DUSP Students Win Affordable Housing Competition

Students from DUSP -- including team co-leader Annemarie Gray, Dara Yaskil, and Maggie Tishman -- were on the winning team of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston's 2013 Affordable Housing Design Competition.  The competition pairs teams of talented graduate students with affordable housing organizations to develop innovative and comprehensive development proposals addressing the needs of these organizations.

The students partnered with six others from Harvard University (Mike Albert, Edward Becker, Will Cohen, Jelani Karamoko, Kevin McDonald, and Simon Willett) and worked with Jeremy Wilkening of the Somerville Community Corporation as a client; DUSP's Peter Roth served as faculty advisor.

As described in the student proposal, the Edgerly is a mixed-use adaptive reuse of the historic Edgerly Education Center, which has served as an anchor for community education and youth development in East Somerville for over eighty years. The Edgerly will provide forty-two much-needed affordable apartments and a flexible community space that responds to needs identified by neighborhood stakeholders. The apartments will be a mix of studios and one-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom apartments, permanently affordable to low-income and very low-income residents, and financed through a mix of Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) equity, state and city housing subsidies, as well as permanent and construction loans. The community space, which will be financed and managed by the City of Somerville, will accommodate a music education program, a youth recreation club, and adult basic education courses. The design of The Edgerly honors the existing historic structure while also offering many enhanced amenities, including a rooftop garden and inner courtyard, improved parking, and an enhanced public entrance and plaza. The Edgerly achieves LEED platinum certification by retaining the building’s historic core and by incorporating passive energy efficiency strategies, pervious paving, and a green roof. Taken together, The Edgerly will provide an environmentally sustainable, affordable housing option for East Somerville families, while the community programs and physical design will both honor the building’s legacy as a local educational institution and respond to current residents’ needs. The Edgerly truly is the next generation of a community anchor.



Another team including DUSP student Akanksha Raina also participated, finishing a strong third place.