B-MORE | RESILIENT ROWHOUSE COMPETITION GUIDELINES

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DESIGN CRITERIA
  1. The design is for a whole block solution for existing rowhouses that features resilient design strategies. Many resilient and sustainable strategies can be included in the proposed design. However, all designs must address ways to mitigate the urban heat island effect and stormwater management. For more information about these environmental issues as it pertains to the competition site, please review some of the links included in the “resources” section of the competition webpage.
  1. The proposed site for the competition is located in the Broadway East Neighborhood in Baltimore City. The extents of the area of the competition is bounded by the 2200 block of E Chase Street to the north, Collington Avenue to the west, North Patterson Park Avenue to the east and the train tracks to the south. An Autocad file of the site is available for download on the competition Dropbox linked on the webpage.
  1. The typical existing rowhouse on this site was built in 1915. The size of each lot varies by street.
  1. Chase Street lots are 14’-0” X 80’-0”
  2. Prentiss Place lots are 12’-4” X 63’-0”
  3. North Patterson Park Avenue lots are 13’-0” X 68’-0”

A separate design for each lot is not required for this competition. However, the building design solution should be able to be applied to a variety of lots.

  1. Photographs of the site are available on the competition website. A Google Earth link is included in the competition Dropbox folder and can offer a 3D view of the site.
  1. For the purposes of this competition, all rowhouses on this block are to be considered vacant, but in good structural condition, unless noted otherwise (see resource materials on the competition Dropbox for more information). Design solutions may consider demolishing walls between houses and removing portions of existing structure to create light wells. Demolishing portions of the building façade may also be considered, but demolition must not exceed 5% of the front façade and 15% of the back facade. (Note: Windows are not included in this number. Assume that all windows and doors can be replaced). Designs may propose additional demolition, but it must be justified in the project narrative. Preference will be given to projects with minimal demolition.
  1. The entry must be designed to meet current local codes, including IBC 2012, IGCC 2012, IECC 2012 and Maryland Building Performance Standards, 2012, etc. See http://archive.baltimorecity.gov/government/citychartercodes.aspx for the most recent codes in effect.
  1. The majority of the competition site is zoned R-8. The entry must be designed to meet Transform Baltimore Zoning requirements, which can be accessed online at http://www.rewritebaltimore.org/
  1. The entry must be designed in alignment with Chapter 5 of the Baltimore Disaster Preparedness and Planning Project (DP3). For more information about DP3, see http://www.baltimoresustainability.org/disaster-preparedness-and-planning-project
  1. Teams should consider and address the following issues as part of their design:
  1. Improved building envelope
  2. Reduced heat island effect
  3. Street landscape and lighting
  4. Alternative energy (photovoltaics, microgrids, etc.)
  5. Defensible space
  6. Social sustainability

Resource links for these strategies can be found on the competition website.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS + ELIGIBILITY
  1. Design teams must pre-register by July 1 online at the competition website: http://www.aiabaltimore.org/resilient/. Each design team must have a minimum of:
  1. One student (high school or above)
  2. One professional

Each student must indicate the school in which they are currently enrolled and each professional must indicate their place of employment and/or license number. Note that professionals do not have to be licensed in order to participate, but one licensed member is required in order to register a team.

  1. An entry fee of $25 for each team is required at the time of registration. All registered teams will receive a registration number which will be used to identify their entry.
  1. The competition entry must consist of a single 36” x 36” board, mounted on Foamcore. The front of the board must depict all aspects of the competition entry and include, at a minimum:
  1. Site plan
  2. Floor plan of a typical rowhouse
  3. Elevation of a typical rowhouse (front and back)
  4. Building Section of a typical rowhouse
  5. Block Elevation or Perspective
  6. Street Section

Providing multiple requirements in one drawing graphic is permitted.

The back of the board must include the team registration number (given upon registration) and a one page narrative for the design concept. The narrative shall be between 500-1000 words and address the following:

  1. How the building design improves the resiliency of the typical Baltimore rowhouse.
  2. How the site design and streetscape improve the resiliency of the block.
  3. Materials and significant systems proposed for the project.

See the templates included on the competition website for further details.

  1. All entries must be received by September 1, 2015. Deliver to:

AIA Baltimore Office

11 ½ West Chase Street

Baltimore, MD 21201

  1. Competition winners will be announced at a celebration event in October at the Carroll Mansion in Baltimore City (date and time TBD). All registered competition participants will be invited to the event.
PRIZES

All designs will be submitted and reviewed by a panel of judges and prizes will be awarded for the following categories:

  • Most Resilient Design
  • Most Feasible Design
  • Most Innovative Design

Under each category, a first place and honorable mention award will be given. All entries will be displayed at the Carroll Mansion Gallery following the competition. Winning entries will be highlighted at the exhibition and the AIA Baltimore website at www.aiabaltimore.org. Further details about prizes will be distributed to registered participants this summer.

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