Thirty-nine of the Countries Top Architectural Schools Have Accepted the Challenge

When the student competition began there were only a few schools and the entire event could be managed in a single room with a couple of proctors. Today’s Barbara G. Laurie Student Design Competition is an exhilarating experience because the diverse teams put an incredible amount of work into their sophisticated entries and each one is judged by superlative designers from around the globe.

The Challenge: The Nostrand Hype Development

A local developer has purchased a block of vacant houses in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn and plans to create a mixed-income residential development that includes commercial, retail and community spaces. To address the city’s depleting housing stock, the project must maximize the number of residential units and provide multiple housing typologies. In the residential portion, approximately 20% of units should be independent senior living, 30% of units should be designated as affordable housing, and 50% of units may be market rate. The developer was able to purchase all but one of the properties on the lot. Propose a design solution that navigates the development of the site with this homeowner in mind.

The Participants: Schools from Coast to Coast
Auburn University
Ball State University
California Baptist University
California Polytechnic State U at San Louis Obispo
Carnegie Mellon University
City College of New York (CCNY)
Clemson University
Cornell University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Howard University
Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)
Iowa State University
Kansas State University
Kean University
Kennesaw State University
Kent State University
Lawrence Technological University(LTU)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Morgan State University
New Jersey Institute of Technology
North Dakota State University (NDSU)
Penn State University
Prairie View A&M
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)
School of the Arts Inst. of Chicago (SAIC)
State University at Buffalo (SUNY)
Syracuse University
Tulane University
Tuskegee University
University of British Columbia
University of Florida
University of Houston
University of Oklahoma (OU)
University of Southern California
University of the District of Columbia
University of Virginia
University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee
Washington University at St. Louis
Woodbury University