How to solve the affordable housing shortage? Winner of design competition offers a solution

This adaptable house design by Greg Tamborino was the winner of an affordable housing design contest. / Greg Tamborino / American Institute of Architects, Chicago / Forbes

By Brenda Richardson | Forbes

What if you lived in a house that was designed to change over time as needed? As a young couple, you might live on the lower level and rent out the two bedrooms upstairs. When you are ready to start a family, you might desire an additional bedroom, so you move to the second floor and rent out the first floor. As you grow older, modifications on the first floor could make your home more accessible and better suited to your needs. Through these scenarios, the starter home becomes a forever home. 

A recent design competition called Disruptive Design challenged architects, designers, students and those invested in urban development to submit ideas for affordable owner-occupied single-family or two-flat homes that included a wealth-building component such as a rentable unit or live/work space. 

The competition was organized by the Chicago Housing Policy Task Force, a group of organizations invested in creating affordable housing in Chicago.

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