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Location: Bentonville, AR
Northwest Arkansas Design Excellence Program
Deadline: October 14
The Northwest Arkansas Design Excellence Program promotes the highest level of design in the development of future public buildings and spaces in Benton and Washington counties. Through the Design Excellence Program, the foundation regularly partners with local municipalities and nonprofit organizations by offering financial support for all aspects of design.
Over the last 25 years, the population in Northwest Arkansas has more than doubled, creating opportunities and challenges in planning and design. The Northwest Arkansas Design Excellence Program seeks to address these opportunities by encouraging the design of public spaces that put people first. Projects supported by the program will strengthen public life, elevate standards of sustainability and resilience, celebrate local cultures and place, and build regional capacity.
By identifying top design professionals, the program will fund projects developed with a clear understanding of how people use and experience public space in the intersection of life, space and buildings. Designing places and spaces for people can: support children’s ability to learn; provide a platform for local arts and culture to flourish; help keep a community physically active and mentally stimulated; build social cohesion; spur economic development; and help us live in harmony with the environment. The Design Excellence program places emphasis on inclusive community engagement and representation throughout all phases of design and development.