Southpoint: from Ruin to Rejuvenation international ideas competition

This competition is open to design students and young professionals, including architects, engineers, landscape architects, urban designers and planners who have completed their education at the undergraduate or graduate level within the past ten years.

The awards are as follows: $6,000 for the 1st Place ENYA prize, $2,500 for 2nd Place, $1,000 for 3rd Place, $1,000 for the Student Award, and $1,000 for the Historic Preservation Award. November 15, 2005 is the registration deadline, and January 13, 2006 is the submission deadline. The entry fee is $65 for individual, $100 for a team of 2-5 people, $100 for a group of 5+ people, and $100 academic fee, $35 for student.

The confirmed jury thus far is comprised of: Mimi Hoang, Principal of nARCHITECTS; Beth Tauke, Associate Professor, University of Buffalo; Dr. Tadeusz Sudol, President of the Roosevelt Island Visual Arts Association (RIVAA); and Pedro Calzavara, winner of the 2003-2004 ENYA Prize, representing Calzavara-Flora-Recoba Studio, Uruguay.

The Southpoint: from Ruin to Rejuvenation competition is an effort to provide young and emerging architects and designers with the opportunity to engage in the development of the southern tip of Roosevelt Island. The site, located at the ruin of James Renwick Jr. Smallpox Hospital, will provide a platform to discuss issues of preservation, an opportunity to take advantage of glorious city views, and a chance to access a unique and inimitable physical environment.

Inspired by its tradition of being a public gathering space for the Fourth of July festivities and a transient art installation space, the universal arts center program will call for a multi-use facility thatcan accommodate both performing and visual arts. Designed with the entire Roosevelt Island constituency in mind, the competition will be tailored to fit an arts organization with a number of community outreach programs. Ideally, these programs would include, or perhaps even cater to, the high percentage of disabled residents on the island. Execution of this program brief will address a number of fundamental design issues including the use of universal design in adaptive reuse projects.

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