NoMa Underpass Design Competition Request for Qualifications

Competition for four railroad underpasses design

Category Project Competition
Type International, Project (RfQ), Open
Genre Urban
Country USA
Registration Deadline 9 May 2014 GoogleCal iCal
Submission Deadline 9 May 2014
Eligibility nationally, and internationally qualified artists, artist teams, designers, landscape architects and architects

Request for Qualifications
In the early 1990s, NoMa was largely a vacant industrial district. Since then, a series of public and private initiatives have transformed the area to a vibrant mixed-use community that is roughly 50 percent built out. NoMa still retains transit infrastructure and elements from its industrial past. A major part of this infrastructure are the four railroad underpasses that connect the neighborhood on four primary east-west roads. These four underpasses are critical passages connecting First Street, NE (NoMa’s “Main Street”) to Second Street, NE.

They are essential corridors for the 18,000 residents and 40,000 workers in the area and provide easy access for visitors to area attractions like NPR, Gallaudet University, Union Market, and the bustling H Street, NE corridor. These connections are so essential that, despite unappealing conditions, large numbers of people travel through them every day to reach their destinations on either side of the tracks. Artistic treatment of these four underpasses presents an opportunity in NoMa to impact the public realm and human experience in a significant way.

The NoMa Parks Foundation seeks an artist, artist team, designer or architect to create designs for four railroad underpasses in the NoMa neighborhood of Washington, D.C. We encourage all local, nationally, and internationally qualified artists, artist teams, designers, landscape architects and architects to apply. This design project will beautify, enliven and activate these public underpass areas. The selected designs create a network of transformed underpasses that will attract visitors and provide an engaging and positive sensory experience for all who pass through them. The final projects which will become part of the parks system will provide greater visibility of the area for those living outside of NoMa.

Design commission

Entry Fee

Notification of Semi-Finalist Selection: Late May to Mid-June
RFP Request issued to semi-finalists: June 2014
RFP Proposal Deadline: July 2014
Finalists Selected: July 2014
Honoraria awarded: August 2014

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