About the competition
How we got here
Process and timeline
We know that construction costs, land costs, and zoning are key barriers to the creation of middle-scale housing, which typically ranges from 3-15 units. Recent data shows that there is growing demand for multifamily housing. But, the cost is far too high for renters and homeowners to be able to afford. We want to see if there is an interest to help build smaller scale housing, such as the Future-Decker, across a variety of sites in the City.
This year’s competition will be divided into two key phases:1. REQUEST FOR IDEAS (RFI):
Individuals and teams of all backgrounds are invited to share their ideas for housing types that would fit within the context of Boston’s neighborhoods.2. REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP):
Established development teams submit proposals that can be replicated across the final chosen sites. The winning team will have the opportunity to build a pilot project on yet-to-be-selected City owned sites.
Phase I: Request for Ideas (RFI)
This process is a continuation of last year’s exploration and provides a chance for all to help to shape the future of housing development on small sites. We have showcased the RFI submissions in this virtual story map. Read the responses and learn more about the shared themes and barriers highlighted throughout.
Each unique response to this Request for Ideas highlighted the importance of a collective process of imagination when it comes to the creation of housing in Boston’s neighborhoods. Participants proved that in order to address a complex housing-development challenge, many communities must come together to propose alternative solutions at each step of the process. In the coming months, the BSA and iLab will continue to engage with residents, architects, students, RFI participants, and all who are interested to help shape the second phase of the competition.
- View the request for ideas (English)
- Consulte la solicitud de ideas (Español)
- Confira a solicitação de ideias (Português)
- Gade demann pou lide a (Kreyòl ayisyen)
- Konsulta pedidus di ideias (Kriolu Kabuverdianu)
- Xem Thư Mời Đóng Góp Ý Tưởng (Tiếng Việt)
- Fiiri Codsiga Fikradaha (Soomaali)
- (عربى) شَاهَد طلب الحصول على أفكار
- Смотрите Запрос идей (русский)
- Voir la Demande d’idées (Français)