NEIGHBORHOOD & SITE
The geography of Cincinnati’s basin has greatly impacted the location of housing and business developments over the years. Before inclines, cable cars and automobiles it was far more difficult to navigate the hills surrounding the basin. This concentrated development and helped make Over-the-Rhine the most densely populated neighborhood outside of lower Manhattan in the late 1800s. The historical significance of Over-the-Rhine was confirmed in 1983 when it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. At that time the neighborhood contained the largest collection of Italianate architecture in the country with more then nine hundred buildings.
Since the historical designation, many buildings became abandoned and deteriorated because of neglect by individual building owners or non-profit entities, overburdened or underfunded. A low point came with riots in 2001 and in 2006 when the United States National Trust for Historic Preservation listed Over-the-Rhine as one of the eleven most endangered historic places. Soon after, the efforts of private corporations and other organizations began reinvestment through major development and renovations which may change that designation. Today Over-the-Rhine has become a community of demolition, renovation, and preservation with a focus on the significance of the neighborhood as a whole and not an individual building.
Within Over-the-Rhine lay several distinct districts such as the Gateway Quarter, Pendleton District, Northern Liberties and the Brewery District. The proposed site for this competition sits within the Brewery District and will take advantage of the recent zoning change the Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation helped implement. The Urban Mix (UM) zone should provide a balance of vital economic, livable, and cultural opportunities to enhance urban qualities. This new zoning designation should allow the Brewery District to function as it was originally intended, when it was once considered to be the city’s social and economic nucleus.
126 W. McMicken
The competition site is located on the Northern edge of the Brewery District at the base of a steep hill. This site will absorb the adjacent parcels to create a larger site of roughly 500ft x 150ft. The existing building on the site was originally built in 1900 as a 2-story structure for the Rapid Electrotype Company. Today it still stands, but as a 1-story building due to a landslide in the 1970s.
As a general theme, each housing unit should provide spaces for eating, sleeping, cooking, cleaning, gaming, relaxing, working, and gazing rather than the traditional living room, dining room, bathroom, bedroom, etc. It will be at the discretion of each individual entrant to define the level of detail for each housing unit. At a minimum the interior spaces should be generally designed and framed out for the anticipation of objects and design interventions. The housing units should engage the functions and goals of the MAKE Component. The required number of housing units is set at a minimum of twelve and a maximum of thirty-six. In defining the number of housing units proposed each entrant will have the opportunity to establish the importance and impact the LIVE Component will have on the overall program.
The Industrial Arts Center (IAC) Cincinnati is a facility offering access to a variety of industrial machines and tools for use by artists, designers, engineers or any other constituent to aid in the making of objects, goods, and products. The IAC will be a member based workshop with hand-driven and computer-driven tools. The tools and machines available will vary greatly with both new and old technologies, but an emphasis on new methods of production is a key feature of this facility.
In addition to the functions of the IAC the building will house three key elements essential to the MAKE Component of the program. 1) Maker-in-Residence studios that would be granted to an individual for six months to one year. The IAC provides its resources to the Maker-in-Residence along with one housing unit on site. 2) Light Manufacturing Studios will create an everyday presence on site. These entities require dedicated tools or devices in house, but may also need access to the tools in the IAC. These studios can encourage start-up companies, connected or disconnected to the IAC, with their own private entry and exit. 3) Retail Storefront will be a place for the community to interface with IAC members productions and tools available for purchase. This public space is a place for items to be sold and ideas exchanged.
1,000 Housing Units (x6)**
1,250 Housing Units (x4)**
1,500 Housing Units (x2)**
2,800 Circulation / Stairwells
*A minimum of 100sf outdoor space required for each unit
**Minimum number of Housing Units required
600 Reception / Lobby*
125 Office (x10)
400 Conference (x2)
850 Computer Lab / Resource Library / IT Help
200 Server Room / Storage
3,000 Digital Fabrication Shop***
1,500 Wood Shop***
1,500 Machine Shop w/ Welding Zone***
300 Grinding and Abrasives Room***
2,000 Open Workshop
150 Finishing Room (x2)
150 Sewing Machine Studio***
300 Tool Rental Room
500 Member Storage
150 Staff Entry
800 Shipping and Receiving
750 Maintenance / Mechanical
600 Elevator(s) / Freight Elevator(s)
500 Maker Storefront / Gallery
500 Tool and Equipment Storefront
400 Maker-in-Residence Units (x4)****
3,200 Light Industrial Units (x2)****
5,050 Circulation / Stairwells
*Will also serve the Technology Lab and Shop Floor
**A minimum 2,000sf outdoor work yard must be provided
***Specific equipment is at the discretion of each entrant
****Minimum number of Studio Rentals required
16,800 LIVE Component
30,300 MAKE Component
The square footage provided in the program details is a guide for the final programmed spaces. Each entrant must determine and provide the final program configuration and square footage calculations for all spaces.