Landscape Architects Sweep HB:BX Awards

The Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA) of the American Institute of Architects announced the winners of its HB:BX ideas competition, which generated concepts for an arts center that “culturally reinforces the physical connection between the Manhattan and Bronx Highbridge communities of New York City.” According to the ENYA, the competition was developed in cooperation with Artists Unite and the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and it is meant to draw attention to efforts to restore and reopen the bridge. Some $9,000 in prize money was given to the top three place winners, including $1,000 to the winning student submission. There were more than 170 submissions from 43 countries.

Winners include: 

First place: Keith VanDerSys, Marguerite Graham, Marisa Bernstein & Young-Joon Choi of Philadelphia, PA, USA. Principal, PEG office of landscape + architecture

PEG describes their winning entry: “Ripple Effect is a network of social spaces organized to entwine the cultural, environmental, and historical contexts that make Highbridge unique. Our proposal is a circuit of displays, interlacing the programs of art, recreation and landscape in order to create unique or unexpected adjacencies among them.”

Bustler offers a detailed look at PEG’s Ripple Effect idea.

2nd place: Tetsuya Kawano, Julien Boulley & Chol Pak of Paris, France.

Third place: Yekaterina Yushmanova of Albuquerque, NM, USA.  Student of Landscape Architecture, University of New Mexico

Student prize: Kristina Guist of Albuquerque, NM, USA. Student of Landscape Architecture, University of New Mexico 

ENYA said the competition would encourage emerging architects to look into how to reuse existing infrastructure. The competition asks how can “disused historic structures” be “reprogrammed into vibrant urban centers.” Competition entrants are also asked to examine the relationship between “infrastructure (aqueduct, railway, highway) and it’s urban context.”

Learn more about the winning projects.

Also, the Topos 2010 Landscape Architecture Award went to stossLU, a landscape design and planning firm led by Harvard Professor Chris Reed. Learn more about Chris Reed and his firm’s work.

Image credit: ENYA / HB:BX Competition

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