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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL

Urban Street Shade Competition 

Fort Lauderdale Design and Ideas Competition

Grace Arts Center | Urban Shade Competition

Competition Summary

Members of CNU have an extended submittal date of December 5, 2018 due to a clerical error and should notate their proposal accordingly when sending electronically or by post.

The ‘urban shade’ competition provides opportunities for non-design and design professionals to submit inspired ideas about how to connect a new regional transit/bus station to the governmental center/museum/library hub across two long city blocks through a seamless, safe shade structure (the structure can cover the street section at crosswalks for example without blocking vision of drivers or bicyclists). In fact, proposals could include rerouting existing traffic to streets outside the two city blocks creating instead a city square combined with an urban shade structure. Bicyclists and pedestrians should feel safe to use the structure together and be free of vehicular traffic.

Competition entries should propose a 'work of art,' a compelling entryway to the downtown,recycling water, wind and sun at the surface to power lighting at night and interactive elements, attracting people to photograph and use the structure, becoming a part of Fort Lauderdale's growing community and skyline. The design should encourage users to consider donating to the maintenance of the structure and to the city’s new homeless assistance program for those living on the street near the structure.

The finalists should draw inspiration from the history of the area of Fort Lauderdale and it’s cultural moniker, “Venice of America,” suggesting art and design that could invigorate this tourism destination with ‘urban street life livability.

The competition is in two category:

  1. Open Ideas Category (aka not a design professional): An ideas competition for the general public, including artists and marketing firms to devise and explain open-ended and broadly defined interesting,creative and effective street shade and/or the most effective pedestrian protections from the natural elements of the south Florida, urban microclimate
  2. Professional Category: A design competition for Architects, Landscape Architects, Engineers, scientists, Land Planners and Artists, to individually or in groups, to describe in detail with drawings, model photographs, simulations/modelling or other chosen media, design/engineering/artistic solutions for shading the street scene of Fort Lauderdale.  

Both categories of entries shall be mailed via national postal service or sent via express post to:

  • Grace Arts Center
  • 816 S.E. 8th Street
  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316 U.S.A. o Phone: 954 816 3324

Said entries shall be postmarked at the latest exactly before 12 midnight, i.e. 23.59 hours, Eastern Standard Time, of the U.S.A., on the 5th of November, 2018 and said postmark copy shall be emailed to the sponsor at: Any entries postmarked after this date will be disqualified. 

The first ranked entry from both the professional and open ideas category could receive grant funding to further develop their ideas for presentation to the City Commission and/or sponsoring organizations in 2019 (receiving funds for travel to the vernissage should it be held as well).