Chicago Urban Design Competition

This is a two-phase open international architectural competition whose objective is to honour Chicago’s commitments to sustainability and community development by designing a space defined sculpturally, architecturally, and naturally that addresses the following criteria:

*responds to the needs of the Bethany Brethren Community Center, including individual plots for gardeners and an intergenerational recreation area
*reflects the ambience, quality of life, and culture of the neighborhood and develop innovative ideas for recreation and other public uses in harmony with the day-to-day life of residents
*considers the relationship of the site to the flanking landmarks (Garfield Park Conservatory and CCGT) and the need for enhanced connections between the site, the business district and residential areas
*provides ideas on how to develop the organizational capacity of the neighborhood to commit and invest in the ongoing “greening” of their community.

The Phase I winner will receive a $3,000 stipend and a commission to work with community groups to design an outdoor community space.The submission deadline is April 15, 2006. Phase I winners will be announced on April 30, 2006.

The second phase will pair the winner and the community in a series of workshops between May and June 2006. Construction of the final project is planned to be complete by October 2006.

For more information, please visit www.urban-open.org or e-mail info@urban-open.org.

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