Thursday, July 7, 2011

By the City for the City...submit play ideas for NYC!

 I missed the beginning of this contest, in which NYC's  Institute for Urban Design (IfUD) in New York City solicited ideas about how the city's public spaces could be improved, and received nearly 550 ideas from residents across five boroughs.
#416 Wouldn’t it be great if...
there were more simple (read: inexpensive) but creative play spaces around the city for both kids and adults, like last year's PS1 courtyard installation?

 #480 Wouldn’t it be great if...stormwater was displayed under bridges in an interesting way.

 #465 Wouldn’t it be great if...there were ziplines crossing the east river?

 #323 Wouldn’t it be great if...any wall could become a contested space.

The second phase of the contest is to responses to these ideas.  Define a specific site and prepare a short design brief that shouldn't be "too technical—the goal is to find great ideas that can capture the public imagination and start conversations, so even a single rendering qualifies; have fun with it!”

There is a $25.00 submission fee, but ALL submissions will be published in an “Atlas of Possibility for the Future of New York,” and one prizewinner will be selected for each borough plus five additional winners at the discretion of an interesting group of jurors:  architect Thom Mayne (Morphosis), Bary Bergdoll (Architecture Curator, Musem of Modern Art), Ned Cramer (Editor-in-Chief of Architect), and Janette Sadik-Khan (NYC Transportation Commissioner) , among others.

Only a week to submit your proposal...they're due July 14th! 

I hope there are some amazing play designs submitted...what a great venue for submitting your own great ideas (I know you have them) to one of the world's great cities!

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