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Big Ideas Small Lots

01 August - 02 November
Venue: Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place
New York

An exhibition of the results of the Big Ideas for Small Lots NYC competition organized by the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and AIA New York.


HPD and AIA New York launched the competition earlier this year, seeking the most innovative ideas from top architects and designers from around the world to transform some of New York City’s most difficult-to-develop properties into future affordable housing.


The winning proposals for Big Ideas for Small Lots NYC were selected by a panel of nine jurors—all leaders in the fields of architecture, urban design, real estate development, and public policy—and evaluated on their design, replicability, and construction feasibility.  The five finalists’ designs rose to the top of the 444 proposals from 36 countries across five continents that HPD received over the two-month submission period.