Newark Visitors Center


First Place
di Domenico + Partners
John di Domenico AIA, LEED AP
Andrew Berger AIA, ALSA
Kenji Suzuki AIA
Adam Mercier

Long Island City, NY

Second Place
PLT Design
Barak Pliskin LEED AP BD+C
Kai Liang
Tri Nguyen

New York, NY

Third Place
Nicolas Cascarano
Andrew Herland
Brittany Eggert
Harry Van Oudenallen

Milwaukee, WI

Fourth Place
Christina Draghi
Tamiko Beyer

Brooklyn, NY

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We invite designers to fend innovative, visionary and compelling proposals for Newark, New Jersey's Visitors Center.

Category Idea Competition / Competition Result / Open to Students
Type International, Idea, Open, Single-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Visitor-Center
Country Newark, United States
Registration Deadline 31 August 2009 GoogleCal iCal
Submission Deadline 15 October 2009 (via Online) GoogleCal
Eligibility All

Competitors are asked to address the site on a variety of issues. Designers are asked to develop a strategy for receiving patrons and educating, entertaining, and directing them. Proposals should link the diverse historic and urban opportunities located within the area.
Address the historical, present day, and future value of this new structure in Newark.
While the project has sufficient access via Penn Station, many patrons may utilize vehicles. Rethink options for on-site vehicular parking, while creating a pedestrian friendly site. Propose innovative solutions to existing parking conditions. Consider the significance of the site as a threshold or transition between the urban fabric of Newark, the metropolitan area and the occupants of the site.
The financial stability of Newark, NJ often depends on the proximity of Newark to New York City. Commuter /Business operations generate revenue that can sustain Newark and the local community. Consider Newark's need for additional financial resources when developing programmatic elements for the visitor center. Envision economic strategies that may strengthen your proposal. (i.e., public-private partnerships)

Not yet announced

First Prize: $10,000
Second Prize: $7,000
Third Prize: $3,000
Honorable Mention: $1,000

Entry Fee
$150 USD for professionals
$75 USD for students

2 digital files for 40" x40" boards (PDF and JPEG) and 1 image and an Description in 250 words or less

Jury Deliberation: November 2009 (exact date TBD)
Award Ceremony: January 2010 (exact date TBD)
Public Display of Winning Entries: To be announced
Exhibit of Finalist and Winners: To be announced

AIA Newark and Suburban Architects

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