Vision 42 Competition

Sponsors: The Institute for Rational Urban Mobility, Inc (IRUM)

Type: Open, 2-stage


Early registration: US$80 to 14 April 2014

Standard registration: US$100 to 8 September 2014

Student registration: US$30

Courses with multiple student entrants: US$100

Language: English



In 2004 IRUM received a substantial grant from the New York Community Trust, which has enabled it to retain three highly-regarded independent consulting firms to analyze three key aspects of vision42: (1) economic impacts, (2) capital and operating costs, and (3) traffic consequences. These studies have been completed and are posted on the vision42 website. Additional funding has been received to expand the scope of these studies. More recently IRUM received an additional grant to sponsor an international design competition to increase interest in the vision42 proposal.


Four semi-finalists will receive a stipend of $4,000 to advance to the final stage. The winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize.


8 Sept. 2014 – Digital registration deadline

1 Oct. 2014 – Digital submission deadline

6 Oct. 2014 – Announcement of Phase One winners

29 Oct. 2014 – Semi-finalists submission deadline


David Burney, Architect, Pratt Institute

George Haikalis, Founder/President, IRUM

Signe Nielsen, Mathews Nielsen, P.C.

Robert Rogers, Rogers Partners Architects

John K. Naughton, Ford Foundation

Michael Sorkin, Michael Sorkin Architects

Roxanne Warren, RoxanneWarren Architects

The competition coordinator is William Menking.

Design challenge:

This international competition aims to rethink and redesign one of the most iconic streets in the world—42nd street in Midtown Manhattan. Remaking this dense live/work transportation corridor into a more livable space 24/7 will transform New York City at its core and become a model for major urban thoroughfares worldwide. The aim of this competition is to increase interest in and gain support for the vision42 initiative for a river-to-river auto-free light rail boulevard on 42nd Street. The competition is intended to encourage architects, planners, and urban designers from around the world to develop creative proposals for remaking this important but noisy, traffic-clogged street into an enhanced, world-class pedestrian environment that is served by a high-quality, low-floor, modern surface light rail tram. The winning design will be one that utilizes the potential of the boulevard to inspire New Yorkers and its elected officials to transform the street into a model for a 21st century live/work space and transportation corridor.

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