Open Design Competition: NYC Aquarium & Public Waterfront

Open Design Competition: NYC Aquarium & Public Waterfront

New York City has seen rapid redevelopment that has capitalized on previously undesirable locations. Sitting at the top of these locations are the sites that have access to waterfront. Most of the ventures in these areas are private economic interests that only address public value when there is a direct return on profit. If not taken into consideration many of these waterfronts will be absorbed and, with the constant return of people to the urban core, there lies a need to create public and cultural infrastructure. In a city that is filled with numerous icons, parks, theaters, and museums an aquarium is one of the few remaining public typologies that isn't prevalent within the immediate area.

On a site that borders the East River and the Eleventh Street Basin in New York City, arch out loud proposes the implementation of a public aquarium and park to provide communal space for the surrounding city. arch out loud challenges designers to experiment with conventional interpretations of this program and investigate how it can create a relationship to its context.


1st Place - $2,000.
2nd Place - $1,000.
3rd Place - $500.
Director’s Choice - $100.
5 Honorable Mentions.


Todd Degarmo - is the CEO of Studios Architecture. Todd has lead many projects in New York City, the U.S. and countries around the world. Todd is on the board of the New York Restoration Project and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

Martha Schwartz - is the principal of Martha Schwartz Partners. She is a renown landscape architect based out of London, NYC and China. Martha has lead the design of many urban parks and public destinations.

James Hampton - is a Senior Associate at Peddle Thorp Architects, based out of Melbourne, Australia. James is the lead aquarium architect at PTA, who has designed many aquariums around the world.

Socrati Seretis - is a Senior Design Associate at Peddle Thorp Architects. Socrati is an innovative designer, pushing the limits of aquarium design. James and Socrati will be judging design submissions together to represent Peddle Thorp Architects.

Edouard Cabay - is an architect based out of Barcelona, where he leads his design firm Appariel and teaches at the Institute of Advanced Architecture. Edouard also currently teaches in Laussane, Switzerland and Paris, France.

Danny Ha - is Vice President and a Design Principal at The Jerde Partnership in Los Angeles, California. Danny leads many of the firm’s projects based out of Asia, Russia, and the United States. Danny is a graduate of Columbia University in New York City.

Anna Pietrzak - is a designer at KPF in New York City. Anna will be serving as the jury administrator and will be in communication with arch out loud to assure the selection process runs smoothly.


Advanced Registration Deadline - December 31st, 2015
Early Registration Deadline - February 14th, 2016
Regular Registration and Submission Deadline - April 4th, 2016

Contact arch out loud at

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  • Title

    Open Design Competition: NYC Aquarium & Public Waterfront
  • Type

    Competition Announcement (Ideas)
  • Website

  • Organizers

  • Registration Deadline

    April 04, 2016 11:30 PM
  • Submission Deadline

    November 15, 0001 11:30 PM
  • Venue

    Eleventh Street Basin, Queens, New York City
  • Price

    Advanced 11/01-12/31:$55 Early 01/01-02/14:$70 Regular 02/15-04/04:$85

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Cite: "Open Design Competition: NYC Aquarium & Public Waterfront" 10 Jan 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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