Thursday / August 15, 2019 / 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Filling the Gap: Affordable Housing Crisis Through Design

Metropolitan Planning Council, 140 South Dearborn Street, Chicago


Teardowns, de-conversions, rising costs of land and construction, zoning restrictions—the challenges to building housing in and around Chicago seem, at times, endless. Two different design competitions were launched in 2018 to directly address some of these challenges by engaging local architects to create innovative, sustainable, and dynamic prototypes for new infill homes. The Chicago Housing Taskforce—a collaborative group of organizations invested in housing equity—launched Disruptive Design: New Solutions for Homeownership to create affordable, replicable, and wealth-building single-family or owner-occupied two-flat homes in Chicago; the Congress for New Urbanism launched their Missing Middle competition to create high-quality and cost-effective housing for the middle market between the scale of single-family homes and mid-rise apartments for urban, suburban, or mid-sized downstate sites.

As a part of the Chicago Housing Taksforce, AIA Chicago managed all logistics of the Disruptive Design competition, including the call for submissions, competition brief, juries and more.

Join us for a riveting panel conversation with representatives from and winners of both housing design competitions. Attendees will have a chance to peruse winning submissions and hear from the architects how they tackled the monumental challenge.


  • Judy Frydland, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Buildings (moderator)
  • Amy Mayer, Related Midwest
  • Nancy Firfer, Metropolitan Planning Council
  • Jeremey R. Lake, Union Studio
  • Disruptive Design Winner: Greg Tamborino, AIA

Click here to register with Metropolitan Planning Council

Sponsored By

MPC; AIA Chicago; Congress for New Urbanism – Illinois; Neighborhood Housing Services – Chicago

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