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rada affordable stories

  • curran house, san francisco

    The judges observed that Curran House has “great street smarts,” and what more could you ask of high-density housing for economically struggling families in San Francisco's gritty Tenderloin District?

     
  • k lofts, san diego

    An affordable project at the edge of downtown San Diego, K Lofts looks like any other progressive, market-rate building—which is exactly the point, says Jonathan Segal, FAIA.

     
  • city west: phase II, cincinnati

    When Torti Gallas and Partners took on a HOPE VI affordable housing redevelopment project in Cincinnati's West End, it didn't have to look far for a design muse.

     
  • eucalyptus view cooperative, escondido, calif.

    Because Eucalyptus View sits alongside a busy boulevard, Studio E Architects thought it deserved a highway-scaled entry marker.

     
  • chelsea court, new york city

    With its bold colors, connection to the outdoors, and clever product specs, Chelsea Court is unlike most affordable housing projects. Indeed, said the judges, “it challenges the expectation of what that level of housing can be.”

     
  • soma studios and 8th + howard apartments, san francisco

    Architect David Baker isn't afraid to use color—especially in the affordable projects that he champions—but he knows from experience that bright hues can elicit all kinds of responses.

     
  • the wellington neighborhood, breckenridge, colo.

    The Wellington Neighborhood stands out not only for its architecture and master plan but also for its reclamation of a truly hardscrabble site. Previously home to a dredge mining operation, the land was severely damaged and pocked by great boulders.

     
  • waterloo heights apartments, los angeles

    Koning Eizenberg Architects faced the usual affordable-housing challenges: making the design look customized when it had to be generic to meet budget; standing up to building officials and contractors who ask why details must be done well; and overcoming the resistance of neighbors.

     
  • gateway commons, emeryville/oakland, calif.

    The judges applauded Pyatok Associates' straightforward approach to the challenging site of Gateway Commons.

     
  • eleventh avenue townhomes, escondido, calif.

    John Sheehan and Eric Naslund, AIA, of Studio E Architects in San Diego, set out to do something different with this 16-unit affordable community in Escondido, Calif.

     
 
 
 
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