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City of Edmonton 'Missing Middle' Infill Design Competition

20 December 2018

Important Dates

Registration Closes: 22 February 2019
Submission Deadline: 01 March 2019
Winner Announcement: TBD
Award Ceremony: 29 May 2019


Competition Website: Edmonton 'Missing Middle' Infill Design Competition
Competition Brief

The 2019 competition is an opportunity to test innovative new housing forms that will be integral to the future of Edmonton. It will focus on demonstrating how medium-density ‘missing middle’ housing can be both economically-feasible and well designed to work in Edmonton. Designs will be solicited Canada-wide or internationally from multidisciplinary teams of architects and builders/developers for mediumdensity, ‘missing middle’ housing on a site of 5 lots currently owned by the City of Edmonton at the northeast corner of 112 Avenue and 106 Street in the Spruce Avenue neighbourhood. The winning team will be given the opportunity to purchase the site and build their winning design conditional upon rezoning approval. Once constructed, the prototype will be used to inspire innovative ‘missing middle’ infill development in other parts of the city. The competition is part of fulfilling Edmonton Infill Roadmap 2018 Action 5: Partner to pilot innovative housing.

The competition’s overarching goal is to showcase improved aesthetics of the community and how good designs can bring neighbours together. We are at a pivotal moment in the evolution of our city. As we grow into a big city of over a million people, and the City Plan’s vision and Infill Roadmap 2018 moves us towards a metropolitan centre of two million, we must contemplate the kind of urban places that are needed for us to stay prosperous, healthy and climate resilient. A big part of this change is about increasing housing choices, particularly how we can integrate infill in the middle density housing form range, or the ‘missing middle’, into our older neighbourhoods.

The 2019 competition is endorsed by the Alberta Association of Architects (AAA) and submissions will be judged by an esteemed national jury panel. 

The competition seeks to recognize the following Design Objectives:

• Contextual multi-unit, medium-density (‘missing middle’) designs for mature neighbourhoods in Edmonton
• Innovation and creativity in design
• Financial viability and buildability
• Design for livability for a range of users and abilities, including individuals, couples, single families with or without children, extended family groups and seniors
• Design for environmental, social and economic sustainability
• Climate resilient design

Registration: To register, visit the competition registration webpage.
REGISTRATION deadline has been extended until 11:59 p.m. MST, February 22, 2019
Cost to register and submit to the competition: $100 CAD. Registration fees will not be refunded under any circumstances.

The submission deadline is March 1, 2019
All entries must be received by email to prior to 11:59 p.m. local time (Mountain Standard Time).