No. 285 . 03 May 2006 
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AIA Housing Awards 2006

by ArchitectureWeek

In the wake of a century in which in U.S. residential architecture suffered from suburban sprawl, wastefulness, the popularity of extravagant but barren "MacMansions," and indifference to history, urban context, and affordability, it is refreshing to see a collection of projects that offer positive object lessons for architects and homebuilders.

The American Institute of Architects has just announced such a collection: recipients of the 2006 Housing Committee Awards. This program recognizes good housing as a necessity of life, a sanctuary for the human spirit, and a valuable national resource. The 13 projects — both multi- and single-family — bring quality housing back into city centers, take energy and resource conservation seriously, and demonstrate that an edgy aesthetic can be more fun than snob appeal.

In selecting projects for the multifamily housing category, the jury evaluated not just architectural design features but also the contextual integration of buildings in their environment, transportation options, and use of open recreational space.   >>>

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