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星期五, 11月 04, 2016

波士頓市首度推出住宅創新比賽

(Boston Orange)波士頓市長馬丁華殊(Martin J. Walsh)11月4日宣佈,推出波士頓市的首個住宅創新比賽,鼓勵各界設計既能縮減建築成本,又能創造舒適環境,售價適合中等收入或耆英家庭的住宅,以因應社會發展需求。
波士頓市長也期望藉此促使波士頓成為全美,甚至國際上的創新居住環境領袖。
波士頓市的鄰里發展局(DND)將和市長的住宅創新實驗室(Housing Innovation Lab),嘉禮遜卓特鄰里協會(Garrison Trotter Neighborhood Associatio),以及波士頓建築師協會(BSA/AIA)合作,以波士頓市府在嘉禮遜卓特社區擁有的五塊空地為對象,向各界徵求發展計畫(RFP)
這五塊地段分別座落在Holworthy街的7173號,Hollander街的2931號,以及Westminster24號。
波士頓市府將藉由收到的建築發展計劃,測試推廣微型住宅在縮減建築成本,帶動市場趨勢,建造有吸引力住家,讓同一棟大樓可適合不同收入層次居民,既有市價單位,也有工薪階層可負擔單位的可能性。
波士頓市府希望這些設計良好的小型住宅單位,可為居民提供距離市中心或交通樞紐更近的或租,或買住宅機會。
波士頓建築師協會2016年會長Tamara Roy表示,這比賽將刺激建築師,承包商,發展商合作,創造建築費用較低的居住模型,以解決波士頓市的基本住房需求。
波士頓市長馬丁華殊八月份時就介紹了一個微型住宅模型,稱為市區住宅單位(Urban Housing Unit, 簡稱UHU),在波士頓市內六個社區巡迴展出了三個月,約2000市民獲得機會親自參觀這種微型單位。
這一供展示的微型單位,現在放到大西洋碼頭的波士頓建築師協會會址供民眾參觀。
根據波士頓設計發展局(BPDA)資料,截至2015年底,波士頓市以新建了148戶面積小於500平方呎的微型住宅,另有205戶在建造中。
有意參加比賽者,可在1219日前,把計畫案交給DND,波士頓設計發展局(BPDA),波士頓建築師協會。波士頓市長的住宅實驗室將於1110(周四),下午3:305:30,在波士頓建築師協會會址(290 Congress St., #200, Boston),舉辦說明會。

CITY LAUNCHES HOUSING INNOVATION COMPETITION

Request for proposals released; competition seeks to identify new designs to produce more middle-income and senior housing in Boston

BOSTON - Friday, November 4, 2016 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the launch of the City's first Housing Innovation Competition.  The Housing Innovation Competition is intended to determine if innovatively designed compact units combined with reduced development costs will result in financially feasible developments with a mix of affordable price points.

The Housing Innovation Competition is part of Mayor Walsh's call for Boston to become a national and international leader in pioneering innovative housing models to serve the needs of Boston's current and future residents.

"We want Boston to be a place that all residents can call home," said Mayor Walsh. "To do so, we must look beyond the options that currently exist and activate new and original ideas. The Housing Innovation Competition is a chance for Boston to take its place at the forefront of housing innovation."

The City's Department of Neighborhood Development, in partnership with the Mayor's Housing Innovation Lab, the Garrison Trotter Neighborhood Association (GTNA), and the Boston Society of Architects (BSA)/AIA, will be soliciting proposals for a City of Boston pilot initiative on five City-owned vacant land parcels in the Garrison Trotter neighborhood. The properties associated with the Housing Innovation Competition are 71 and 73 Holworthy Street, 29 and 31 Hollander Street, and 24 Westminster Avenue. The proposals will be solicited through a competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) process.

The resulting proposals will allow the City to test the effectiveness of this pilot initiative on multiple fronts: reducing costs to build; creating market driven, attractive and livable compact homes; and promoting a diverse resident income mix, including affordable workforce and market rate housing.

Well-designed units with smaller footprints can offer residents an affordable option to renting or owning closer to the city center and transit-oriented areas. Teams of architects, developers, and contractors are asked to submit entries that utilize creative design solutions that meet the community's aspirational goals in compact units.

"Working together, we can ensure that Boston is a city that stays affordable to the people who live here," said Sheila A. Dillon, Boston's Chief of Housing. "Many people worked very hard to put this RFP together, and I'm so glad that this competition will begin putting ideas into action."

"This competition provides an opportunity to stimulate the architect, contractor, and developer communities to collaborate on the creation of lower-cost prototype dwellings that may solve fundamental housing needs throughout Boston," said Tamara Roy AIA, 2016 Boston Society of Architects/AIA president.

In August, Mayor Walsh announced that a prototype housing model, the Urban Housing Unit (UHU), would travel over the span of three months to different neighborhoods throughout the city. The roadshow, which concluded earlier this week, was designed to offer residents the opportunity to tour and experience first-hand a compact housing unit. During its tour, the UHU visited six neighborhoods and was toured by over 2,000 residents. The UHU will be available for daily tours at its new location, the Boston Society of Architects space on Atlantic Wharf.

Proposals for the Housing Innovation Competition are due Monday, December 19, 2016. DND, BPDA, BSA/AIA, and the Mayor's Housing Innovation Lab will host an informational event for interested parties on Thursday, November 10, 2016 from 3:30 - 5:30 PM, at the Boston Society of Architects Space - 290 Congress St #200, Boston.