Grand Acres Community Garden Design Competition


britton rogers (greatbritton)
derek byron (dbyron), partner

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The goal of this competition is to create an identity for Grand Acres, a community garden in the Fair Haven neighborhood of New Haven. Grand Acres is one of the community gardens owned and managed by the New Haven Land Trust (NHLT). The goal of this design competition is to create an identity and a sense of unity and permanence for Grand Acres that could also serve as a model for other community gardens around the city.

Category Competition Result / Open to Students / Project Competition
Type International, Project, Open, Single-Stage
Genre Landscape
Country New Haven, United States
Registration Deadline 30 April 2010 GoogleCal iCal
Submission Deadline 3 May 2010 (via Online) GoogleCal
Eligibility All

The challenge of this competition is to design an element or a series of elements that can be constructed with volunteer labor to give the garden a sense of permanence.

Elements that may be considered include, but are not limited to:
- Seating
- Signage
- Rain water collection systems
- Tool sheds
- Fencing
- Planters
- Walkways
- Patios

There is a budget of $750 for materials. All labor will be volunteers, so designs should be straightforward and simple to construct.

Teams are also encouraged to explore reclaimed and salvaged materials. Such as tires, wood pallets, oyster shells and should include brief explanation of potential sources.

Shavaun Towers – Landscape Architect
Dean Sakamoto – Architect, & Critic/Director of Exhibitions at Yale School of Architecture
Chris Randall – President of the New Haven Land Trust
Ben Gardner - Garden Coordinator for the Grand Acres Community Garden

The winning entry will have their design constructed and receive a $100 cash prize.

Entry Fee
$15 per entry

A maximum of 4 - 1080 X 720 pixel jpgs landscape format, etc.

Winners announced: May 24th, 2010

New Haven Land Trust (NHLT)

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