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Activate 14 Selects Downtown Chapel Hill for Design Competition

Activate 14 is an annual summer event and design competition series sponsored by AIA North Carolina. Activate 14 informs and engages people in conversations about architecture and design in an urban environment.  The Activate 14 events are held at Center for Architecture and Design in Raleigh on the second Saturdays starting in June and ending in September 2014.

Rosemary Street Selected for Design Competition

The Activate 14 committee has chosen an underused space on Rosemary Street for the summer design competition. The competition calls for the creation of a new kind of urban housing: an eight-unit Live/Work micro-dwelling project. The site is the space between the Wallace parking deck and sidewalk on Rosemary Street in downtown Chapel Hill. Seriously...there is room!

The site (150 East Rosemary Street) provides an opportunity for designers to explore and develop the following: 
Affordable live/work housing
Modularity and prefabrication
Environments that include natural ecology and sustainable lifestyles

From Leftover city land as a resource for mending urban fabric. This is an ideas competition generated by the presence of many left over spaces in our cities: unused setbacks, awkward lots and plots thought too small for normal projects. Together these remnant spaces account for a significant percentage of our urban landscape. There is a pressing need in towns like Chapel Hill for small, affordable live/work micro-dwellings to serve the new urban professionals and entrepreneurs of the 21st century. Live/work micro-dwellings concentrate activity in cities, reduce traffic, and lead to more vital urban places. The goal of this ideas competition is to generate innovative micro- housing: live/work dwellings on leftover pieces of land that can repair and enliven our cities.

Download the competition brief here: Activate 14 Live/Work Micro-Dwelling Competition

The competition winners (with cash prize!) will be publicly announced at the Activate 14 Urban Housing event held on Saturday, September 13, 2014. All entries will be displayed at and the ideas will be discussed at an Urban Housing Symposium. 

Rosemary Imagined

We are thrilled that NC AIA and Activate 14 have chosen downtown Chapel Hill, and in particular Rosemary Street! Over the last year our community has been focused on the future of Rosemary Street, through the planning initiative Rosemary Imagined led by the Town of Chapel Hill and the Downtown Partnership. 

Spurred by Rosemary Street being identified as one of five BIG IDEAS in the Chapel Hill Comprehensive Plan, Rosemary Imagined's goal is to develop a vision for the future of the Rosemary Street corridor that emphasizes the Town's focus on connections, choices, and community.  The concept of micro live/work space on Rosemary Street fits in line with the vision our community is bringing forward.  View current drafts of the Vision and Implementation Plan. And now as we move forward we are expanding our planning to Franklin Street to develop a vision for all of downtown.

For questions about Rosemary Imagined, contact Megan Wooley, housing and neighborhood services planner for the Town of Chapel Hill, and Meg McGurk, executive director for the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership at Megan can also be reached at 919-969-5059, and Meg can be reached at 919-967-9440.