UrbanSHED International Design Competition

Sponsor: NYC Buildings Department, AIA New York Chapter, etc

Type: open, international, 2-stage

Language: English

Registration fee:
$90 – professionals
$45 – students

1st Prize – $10,000
UrbanSHED will provide a $5,000 stipend to support the finalists’ Stage II participation.

18 September, 2009 – registration deadline
24 September, 2009 – deadline for questions
2 October, 2009 – stage I entries due
7 October, 2009 – finalists announced
14 December, 2009 – stage II entries due
17 December, 2009 – winner announced

Commissioner Robert D. LiMandri, NYC Buildings Department
Commissioner Amanda Burden, FAICP NYC Department of City Planning
Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, NYC Department of Transportation
David Childs, FAIA Skidmore Owings and Merrill and the Municipal Arts Society
Craig Dykers, Senior Partner/Director, Snohetta
Jean Oei, Morphosis
Craig Schwitter, P.E. Principal, Buro Happold
Frank Sciame, New York Building Congress
Ada Tolla, Partner LOT-EK

Design Challenge:

The goal of the urbanSHED International Design Competition is to challenge the global design community to re-think the current sidewalk shed standard and create a prototype worthy of today’s New York City. 
The main objectives of this competitions are to conceptualize a cutting-edge sidewalk shed to protect pedestrians, improve the pedestrian experience– and make NYC even more attractive for generations to come. The goal is to seek a fresh, new sidewalk shed design that’s sustainable, economical, meets or exceeds current safety requirements and City regulations, improves technical and structural performance.

For more information, go to: www.urbanSHED.org

On August 19, AIANY will have another launch event at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, 12-2pm. Comm. LiMandri, Department of Transportation Comm. Jeanette Sadik-Kahn, and AIANY Executive Director Rick Bell will speak at the Not Business As Usual 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.