by Dave O’Dell, Larry E. Boerder Architects
In 2010, Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity launched “Dream Dallas,” a vision for the Dallas community founded on home ownership as an anchor for hope and change—for neighborhood transformation—that will guide the organization, staff and volunteers over the next five years. To accomplish that vision, Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity seeks to secure $100 million during that time and envisions building over 900 homes through 2017. The Dream Dallas Home Design Competition was organized with the Texas Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America because of their shared belief in the Dream Dallas vision.
On April 22, 2010 the Texas Chapter of ICA&CA and Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity and Lambert’s announced the Dream Dallas Home Design Competition. The goal of this competition was threefold:
1) Inform and inspire affordable, architecturally interesting, neighborly and sustainable homes that can be readily built by Habitat for Humanity volunteers.
2) Publish an architectural pattern book providing plans, elevations and sections which illustrate architectural elements and building details that reflect the goals of a Habitat home.
3) Build a Habitat home on a donated lot in west Dallas, based on the grand winning entry.
The Chapter received 23 entries from around the country, many from university students. On September 9, 2010, seven winning entries were announced and cash prizes awarded. The award-winning designs were selected by a design competition committee consisting of design professionals, Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity staff, and a Habitat homeowner.
The winning designs were selected based on overall adherence to competition guidelines and specific criteria that included aesthetic aspects like style and context; objective considerations like sustainability and accessibility; and overall Habitat homeowner appeal and build-ability. Watch a feature about the competition and read about the winners. It’s noteworthy that four of the seven winning entries were from universities.
The pattern book celebrating the entrants contains the complete submissions of all seven winning entries, as well as a composite page for the remaining entries. Proceeds from the sale of the book will go toward building a home in west Dallas in 2011 based on the grand prize winning entry.
Volunteers of the ICA&CA and Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity have worked hundreds of hours from April through September; and the 23 teams spent thousands of hours developing their submissions.
As William Hall, CEO of Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity commented, “Thanks to the efforts of architects from around the country, we have proved that affordable home ownership for low-income families can be done with style. Our express hope is that the designs resulting from this collaboration will impact one new Habitat homeowner, helping to change one Dallas neighborhood, and ultimately seed the transformation of all of the neighborhoods where Habitat builds to change the lives of many more homeowners.”