More than a competition – we’re creating accessible homes & communities. 


ZeroThreshold started as a design competition to elevate the idea of accessibility through intentional beautiful design. We challenged architects and designers from around the world to re-imagine accessible homes, community spaces, and whole neighborhoods. We challenged them to design spaces so innovative and beautiful that anyone (seniors, young families, those abled or disabled) would say “I want that!” We grounded the competition in reality by placing it in the Cleveland neighborhood of Old Brooklyn. Join us on September 19 and judge for yourself how well professionals and students from around the world answered that call!

This is just the beginning. 

There is no doubt that more affordable accessible housing is needed as we seek to keep our communities whole and thriving. But homes should be more than just functional – they need to be beautiful and help people live well. ZeroThreshold is an important step in changing the conversation about accessibility and moving us to consider aesthetics as a part of accessibility. Not only will it launch Cleveland towards being the world’s best “barrier-free city”, the solutions that surface can be broadly applicable to cities throughout the United States and around the world. These are more than just ideas. The most compelling and innovative designs are being considered for build in Old Brooklyn. It’s another step in the journey.

Join us on September 19 and experience the top entries submitted from six countries. See what could be coming to a neighborhood near you. Hear from designers, experts, and the winners themselves. And let your voice be heard as we embark on this journey to create truly barrier-free living.



Online registration for the ZeroThreshold events is quick and easy. If you’d prefer to reserve your tickets by phone, please call Shannon at 216-365-2619 (M – F from 9 am to 5 pm).


September 19, 2019 Half-Day Design Expo

(Noon – 4:30 p.m.)

Featuring all winning designs stunningly displayed and short videos from the designers!

Ariel International Center, Cleveland

Community Exhibit
Come explore the top designs from the competition laid out in gallery format. Multi-media exhibits with interviews and stories will appear on screens. See the amazing designs that may be coming soon to a neigborhood near you. Learn what inspired designers from all over the world to propose beautiful homes and community spaces for Cleveland, OH.

Discover beauty, innovation, and inspiration.

The exhibit is free, but we encourage a minimum $10 donation to North Coast Community Homes to help provide housing for people with developmental disabilities or severe mental illness.

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September 19, 2019 Awards Event

(5:30 p.m.)

Ariel International Center, Cleveland


Awards Celebration
The awards celebration will feature an exhibition of the winning and top designs from the competition in each of the categories. Join business, community, and government leaders from across Ohio and the United States to celebrate the culmination of 2019’s most innovative design competition. Exciting speakers, like keynote speaker Chris Downey, will engage and energize guests. Experience the architectural, interior, and urban designs in beautiful detail. Learn who the winners are, what inspired them, and what’s next for ZeroThreshold and a Barrier-Free Cleveland

Beer, wine, and a variety of heavy hors d’oueveres and delectable desserts will be served.
Doors open at 5:30 pm. Free parking is available.

Tickets are $75 for this spectacular evening event.

$40 of your ticket price is tax deductable.

    • City planners and other government employees, please use the discount code: government
    • Community development corporations and other nonprofits, use discount code: nonprofit

 to secure your government or nonprofit rate of $45. NOTE: You must use an appropriate .gov or .org email in order to be qualified for the government or nonprofit rate.

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(group) Six tickets, Award Celebration September 19 $360
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(group) Eight tickets, Award Celebration September 19 $400
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