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Syracuse, NY
From The Ground Up Competition
Near West Side (NWS)
Near West Side Neighborhood -- Syracuse's Near Westside neighborhood is a handful of well-cared for homes set amid a field of poorly maintained structures, unoccupied houses, and boarded-up buildings. Architecturally, the neighborhood is a relatively fine-grained collection of single-family and multiple-family houses on narrow lots
Near West Side Neighborhood -- Syracuse's Near Westside neighborhood is a handful of well-cared for homes set amid a field of poorly maintained structures, unoccupied houses, and boarded-up buildings. Architecturally, the neighborhood is a relatively fine-grained collection of single-family and multiple-family houses on narrow lots
Near West Side Neighborhood -- Syracuse's Near Westside neighborhood is a handful of well-cared for homes set amid a field of poorly maintained structures, unoccupied houses, and boarded-up buildings. Architecturally, the neighborhood is a relatively fine-grained collection of single-family and multiple-family houses on narrow lots
From The Ground Up Competition -- Exhibition
Live-Work-Home -- Cook + Fox Architects/ Terrapin Bright Green
Live-Work-Home -- Cook + Fox Architects/ Terrapin Bright Green
R-House -- ARO and Della Valle Bernheimer
R-House -- ARO and Della Valle Bernheimer
Onion Flats -- Andropogon Associates, Rivera Structural Design, and MaGrann Associates
Onion Flats -- Andropogon Associates, Rivera Structural Design, and MaGrann Associates
From The Ground Up: Innovative Green Homes Competition
Developed for vacant infill sites, this housing design competition sought to provide a new vision for one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods and demonstrate the value of design within a typically underserved and demographically diverse community, incorporating the most advanced thinking about design, sustainability, and cost-effective building practices for the single-family house.
Project Details
  • Region
    • North East
  • city
    • Syracuse, NY
  • neighborhood
    • Near West Side (NWS)
  • Project Size
    • 1,100 – 1,500 square feet
  • Project Cost
    • $200,000 per house
  • Project Status
    • Completed
Strategies Implemented
Design
  • Live Work Home, Cook + Fox and Terrapin Bright Green
    • This single-story, flat roof design is highly flexible and can be transformed to accommodate the changing needs of the residents including a family with children, extended family unit, or students and can easily be converted to function as a home-based small business or artist’s studio. The house is constructed of structural insulated panels and is heated passively. Adjustable reflective screening and skylights fill the space with dappled lighting.
  • R-House, Architectural Research Office and Della Valle Bernheimer
    • This two-story house transforms a typical gabled roof into a simple folded surface that recalls the appearance and scale of neighboring houses. Its flexible layout accommodates two, three, or four bedrooms within the same shell. The passive solar strategy utilizes a well insulated envelope, airtight construction, an efficient small heating system, controlled ventilation, and windows that optimize solar gain, requiring a negligible amount of heating energy.
  • TED, Onion Flats
    • Ted was designed to be built in three different ways: stick framing, modular construction, or structurally insulated panels (SIPs).The structure combines a thick shell and active solar heating to create an energy efficient house. The heating system uses water heated through solar tubing panels mounted on the roof and radiant tubing in all floors. The three-story, gabled-roof structure creates an atrium to pull heat out of the home during the summer months, making a space that is efficient year-round. The versatile design can easily be transformed into a two- to four-bedroom, a duplex, or a home office/studio with residence above.
Process
  • The project was executed through a creative and collaborative public/private partnership including the following:

    • Former Dean of Syracuse Architecture Mark Robbins led the From the Ground Up design competition in an intentionally collaborative way. The level of innovation and the high expectations for the designs brought challenges that could not have been met without broad agreement among partners about the reasons to engage in such an undertaking
    • Home HeadQuarters, a private, not-for-profit development company was open to expanding traditional models of providing housing offered a truly productive affiliation
    • Syracuse University Office of Community Engagement and Economic Development oversaw the Near Westside Initiative with eternal optimism, patience, and creativity, and provided invaluable support
    • Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems provided insight and commitment to technology and sustainability
  • There were a number of public events surrounding the competition:

    • The launch of the competition in spring 2008 at the Everson museum in Syracuse, was followed by a symposium in at the Syracuse University School of Architecture in spring 2009
    • An exhibition of competition finalists were displayed at the Van Alen Institute in NYC in May 2009. The competition jury included a mix of architects, Near Westside community and neighborhood members, elected officials and architectural historians.
Funding
  • TOTAL PROJECT COST: $200,000 per house
  • Syracuse University School of Architecture
  • Home HeadQuarters, Inc., and the
  • Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems.
  • The Central New York Community Foundation
  • The Community Preservation Corporation
Policy
  • Project did not require policy or regulatory changes to implement
  • Project itself was not a new policy or regulation

Syracuse, 2010

2010
Pop. Loss Since Peak
Peak year: 1950
0 75
34.0%
2010 Unemployment
0 75
10.0%
2010 Poverty
0 75
26.0%
2010 Res. Vacancy
0 75
11.0%
2000–2010
Population Change
-30 0 15
-1.0%
Unemployment Change
-30 0 15
1.0%
Poverty Change
-30 0 15
4.0%
Res. Vacancy Change
-30 0 15
-1.9%