urbanSHED International Design Competition


164 designs submitted from 28 countries.

"Urban Umbrella," developed by Young-Hwan Choi, Andres Cortes and Sarrah Khan of Agencie Group

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This Competition challenges the global design community to create a new standard of sidewalk shed design and develop a prototype worthy of today's New York City. We invite engineers, architects, designers and students from all related fields to compete. Competitors will generate innovative, compelling and environmentally friendly proposals to thoroughly re-imagine temporary sidewalk shed design while improving the pedestrian experience.

Category Competition Result / Open to Students / Project Competition
Type International, Project, Open, Two-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Temporary-Structure
Country New York
Registration Deadline 18 September 2009 GoogleCal iCal
Submission Deadline 2 October 2009 (Must be Received) GoogleCal
Eligibility All

urbanSHED International Design Competition challenges designers to conceptualize a cutting-edge sidewalk shed to protect pedestrians, improve the pedestrian experience– and make New York City even more attractive for generations to come.

More than 6,000 sidewalk sheds flank New York City’s buildings and construction sites. They span more than 1,000,000 linear feet and typically remain in place for nearly a year. While these sheds protect pedestrians from construction debris and support other construction structures, they undermine the beauty of New York City’s architecture.

We’re seeking a fresh, new sidewalk shed design that’s sustainable, economical, meets or exceeds current safety requirements and City regulations, improves technical and structural performance – and creates a better environment for the people who live in, work in and visit New York City.


Robert D. LiMandri, Commissioner, NYC Department of Buildings
Amanda M. Burden, FAICP, Director, NYC Department of Planning
Janette Sadik-Khan, Commissioner, NYC Department of Transportation
David M. Childs, FAIA, Consulting Partner, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
Craig Dykers, AIA MNAL, Director, SnØhetta
Jean Oei, Project Designer, Morphosis
Craig Michael Schwitter, P.E., Partner and Regional Director, Buro Happold North America
Frank Sciame, New York Building Congress
Ada Tolla, Principal, LOT-EK

Three finalists to participate in Stage II: $5,000
Grand Winner: $10,000 + Design commission
*The urbanSHED International Design Competition sponsors will seek to fabricate and install the winning project on a job site in Lower Manhattan.
*The NYC Buildings Department plans to issue an OTCR (Office of Technical Certification and Research) Bulletin establishing the winning sidewalk shed design as an approved standard that can be used by industry.

Entry Fee
$90.00 USD
$45.00 USD for students

30 inch by 40 inch (760 mm by 1016 mm) foam core board

Finalists Announced during Architecture Week: 7 October
Stage II Entries Due: 14 December
Stage II Jury: 16 December
Winner Announced: 17 December

New York City Buildings Department, American Institute of Architects New York Chapter

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