The Core Project Ideas Competition

The City of Sebastopol, California, together with the Redwood Empire Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and a group of local business sponsors, is hosting an international design competition to generate innovative ideas for renewing the city center. The overarching intent is to explore how the physical presence of the city can become a more economically thriving and aesthetically vibrant place reflective of the natural beauty of the region, and the character of the community. Submissions will explore the ways a small, northern California city can transition from its agricultural past to a lively and sustainable future.

Category Idea Competition / Open to Students
Type International, Idea, Open, Anonymous
Genre Urban
Country California, United States
Registration Deadline 20 January 2012 GoogleCal iCal
Submission Deadline 3 February 2011 (via Online) GoogleCal
Eligibility professional and student

The community seeks a cohesive vision for its long-term future. This is an ideas competition. Proposals may be innovative and challenging, and should also present viable ways to implement real change. Successful designs will generate public discourse about the direction of the town’s future, and assist community leaders in plotting its course.

Brock Dolman
Lois Fisher
Curt Johansen
Ned Kahn
Kevin Kellogg

This will be a juried competition with cash prizes. There will be a public exhibition, and online publication of top award winners. A follow-up forum to determine possible implementation of design ideas is scheduled in early 2012. Cash prizes to be awarded at the sole discretion of the jury.

Entry Fee
Professional Submissions: $150 (+ $9.24 Eventbrite processing fee)
Student Submissions: $75 (+ $5.12 Eventbrite processing fee)

Format your presentation on one side of one 30" x 42" board.

Judging and Reception: November 4–6, 2011

The City of Sebastopol, California

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