Monument Circle Idea Competition

This competition was established to bring ideas and inspire the community to envision Monument Circle's future.

Category Idea Competition / Open to Students
Type International, Idea, Open, Single-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Urban
Country Indianapolis, United States
Registration Deadline 15 April 2011 GoogleCal iCal
Submission Deadline 15 April 2011 (via Online)
Eligibility All

Monument Circle is the state's most recognizable and visible public space, a sight and destination recognized around the world. Indianapolis is sometimes known as "The Circle City," courtesy of Monument Circle. Often referred to locally as simply the "Circle," it lies at the heart of our state, city and Downtown. Monument Circle is where we gather to celebrate, commemorate and show our guests who and what we are. As an event city of ever-growing stature, Indianapolis is a true host to visitors from around the country and, increasingly, the world. For these reasons and more, Monument Circle is an increasingly important destination and unique public space.
At its center is the century-old Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Monument. Important sites and architecture, spanning eras, generations and styles, surround the monument, including cultural and religious institutions, hotels and businesses. Here you'll find everything from a world-class symphony orchestra and one of Indianapolis' oldest churches, to headquarters for world corporate leaders in health insurance, broadcast, finance, technology and utilities. The streetscape currently combines public art, fountains, trees, plantings, cafes and shops to welcome pedestrians while traffic flowing around the Circle adds energy and access to the experience. Monument Circle is multi-functional and accessible to vehicular, pedestrian, bicycle and even horse drawn carriage traffic. From time to time, vehicular traffic is restricted to accommodate temporary special events.

Maxwell Anderson (The Melvin & Bren Simon director and CEO of the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA))
Carol Coletta (President and CEO of CEOs for Cities)
Margaret M. McCauley (a Downtown retail expert and chairs the American Institute of Architect's Retail and Entertainment Knowledge Community Advisory Group)
Brian Payne (the visionary and founder of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, A Legacy of Gene and Marilyn Glick)
Nikki Sutton (the board of The Design Arts Society at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and one of the founders and committee chairs for the newly formed Indianapolis Fashion Collective)
Guillermo Vasquez de Velasco, PhD (the Dean of Ball State University's College of Architecture and Planning)

1st Prize: $5,000
2nd Prize: $2,000
3rd Prize: $1,000
People's choice: $1,000

Entry Fee

Up to four additional images and a brief description of your proposal (50 words or less) and your idea philosophy and vision for Monument Circle and identify key idea elements (500 words or less)

Judging in Indianapolis to select award winners: May 2011
Public Exhibit on Monument Circle: June 17-June 26, 2011
People's Choice voting & Awards Announcement
Public exhibition: in summer 2011

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