13 August 2009

urbanSHED international design competition

[Note: Edited on 8/17/09]

Here is another design competition announcement:
The American Institute of Architects New York Chapter and the New York City Buildings Department are thrilled to announce the launch of urbanSHED, an international design competition that challenges the global design community to rethink the current sidewalk shed standard and create a prototype worthy of today's New York City. Details on this exciting competition are in the press release pasted below, and the website is now live: www.urbanshed.org.

We're trying to spread the word about urbanSHED far and wide into the design blogosphere. We hope to reach possible entrants, and to inform the public about this important urban design and safety issue. We're encouraging multidisciplinary teams, and would love landscape architects to participate in the competition. If you or any of your writers are around New York, please send them by the Center for Architecture!

We'll be kicking off the competition tonight, as NYC Department of Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri formally announces the competition at a joint launch with the Alliance for Downtown New York's Re:Construction 2009 program (Cipriani's, 55 Wall Street, Aug 13 6-8pm, RSVP enemens@aiany.org?subject=urbanSHED> ).

Next Wednesday, August 19 AIANY will have another launch event at the Center for Architecture. Comm. LiMandri, Department of Transportation Comm. Jeanette Sadik-Kahn, and AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell will speak at our Not Business As Usual <http://aiany.aiany.org/index.php?section=nbau> series, a free lunch-and-lecture program aimed at addressing the special needs of architects affected by the economic downturn. They will discuss the details of urbanSHED competition, and why reimaging the New York City streetscape during the recession is a great opportunity for designers and the city. It promises to be an informative overview of the competition, and an inspiring discussion of how safety, sustainability and streetscape concerns can be incorporated into the next generation of sidewalk sheds. I sincerely hope you can attend! (Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, Wednesday Aug 19, 12-2pm, RSVP enemens@aiany.org?subject=urbanSHED> ).

Department of Buildings Commissioner LiMandri will announce the
urbanSHED International Design Competition. (The Commissioner's
statement will be made available on the urbanSHED.org website. Questions
about the urbanSHED Competition should be directed to info@urbanSHED.org
and answers will be posted on the urbanSHED.org website. ENYA's biennial
ideas competition officially launches on September 10.) After his
announcement, Rick Bell, Executive Director of AIANY, will give a
presentation about the impetus for this competitions, and designers in
attendance will have the opportunity to meet potential collaborators.

Sorry for the cut and paste, but it seemed like the timely way to handle this.

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