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October 31, 2003
Contact: Carol Abrams (212) 863-5176

New Housing New York: Design Ideas Competition

New York City - City Council Speaker Gifford Miller, City Council Housing Committee Chair Madeline Provenzano, Land Use Committee Chair Melinda Katz , AIA New York Chapter President-Elect Mark Ginsberg, AIA and the City University of New York were joined by Housing Commissioner Jerilyn Perine and representatives of the Bloomberg Administration to announce the creation of New Housing, New York, a national housing design ideas competition that will focus on generating new ideas in affordable and sustainable housing design for housing production in New York City.

"The need for new housing construction is one of the most pressing issues we face," said Speaker Miller. "The goal behind this competition is to solicit from the architectural community innovative ideas that will help us develop solutions."

The competition was initiated by the City Council in cooperation with The American Institute of Architects (AIA) New York Chapter and the City University of New York. It is being developed in partnership with the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, the Department of City Planning and the Department of Buildings. A co-sponsor of the competition is the New York State Association for Affordable Housing (NYSAFAH).

The competition, released today, solicits proposals for housing designs for three specific blocks of New York City that have been identified for contextual purposes and represent some of the unique challenges of housing design. The three sites that have been selected are an infill building in Manhattan, a mid-rise building in Brooklyn and a low-rise high-density site in Queens. Proposals will be submitted for at least one of the sites, and cash prizes will be awarded after review by a jury of national experts.

The competition will be managed through the American Institute of Architects through a new website

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