Gateway Competition

Envisioning Gateway: A Public Design Competition for Gateway

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Envisioning Gateway: A Public Design Competition | Gateway Park Sites

Envisioning GatewayThe National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), Van Alen Institute (VAI) and Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP) have joined together to launch an international public design competition to create a new vision for Gateway National Recreation Area.

NPCA, VAI and GSAPP believe that an open design competition will generate substantive dialogue across the many local, municipal, state and federal agencies and the public-at-large at to raise awareness of Gateway's potential both as a regional asset and national treasure.

This public design competition will help redefine Gateway as a world-renowned national park and a global model for thinking about not only the role of national parks relative to an increasingly urbanized national landscape, but the ways in which thriving cities and complex ecosystems can co-exist and enrich each other. In efforts to align with New York City's 2030 Vision, the competition will address threats facing Gateway, including Jamaica Bay's ecosystem and Floyd Bennett Field. Designs will generate a collaborative vision that bridges science, design, and politics, as well as new 'green technologies' and new sustainable design principles and practices for the adjacent waters in the region and beyond.

Architects, landscape architects, ecologists, planners, and urban designers from around the globe are invited to generate innovative, visionary and compelling proposals that celebrate the unique potential of this 26,600-acre national park. Members of a distinguished and diverse competition jury will evaluate the submissions, and winning entries will be presented to the National Park Service for potential inclusion in the next planning phase of Gateway's General Management Plan, which is scheduled for 2009.

The competition is being presented and managed online. All essential information for competitors – including instructions, registration, guidelines, program details, guidelines, site plans, photographs and submission – can be found on this website. The website also includes an extensive Research Report on Gateway, written by a team of investigators at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation. This written report is available for download and includes the 'Gateway Atlas' – a series of maps and diagrams describing Gateway's physical and organizational context.

The winning entries will be posted on the website. To cast your opinion on the winning designs or offer your feedback to the designers or the Park Service about the designs, please visit the competition website.

The competition is being held in anticipation of the National Park Service Centennial in 2016, which will provide an opportunity to reinvest in Gateway by focusing on a renewed commitment to environmental education based on an understanding that "nature" in urban environments is complex, actively constructed, and dynamic.

The design competition is being underwritten by The Tiffany & Co. Foundation.


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