The Harlem Edge/Cultivating Connections Competition

Ok. For those that have no experience or exposure to architectural competitions, this is how they work. Announcements are made on a website, blog, etc and the people interested, which usually is an international crowd mixed with firms, teams, individuals and students all submit their designs with the prize being anywhere from $1000-$5000. The most important thing from a competition like this is the exposure.  Obviously, the money is a big plus, but winning a competition like this can spring a young architects career.  ENYA consistently has interesting competitions in NYC and I will more than likely entering into this competition.  Last year, I had a design ready for the Museum of Comic Art in the Lower East Side of NYC, but my external hard drive crashed and it killed all/any momentum I had. This was my previous entry into an ENYA Competition.  The project was redesigning a cultural center that engaged the High Bridge that connects the Bronx to Harlem.  I needed a new challenge to shake things up and this is good timing.

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The Harlem Edge/Cultivating Connections Competition


Competition: The Harlem Edge/Cultivating Connections competition will explore the redevelopment of the decommissioned Department of Sanitation marine transfer station located in the Hudson River at 135th Street. The site offers the opportunity to engage the local Harlem community with the waterfront, and echoes recent efforts by New York City to reclaim the waterfront for non-industrial use, as included Department of City Planning in its Vision 2020, the Comprehensive Waterfront Action Plan for New York City.

Additional issues that may be addressed include: • public access to the city waterfront • means in which urban agriculture can be introduced into the community • creative programming and its ability to stimulate economic activity • sustainability This competition will generate a wide range of ideas that may infl uence the City’s and communities’ plans for the sustainable redevelopment of the site in the near future. Prior proposals for the site generated by community groups, including Community Board 9 and WEACT, a local environmental justice advocacy organization, suggested developing the site as a community facility. We concur with these goals and propose a loosely defi ned program that includes two key program components; a food and nutrition education complex and a multi-modal transportation hub (which will be complemented by unique programs designed by each individual submission.

Awards: ENYA Prize $5000 2nd Prize $2500 3rd Prize $1000 Student Prize $1000

Schedule: Sept. 27, 2011 Registration Opens Competition Launch Party ( Center for Architecture | 536 LaGuardia Place 6:00-8:00pm Oct.15, 2011 Open House New York Walking tour of Site 1:00pm | 3:00 pm Oct.16, 2011 Open House New York Walking tour of Site 1:00pm | 3:00 pm Jan. 16, 2011 Submissions Due Feb. 2012 Jury / Winners Announced July 12, 2012 Exhibition Opening | Publication Launch Party Center for Architecture | 536 LaGuardia Place 6:00-8:00pm July – Oct. 2012 Exhibition of Winning Entries Center for Architecture | 536 LaGuardia Place

Fees: Student $35 Member* $50 Single (Non-Member) $65 Team (2-4 people) $130 Team (5-10 people) $300 Academic Lab** $35 (includes 1 student entry) *AIA, Associate AIA & International Associate AIA

Elligibility: The competition is open to all design students and young professionals, including, but not limited to, architects, artists, engineers, landscape architects, urban designers and planners. Entrants are considered eligible if they have completed their education at the undergraduate or graduate level within the past 10 years of the competition announcement (September 1, 2011). The participants may be licensed individuals within their respective professions. About the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter: Founded in 1857 by seven visionary architects, the AIA New York Chapter is the fi rst and largest chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Today, the AIA New York Chapter is a membershipbased organization comprised of licensed architects and professional affi liates in real estate, construction, engineering, and facilities management, and currently has over 4,400 members. Operating out of the Center for Architecture, a storefront space in Greenwich Village, the Chapter is dedicated to three primary goals: public outreach, professional development, and design excellence. The AIA New York Chapter is guided by the work of its dedicated. Over two-dozen committees, open to all interested, are continually exploring such vital issues as housing, planning, urban design, community development, historical preservation, and environmental sustainability. The AIA New York Chapter also serves as an advocate in public policy discussions with governmental decision-makers and other civic and professional associations.

ENYA Biennial Design Ideas Competition Program: The ENYA Biennial Design Ideas Competition Program endeavors to broaden the scope of architectural discourse by posing a design challenge grounded in the context of New York City and encouraging both local and international emerging designers to participate. The program aims to: • Challenge emerging designers to explore their own design sensibilities while tackling complex urban challenges • Partner with non-profi t, governmental and community organizations that embody historical, environmental and social awareness • Provide a platform for designers to impact and discuss community development • Positively impact a New York City community and inspire increased community activism • Provoke continued political and/or architectural discourse ENYA Biennial Design Ideas Competition Program activities extend beyond the competition itself to include exhibitions, community workshops, and a publication.

Link: ENYA Competitions