Earlier this year, the Institute for Urban Design (IfUD) in New York City asked residents how they thought the city’s public realm could be improved. New Yorkers across five boroughs responded with nearly 550 ideas. Now IfUD wants practicing and student landscape architects, architects, planners, urban designers, and artists from the city and everywhere else to respond to the challenge and present some design proposals.
Designers are asked to “define a site” based on any idea from a New Yorker, and then create a brief proposal. IfUD writes that the brief shouldn’t be “too technical—the goal is to find great ideas that can capture the public imagination and start conversations, so even a single rendering qualifies; have fun with it!” All submissions are going to be published in an “Atlas of Possibility for the Future of New York,” which will provide a record of the vision the world’s designers see for the city.
IfUD has convened a high-profile jury including architect Thom Mayne (Morphosis), Bary Bergdoll (Architecture Curator, Musem of Modern Art), Ned Cramer (Editor-in-Chief of Architect), Janette Sadik-Khan (NYC Transportation Commissioner) , among others. The jury will select ten projects to receive $500 prizes. There will be one prize for each borough and five at the jury’s discretion.
The winning ideas will also be included in an exhibition expected to be one of the main draws in the first-ever Urban Design Week festival, which will be held in New York City, September 15-20. Then, ifUD will also gear up planning for the 72 Hour Urban Action, which will be held in Long Island City, NY, in 2012.
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