1st Place Joel Davenport University of Cincinnati
2nd Place Kumiko Ouchi Southern California Institute of Architecture
3rd Place Jesus Gomez Southern California Institute of Architecture
Citation Ryan Meeka Univeristy of Arizona
Merit Alphonso Bautista The University of Illinois Chicago
Merit David West Boston Architectural Center

Reinventing the House on Wheels

Carol Burns, Author

The "mobile home" and its "park" are still-common sites across North America, even though the present-day house on wheels is not so mobile anymore, usually making only one move, from the factory to the site. Today's houses on wheels-manufactured housing provides a realistic option for dwelling. However, neither this house nor its site has been informed by architectural design thinking. The challenge of the competition is to reconceive the house on a permanent chassis along with its setting.

...Today, chassis-based houses shelter more than 12-1/2 million Americans, accounting recently for 25 percent of new housing starts in the US. Manufactured houses satisfy preferences for norms of ownership, detached dwelling, and private outdoor space. They have found strong market acceptance as a cost-worthy substitute for conventional construction, especially for first-time homebuyers and retirees.

...The architectural charge is to design the space between three manufactured houses as well as the houses themselves. Workably limited in scope and scale, the task includes the scale of architectural detail, in which fractions of an inch matter, to the scale of settlement, a segment of a newly conceived community that incorporates urban design thinking. The three houses include one singlewide, one doublewide, and one courtyard house located contiguously.

Participating Schools:

The Boston Architectural Center

McGill University

Rhode Island School of Design

Southern California Institute of Architecture

University of Arizona

University of Cincinnati

University of Illinois at Chicago

University of Hawaii at Manoa