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Design a tiny home community to help fight homelessness and you could win $1,500!May 22nd, 2015

Raleigh, Activate14, Activate14 Affordable Housing, tiny home, tiny home community, tiny home competition, 2015 tiny home community ideas competition, aIA north carolina, Raleigh/Wake Partnership to End and Prevent Homelessness

Unused vacant land and homelessness are two major problems faced by almost every city in the world. To address these issues, the AIA North Carolina Activate14 committee and the Raleigh/Wake Partnership to End and Prevent Homelessness launched the 2015 Tiny Home Community Ideas Competition. Open to designers, architects, and students from around the world, the competition seeks ideas for a twelve-unit community of low-cost, prefab tiny homes to be located on 4 vacant lots in Raleigh, North Carolina. The goal of the competition is to “generate innovative micro-housing communities that can repair and enliven our social fabric and help people transition out of homelessness.” The winner will receive a $1,500 cash prize. There is a registration fee of $50 and registration ends May 22, 2015. The submission deadline is May 31, 2015.

May 22nd, 2015

May 31st, 2015



Top prize: $1,500

Merit award: $250


1. Registration

Registration fee is $50 (USD). Multiple entries will require a registration fees with each. See link above to complete the process. Registration opens Monday, February 23rd.

2. Application

An application form and unique ID number will be sent to you upon registration. Title as [ID#]_Application

3. Graphics

Two 24” x 36” boards as hi-res PDF. Title as [ID#]_Boards

Boards may include additional drawings and images as deemed necessary by entrants, but boards are required to include:

Site Plan

Site and building sections

One or more rendered exteriors

One or more rendered interiors

ID number in top right corner

and other diagrams and images as you see fit.

4. Project Description

No more than 250 words submitted as one-page PDF. Contestants should read judging criteria, and use this written portion to portray how their design is sensitive to the needs of the residents and facilitates community interaction. Title as [ID#]_Project

5. Physical Model (Optional)

Model of typical unit at ¼ inch = 1 foot. There are no material restrictions. Out of state and international participants may submit model photographs instead of physical model. Physical models should be delivered to:

Activate14 Tiny Homes Competition

14 East Peace Street, 3rd Floor

Raleigh, North Carolina 27604



Bryan Bell of DesignCorps, SEED

Andrew Freear of Rural Studio

Dan Rockhill of Studio 804 + Rockhill and Associates

A board member of the Raleigh/Wake Partnership to End and Prevent Homelessess and a potential resident will be joining the jury.