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Chicago, IL

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Affordable Family

This competition entry for the design of an affordable “Green” home in Chicago was selected from over seventy local and international entries. The project explores the concept: To be sustainable the house must be accessible; to be accessible, the house must be sustainable.

The winning scheme is accessible in the broadest sense:

  • Economically accessible
  • Accessible for non-traditional family structures.
  • Accessible for people with disabilities.

By focusing on issues of indoor air quality, the design specifically addresses the needs of the fastest growing group of people with disabilities: Those who suffer from extreme chemical sensitivity.

This built home will serve the city as a prototype. In cooperation with NHS (Neighborhood Housing Services), the home will be built on multiple sites in Chicago, creating a new, healthy, flexible, sustainable form of affordable, single-family housing.

“We intend to use the homes as an opportunity to make people in Chicago — and across the country — more aware of the need to protect and respect the environment when we make our housing choices.”
– Richard M. Daley, Mayor, City of Chicago
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