A Community Icon Revisited: The Indianapolis Monument Circle Competition

A Community Icon Revisited

The Indianapolis Monument Circle Competition

by Stanley Collyer

The Arc de Triomphe, Brandenburg Gate and Red Square all share a common theme: they represent the spirit of their cities in the most visual urbanistic and symbolic sense. Always located in the central core, they may fulfill different functions—a traffic mode, gateway to the old city, or just central gathering place—but without such symbols, those cities would lose more than part of a historic past. Many small towns in the U.S. have their own courthouse squares; but few can rival Indianapolis’ Monument Circle. By virtue of its central downtown location, high visibility, and historic landmark status, it occupies a special chapter in the urban history of our nation.


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Architypes 2011: Contest for Sustainable Architecture in Romania

Sponsor: Raiffeisen Bank Type: Open, two-stage, international Location: Various sites, Romania Language: English Fee: none Eligibility: Open to students and professionals in architecture, planning, design, art, and related fields. Participation may be individual or in teams. Timetable: July 17, 2011 – Registration and stage I submission deadline July 21-23 – Stage I judging July 30

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Student Competition: Mourning Requires Space – Redesigning the Funeral Home

Sponsor: Kuratorium Deutsche Bestattungskultur e.V. Type: Open Language: German

Eligibility: Students enrolled in architecture and interior design programs and architects who have graduated within the last four years. Fee: None Timetable: March 31, 2012 – Submissions deadline Awards: 1st prize – 700 EUR 2nd prize – 500 EUR 3rd prize – 300 EUR The

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