Dallas Ideas Competition

Sponsor: The City of Dallas, Oncor
Type: Open, ideas
Location: Dallas, Texas

Language: English
Fee: Free

Eligibility: Professionals and students in architecture, design, arts and other creative or related disciplines are invited to take part in this competition. Individual or group entries are permitted. The indication of a team leader is required.
June 1, 2011 – Online entries can be uploaded
July 8 – Deadline for online submissions
Stipends ranging from $5000-$8000 will be awarded to the top 3-5 projects. The stipends are awarded to finalist for travel, materials and other needed items to provide a site specific designs for public show including a written report that addresses safety and design criteria.
To be announced

Design Challenge:
As a part of the National Endowment for the Arts Mayors’ Institute on Community Design 25th Initiative (MICD 25), the City of Dallas, CityDesign Studio and Oncor have partnered to help re-imagine the external appearance of the power substation seated prominently at the western foot of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, a signature bridge designed by Santiago Calatrava scheduled to open in early 2012.

The objective is to examine creative, economical design solutions that enhance the arrival experience into West Dallas while not compromising the sensitive engineering, safety and functional requirements of the substation. Public infrastructure such as water and electricity facilities provide critical services. While the thought of having a substation in a community, close to our homes and businesses, may not appeal to most citizens, this infrastructure plays a very critical role in our everyday life.

Submission Requirements:
This is a digital competition. Hard copy proposals will not be accepted. Online entries can be uploaded to the FTP site starting June 1, 2011 at 8:00 am and must be uploaded no later than Friday, July 8, 2011 at 11:59pm. FPT site, user name and password will be provided via email upon registering. The attachment, packed in a ZIP file, should include 1 board (24×36) and a technical/written summary.
Board: in 24X36 portrait orientation with the principal image of the entry useful in showing in its entirety the concept of proposal saved as follows: (xxxxx_01.jpg).
Technical/written report: in 8.5X11 vertical format maximum 2 page of useful text to explain the planning proposal saved as follows (xxxxx_description. doc)
For more information, go to: http://www.dallascityhall.com/citydesign_studio/design-competition.html