UPDATE: The competition deadline has been extended to November 3, 2014, 11:55 CDT.
Design Marfa is conducting an ideas competition to propose designs for multi-family housing in Marfa, Texas.
Design Marfa will accept submissions June 2 – October 6, 2014. The winning design will be chosen by a select jury.
Currently, Marfa has no property zoned for multi-family housing although multi-family zoning is permitted under Marfa’s zoning and regulations. Please see Marfa's zoning requirements on our Downloads page. As tourism increases in Marfa, the availability of housing for full-time residents has the potential to become even more limited as the attractiveness of vacation rentals and part-time residences remove inventory from the market.
The objectives of the Competition are to:
- Encourage multi-family housing projects
- Consider housing as an urgent and basic component of improving the urban environment in Marfa
- Promote dialogue on how to improve the housing shortage
- Encourage city planners and property owners to rethink existing code limitations and potentially rezone appropriate properties for multi-family housing
Marfa, Texas is a town of approximately 2000 residents and is located in the Chihuahuan Desert.
The site to be used for this Competition is located at:
701-721 N Kelly Street in Marfa, Texas. Google Map coordinates: 30.316001, -104.026360 and is 71,550 square feet.
The site is located in a community of single-family residences and in close proximity to the public schools.
Competition Launch: June 2, 2014
Deadline for Questions: August 1, 2014
Registration Deadline: November 3, 11:55 CDT (UPDATED!)
Entry Deadline: November 3, 11:55 CDT (UPDATED!)
Jury Review: November 2014 – January 2015
Winners Announced: February 6, 2015
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