As the awards jury worked to choose among nearly a thousand entries for Residential Architect magazine's Project of the Year, they pondered several criteria: how to add or replace housing where it's needed, with sturdy construction, pleasing architecture, and day-to-day livability.
They deliberated in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and while a continuing real estate boom was pushing prices out of reach for many would-be home buyers. The array of winning projects, then, reflects an interest in affordability over glamour, density over sprawl, and simplicity over ostentation.
Outstanding in reflecting these values are the three projects that tied for the designation Project of the Year. One of them is Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza, mixed-income row houses in Philadelphia. When the local housing authority decided to demolish an unsuccessful set of public housing towers in South Philadelphia, Torti Gallas and Partners were commissioned to design replacements that would be more acceptable to the community. >>>
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Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza, mixed-income rowhouses in Philadelphia, received one the Project of the Year awards from Residential Architect magazine.
Photo: Steve Hall/ Hedrich Blessing Photography
The prefabricated Modular 2, designed and built by Dan Rockhill's Studio 804, received one the Project of the Year awards from Residential Architect magazine.
Photo: Studio 804
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