Reinventing Grand Army Plaza

Reinventing Grand Army Plaza

Open, international, ideas

Brooklyn, New York

Apr 2008 – Submissions Deadline (online)

SPONSORS: Design Trust for Public Space; The Grand Army Plaza Coalition

TYPE: Open, international, ideas


Brooklyn, New York


Feb 2008 – Submissions Accepted (online)

Apr 2008 – Submissions Deadline (online)

Mar 2008 – Jury Deliberations

May 2008 – Winner Announced

Jun 2008 – Awards Ceremony, Competition Exhibition

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all


Jonathan Butler, Founder and Editor,

Elizabeth Meyer, Professor, Univ. of Virginia, Dept. Landscape Arch.

Ellen Salpeter, Director, Heart of Brooklyn

Ken Smith, Ken Smith Landscape Architects

Alex Washburn, Chief of Design, NYC Dept. of City Planning

Jury Chair:

Michael Van Valkenburgh, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates


First Place: $5,000

Second Place: $2,000

Third Place: $1,000

FEE: $30


Grand Army Plaza is New York City’s greatest unrealized asset. Home to fabulous architecture, the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Arch—Brooklyn’s version of the Arc de Triomphe, the elegant Bailey Fountain, the entrance to Frederick Law Olmsted’s greatest park, and a major transit hub, the sum of these parts is today emphatically less than the whole. This competition will generate ideas for the redesign of Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn, NY. Top submissions will be exhibited in the summer of 2008 at either the Brooklyn Public Library or Brooklyn Museum of Art (TBD). Submissions will also inform the program for a new schematic plan for the Plaza, to be created in late 2008 in partnership with New York City’s Departments of Parks and Recreation and Transportation. Grand Army Plaza was designed by urban planning and landscape architecture masters Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux to be Brooklyn’s premier public gathering space. Situated at the convergence of six major arteries and several subordinate streets, Grand Army Plaza must circulate an inordinate amount of motorized traffic. The Plaza’s function as a traffic hub overshadows and impedes use by pedestrians, bicyclists, and the surrounding cultural institutions.