Competition: Urban Intervention

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Urban Intervention is challenging you, the innovative designer, to create a multidisciplinary design team able to conceive the new vision for ’s public space in the coming century. “Design ideas should harness Seattle’s history of innovation and civic engagement to inspire the next generation of great public spaces, connecting interaction and innovation to meet the challenges of the future”.

The 9-acre site is located within the 74-acre Seattle Center campus, neighboring the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Experience Music Project, Space Needle and other cultural assets. The top three finalists will receive $30,000, allowing them to further develop their ideas into the second phase. The grand prize winner will receive an additional $30,000 cash award.

Continue reading for more important dates and information.

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Important Dates:
January 6 Early Registration Deadline
January 27 Registration Closes
February 3 End of Question Period
February 10 Phase 1 Submissions Due
February 27 Finalist Announcement
March – April Finalist Learning Visit to Seattle
April 27 Phase 2 Finalist Submissions Due
May 11 – 12 Finalist Presentations, Final Jury
May 15 – 30 Public Program with Winning Team
May 15 – June Exhibit of Most Inspiring Entries

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

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Jury to Date:
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

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The competition is funded by the Grousemont Foundation – established to honor long-term civic leader Howard S. Wright, creator of the iconic Seattle Space Needle. Seattle Center, Seattle Center Foundation / The Next Fifty and AIA Seattle are partners of the Urban Intervention.

“Urban Intervention will provide the next generation with a chance to both dream big and, ultimately, do big.”

Click here to download the full brief and register.

Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "Competition: Urban Intervention" 30 Dec 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 24 May 2015. <>