Work 2010

Corning Studio: The Iowa House

We will be developing the design for a sustainable, affordable single-family home to be constructed in Corning, Iowa as part of a program funded by the federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This “Iowa House” will serve as a prototype for future projects in both Corning and throughout the state and will serve as a state model for affordable, sustainable single-family housing.

Our charge in this project is to determine how a single-family home can be built for an affordable budget that also reduces energy consumption, reduces and manages water consumption and run-off, creates a healthy living environment, and acts as part of a larger sustainable neighborhood and infrastructural system. As such, we are not only designing a single house but also a system that can be easily replicated to assist those in need.

We will be working with a variety of partners on this project. These include the City of Corning, the Southwest Iowa Council of Governments (SICOG), the Iowa Finance Authority (IFA), the Iowa Energy Center (IEC), the Iowa Center on Sustainable Communities (ICOSC), and the Iowa Department of Economic Development (IDED). We will also be working with interns and licensed practitioners from several architectural and multi-disciplinary firms in Des Moines and will at times collaborate with the Arch 506 first year graduate studio and Arch 596 graduate research course.

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