Sidewalk Shed Design Competition Finalists Announced

The New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) and the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIANY) announced three finalists for the urbanSHED International Design Competition. The competition seeks to “create a new standard of sidewalk shed design that improves the pedestrian experience while maintaining or exceeding the required safety standards in New York City.” The competition is being sponsored by a range of organizations, including: DOB, AIANY, Alliance for Downtown New York, ABNY Foundation, Illuminating Engineering Society New York City Section (IESNYC) and New York Building Congress with additional support from the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT), the NYC Department of City Planning (DCP) and the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY).

More than 160 entries by architects, engineers, designers and students from around the world were narrowed down to three finalists from the U.S.: “urbanCLOUD,” developed by Kevin Erickson, Brodie Bricker, Dan Campbell, Johann Riscahu and Mathew Strack of KNEStudio in New York, NY; “Urban Umbrella,” developed by Young Hwan Choi from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA; and “Tripod,” developed by Jonace Bascon, AIA, Derrick Choi, AIA and Lynn Hsu, RA, of XChange Architects in Brookline, MA.

According to AIANY, the designs were evaluated by the competition jury in terms of safety, sustainability, and constructability. The jury also examined the impact of the designs on the streetscape and pedestrian walking experience, their use of natural light, electrical lighting, and structural components. The finalists address issues in New York City’s dense urban environment in a variety of innovative ways, “from suspending the shed from the roof of the building to slanting the top of the shed away from the street to allow more light and space.” 

Each finalist will receive $5,000 to further develop their design in Stage II of the competition. The grand prize winner will be announced in December and will receive a $10,000 award.  The Alliance for Downtown New York will facilitate the construction of a full-scale prototype of the top award project on a working site in Lower Manhattan as part of its RE: Construction art program. 

View all the finalists’ work

Image credit: urbanCLOUD, Kevin Erickson, Brodie Bricker, Dan Campbell, Johann Riscahu and Mathew Strack of KNEStudio in New York, NY

One thought on “Sidewalk Shed Design Competition Finalists Announced

  1. Sidewalk Shed 10/22/2009 / 2:32 pm

    The Buildings Department is studying the need for additional safety enhancements, including securing sheds to the sidewalk in certain cases for added stability and enhancing the required wind-load calculations for shed installation. A sidewalk shed is a temporary bridge-like structure built over a sidewalk usually by to protect pedestrians during construction on or near a building’s facade. Due to the construction boom and the mandatory facade-maintenance requirements, there are approximately 4,500 sidewalk sheds installed citywide and Adheres to these strick standards. (914)512-7619

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