High Line Design Competition Prepares to Launch

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High Line Design Competition Prepares to Launch

FHL will launch its eagerly anticipated design competition later this month. The open, one-stage ideas competition will challenge entrants to create compelling visions for a new, urban, public space on 1.45 miles of existing New York City infrastructure – the High Line. Specifically, entrants will be encouraged to define a comprehensive vision for the High Line; to identify design solutions to the challenge of providing universal (A.D.A.-compliant) access to the structure's elevated platform; and to provide a creative response to the High Line's urban context – especially the structure's unique ability to interact with existing and future construction. The contest will culminate in a well-publicized exhibition at a high-profile Manhattan venue, accompanied by a publication and a Web site.

Who can enter: The competition is open to architects, landscape architects, planners, engineers, artists, community members, and all other interested parties. Multi-disciplinary teams are encouraged to enter.

Registration fee: $100 for individual/team entries. Architecture schools can pay a per-studio fee of $300 and enter up to 15 separate student entries.

Deadlines: Registrations will be accepted between the competition's launch, in mid-December 2002, and April 4, 2003. Deadline for submissions: May 5, 2003.

Jurors: Architects Steven Holl, Bernard Tschumi, and Marilyn Jordan Taylor; curator Lynne Cook, of Dia Center for the Arts; a FHL representative; and four additional jurors, to be announced.

For more info: Following the official launch, the competition guidelines, registration forms, and background research will be available at www.thehighline.org/competition.