The Spaces Between: An Urban Ideas Competition

Client: AIA Utah YAF/ Salt Lake City Downtown Alliance

Type: open, one-stage, international

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah

Language: English

Fee: $85 Dollars

Eligibility: All


23 March 2013 – Registration Deadline

6 April – Deadline for Questions

20 April – Entry Deadline

30 April– Jury Selection

10 May 2013 – Finalists Announced

10 May 2013 – 31 May 2013 – Public Display and People’s Choice Voting

4 June 2013 – Winners Announced


Jury Award – $40,000

Jury Award – $40,000

People’s Choice – $40,000


Gregg Pasquarelli, SHoP Architects, New York

Cathy Lang Ho, CHLOffice, New York

Cesar Pelli, FAIA, Pelli Clarke Pelli, New Haven, CT

Phillip Beesley, MRAIC, OAA, RCA, Toronto, Canada

Kirk Huffaker, Utah Heritage Foundation

Molly OI’Neill Robinson, AICP, Salt Lake City

Ben McAdams, Salt Lake County Mayor

Ralph E. Becker, Jr., Salt Lake City Mayor, attornyey and planner (FAICP)

Design Challenge:

Re-envision the circulation areas and passages of two blocks in Salt Lake City’s downtown. The entrants will prepare comprehensive ideas for these in-between spaces, developing them into the connective tissue linking the area’s cultural amenities.

Salt Lake City boasts a stunning natural setting, numerous cultural amenities, a unique history, a vibrant retail core, and a thriving and diverse business community. Currently, it lacks connection between many of these elements. The design competition seeks to harness ideas from around the world that will activate the spaces between with creativity deeply rooted in the city’s rich context. New ideas will act as a catalyst for design-led growth downtown, helping redefine blocks sixty-nine and seventy, and the evolution of Salt Lake City as a whole. The fabric, textures, and essence of this city should create an energy that gives back to all who engage it.


Two winning projects and fifteen finalists will be eligible for the People’s Choice award. Finalists will be displayed at the Leonardo, around the city of Salt Lake, and online at for public viewing and voting.

Winners will be announced in June, 2013. Competition details and registration can be found at:

For more information:

Heather Vance

AIA Utah

268 South State Street, Ste 190

Salt Lake City, Utah

Telephone: +1 801-532-1727