EDGE as CENTER: Envisioning the Post-Industrial Landscape

The City of Somerville, Massachusetts and the Boston Society of Architects invite designers to envision the future of a pivotal post-industrial area in Somerville, known as the BrickBottom District. Urban design schemes for the area will conceptualize the ideas of neighbourhood and infrastructure that accompany the redevelopment of large areas of underutilized industrial land.

Given the site’s current potential for development and future light-rail transit connections, coupled with existing physical and economic constraints, the competition asks: what is the future for the BrickBottom District in the contemporary urban context?

Innovative urban visions for the area, along with more specific design interventions, will play a vital role in overcoming the complex hurdles to development in this area, transforming it in bold, optimistic ways that will benefit Somerville and its residents for generations.

The jury is comprised of: Rodolfo Machado, Riki Moss, William Rawn, and Adele Naude Santos. $35,000 in prize money is to be divided among three winners at the discretion of the jury.

The registration deadline is March 31, 2006; entries are due May 26, 2006. The fee is $125 for professionals, $50 for interns, and $35 for students.

For more information, please visit www.architects.org/shaping_communities/index.cfm?doc_id=175or contact Alexandra Lee at alee@architects.org.