The HuB Design Competition


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ARCHITECTURE FOR HUMANITY CHARLESTON is pleased to announce the chapter’s first open design competition. The competition will be held between June 10th and October 10th and will conclude with an exhibition at the AIA South Carolina Exhibition October 21-23.

Category Idea Competition / Open to Students / Competition Result
Type International, Idea, Open, Single-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Sustainability, Urban
Country United States
RegDeadline 31 September 2010 GoogleCal iCal
10 October 2010 (via Online) GoogleCal
Eligibility Open to professionals and students in the field of architecture, urban design and landscape architecture.

We invite you to participate in Charleston’s continuing legacy of preservation and sustainability. As a basis for exploration, the HUB design competition proposes that a new light rail system has been established that will provide a connection between Charleston’s downtown peninsula and its surrounding communities. Entrants to the competition are challenged to design the two major components of the new transit system:

The Downtown Transit HUB: The new downtown transit hub is a mixed-use building that will be located within the heart of the Charleston peninsula. The building will provide services for light rail, bus riders, cyclists, pedestrians and will also address the growing need for community meeting space, affordable retail and office space. We have chosen an underused site in a prominent location adjacent to the Charleston City Visitor Center on Meeting Street. The site, which is currently used as a parking lot will be drastically improved by the new development, which will provide the prominence expected at a significant Meeting Street location and will help repair the urban-edge that has been severed by the sites current use.

The Node Transit Station: The node transit station is a prototypical design that will be located at various locations throughout the Charleston Lowcountry. It is a modestly scaled structure that will serve the new light rail system and the existing bus system. The node is a singular design that will occur at multiple sites and will accompany park-and-ride style parking lots.

The two designs should collaborate to create a system of cohesive recognizable nodes for tourists and residents. The HUB is an idea’s competition geared towards the generation of innovative thoughts and solutions that will spark debate and help in the advancement of this rich culture. It will occur in a single stage, aimed towards identifying the most appropriate proposal that responds to the competition’s goals and objectives.

The HUB Design Competition aims to:
- Further research into the development of light rail and future sustainable development in Charleston.
- Raise awareness to the needs of our diverse community.
- Serve as a tool for exhibiting the power of design and exhibiting the innovative ideas of the emerging generation of designers.

Cameron Sinclair: Co-founder and Chief Eternal Optimist (CEO), Architecture for Humanity
Ray Huff, AIA: Principal, Huff + Gooden Architects
Frank Harmon, FAIA: President, Frank Harmon Architect PA
Jane Frederick, AIA: Principal, Frederick + Frederick
Eddie Bello: Director, Charleston office at McMillan Pazdan Smith


Entry Fee
Students: $20 US
Professionals: $40 US

1. Project Description
2. (1) Presentation Board - 30”x42” in digital format

Winners Announced: October 21, 2010
Exhibition - AIA-South Carolina Conference: October 21-23
Exhibition Charleston: TBD

Architecture for Humanity Charleston

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