Fill the (Housing) Gap: A Missing Middle Design Competition

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The Missing Middle has many types: The two and four flat. The townhome. The granny flat. The mansion apartment. Together, these development types provide choices for families, homeowners, and local property owners to live and invest in a stable, walkable community. They bridge the gap between the single family home and the large multifamily building.

Yet, this critical link in our region’s housing supply is disappearing in some communities -- and it’s not being developed in others.

In light of this, CNU Illinois is excited to announce a competition that seeks to bring new ideas to real sites within Illinois cities in order to demonstrate how new infill housing can help meet the growing demand for medium scale housing in our urban and suburban neighborhoods. The competition is open to everyone everywhere. Professional licensure or certification is not required for participation. Competition entrants should research “Missing Middle” housing typologies and design a proposed housing solution that would achieve medium-density yields while providing high-quality, cost-effective, marketable options between the scales of single-family homes and mid-rise apartments. Designs should seek to meet the needs of society’s shifting demographics, be priced toward moderate-to-middle income households, and help maintain a diverse neighborhood character.

​Full details about the competition, its rules, and submission requirements are available HERE.


  • Registration Opens - September 10, 2018
  • Registration Closes - November 30, 2018
  • Submission Deadline - Thursday, January 10, 2019 @ 4 PM
  • Jury Deliberates - January 2019

Registration Costs

  • CNU Members & Partner Organizations Registration by November 1 - $75.00, Late Registration - $100
  • Students Registration by November 1 - $50, Late Registration - $75
  • All Others Registration by November 1 - $100, Late Registration - $125

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