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Edmonton launches missing middle infill design competition


December 20, 2018
by Canadian Architect

Five City of Edmonton owned parcels of land at the northeast corner of 112 Avenue and 106 Street in the Spruce Avenue neighbourhood are up for redevelopment. The City is soliciting proposals from multidisciplinary teams of architects and builders/developers from across Canada and abroad to design a multi-unit, medium-density, or ‘missing middle’, housing development on these lots. The challenge is to submit an innovative design that is not only thoughtful of neighbourhood context, but also economically feasible, responds to local market conditions and advances the design ethic for infill in Edmonton.

The City of Edmonton is hosting a missing middle infill design competition. Photo by formulaone via Flickr Commons.

The City of Edmonton is hosting a missing middle infill design competition. Photo by formulaone via Flickr Commons.

The winning team will be given the opportunity to purchase the site and build their winning design, conditional upon rezoning approval. The finished development will be used to inspire innovative ‘missing middle’ infill development in other parts of the city.

The 2019 competition is endorsed by the Alberta Association of Architects (AAA) and submissions will be judged by an esteemed national jury panel.

The competition is part of fulfilling Edmonton Infill Roadmap 2018 Action 5: Partner to pilot innovative housing.

What is ‘Missing Middle’ Housing?

The term ‘missing middle’ refers to multi-unit housing that falls between single detached homes and tall apartment buildings. It includes row housing, triplexes/fourplexes, courtyard housing and walk-up apartments. These housing forms are considered ‘missing’ because there has been a decline in their development in recent decades in many cities and they were never widely developed in Edmonton.

Encouraging this type of housing is essential for welcoming new people and homes into older neighbourhoods and creating complete communities with a variety housing options for people at every stage of life and income level.


More information about the City of Edmonton’s missing middle infill design competition is available via the competition’s official website, linked here.



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