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Disruptive Design winner to be built by Related Midwest and permitted by MAPS

Disruptive Design winner to be built by Related Midwest and permitted by MAPS

The Chicago Housing Policy Task Force announced the winner of the Disruptive Design competition at a small reception last week that architects, non-profit organization leaders, and city officials attended. Greg Tamborino is the architect of the winning design, called "Adaptable House", that will be used to construct two accessible and innovative two-flats. The competition, which started in TK, attracted a little over 130 realistic and conceptual designs from around the world – however, all three finalists were Chicago-based.

Brune, Tamborino, and Rao holding a giant check.

Brune, Tamborino, and Rao holding a giant check.

Disruptive Design's goal was to devise a new style for affordable, replicable housing construction in Chicago, in the same vein as new bungalows and graystones were ubiquitous decades. Related Midwest, a real estate developer, will build the two houses in Bronzeville and West Humboldt Park. As Related Midwest's code compliance and permit management partner, MAPS is excited to review and obtain permits for Tamborino's design. Amy Mayer, Vice President of Construction at Related Midwest, was one of the jurors, along with Department of Buildings Commissioner Judy Frydland. 

The competition was led by Sarah Brune at Neighborhood Housing Services, Ciere Boatright at Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives, and Anjulie Rao at AIA Chicago, alongside many partners and funders. Tamborino also received $20,000 to develop construction documentation. Tamborino's design is flexible in that it can be converted between a two-flat and single-family. Competition rules required that each design include a component that could generate income, like an additional unit or a live-work space. 

Disruptive Design differed from many other design competitions in that a construction & development partner – Related Midwest – was involved from the beginning to actually construct and test the design. The two-flats will be sold for no more than $250,000, according to the competition guidelines.