Urban Intervention

The competition invites designers to conceive a fresh vision of environmental, social, and economic opportunities on and beyond a 9-acre site at the heart of Seattle Center.

Category Idea Competition
Type International, Idea, Open, Two-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Public, Urban
Country Seattle, United States
RegDeadline 27 January 2012 (See "Entry Fee" below) GoogleCal iCal
10 February 2012 (via Online) GoogleCal
Eligibility Established and emerging US and international design teams and individuals

How can public space evolve to better meet the needs of our changing social and natural systems? What kinds of public spaces will be needed in the future? How can activation and use of public spaces be encouraged and accommodated in new and inventive ways? Can we generate ideas today that will inform a new generation of cultural centers and public places?
The Seattle Center Century 21 Master Plan outlines a conceptual framework for the campus’ future. Its overarching planning and design principles call for a design that puts pedestrians first, and emphasizes flexibility, vibrancy, legibility, and artistic expression.
Key goals for the Core Site as envisioned in the Master Plan include:
- Open up the site and connect to the surrounding neighborhoods.
- Provide flexible open space for a variety of uses (field, entertainment venue, festivals, etc.).
- Relocate the Memorial Wall to a prominent place on the campus.
- Incorporate storm water management strategies.
- Accommodate structured parking and multimodal connections below grade, with above grade pedestrian connections.

Tom Leader (landscape architect, Tom Leader Studio, Berkeley, CA)
Mia Lehrer (landscape architect, Lehrer+Associates, Los Angeles, CA)
Rick Lowe (public artist, activist, founder of Project Row Houses, Houston, TX)
Patricia Patkau (architect, Patkau Architects, Vancouver, BC)
August de los Reyes (designer, strategy consultant, and educator, Seattle, WA)
Gene Duvernoy (president, Forterra, Seattle, WA)

Grand Prize: $30,000
Up to three finalists: $30,000 each

Entry Fee
Early Registration on or before January 6, 2012: $80
Regular Registration by January 27, 2012: $100

DESIGN STATEMENT: a single page PDF file (36” x 24”) and narrative design statement of up to 250 words
ANALYTIC CONCEPT SKETCHES: a single page PDF file (36” x 24”) and narrative design statement of up to 750 words
EXHIBITION PANEL: a single page PDF file (40” x 80”) and narrative design statement of up to 750 words

Finalist Announcement: February 27
Finalist Learning Visit to Seattle: March - April, 2012
Phase 2 Finalist Submissions Due: April 27, 2012
Finalist Presentations, Final Jury: May 11 - 12, 2012
Public Program with Winning Team: May 15 - 30, 2012
Exhibit of Most Inspiring Entries: May 15 - June, 2012

The Grousemont Foundation, AIA Seattle, The Next Fifty

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