Gateways to Chinatown

To Design and implement a transformational gateway project Canal Street Triangle in Manhattan’s Chinatown

Sponsors: Van Alen Institute; Lower Manhattan Development Corporation

Type: open, international, anonymous, one-stage

Location: Chinatown, New York City
Fee: US$50
Languages: English
Eligibility: architects, engineers, designers, etc.

Jury: TBD
19 June 2017 – Submission deadline
The project will provide a new marker for Chinatown, Little Italy, and the surrounding neighborhoods in Lower Manhattan to engender pride of place, foster connectivity and cultural and social identity, and stimulate economic development. Straddling art and architecture, symbolism and function, the new structure and public space aims to become a vibrant place of exchange at the center of one of New York City’s most dynamic and historically-rich areas.

This iconic new structure and public space will be located on a triangular traffic island at a key pedestrian node bounded by Canal Street, Baxter Street and Walker Street.

   The project organizers ask prospective design teams to consider the following questions:

  • How can the site serve as a “gateway” responding to tradition as well as adapting to ever-changing cultural and generational demographics and technology?
  • How can the gateway connect and bring together existing communities and create new opportunities for both locals and visitors to experience the area in fresh ways?
  • How can the gateway site link to other gateways within Chinatown, across the city and around the world.

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