging landscapes.