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Creative Action, in partnership with Urban Land Institute (ULI) Louisiana, the University of Louisiana Lafayette School of Architecture and Design, and AOC Community Media announces an open ideas competition for six downtown sites in Lafayette, LA. "[Imagine Downtown] Lafayette" invites individuals, students, and professionals to participate.
Each of the six sites has a unique set of strengths, weaknesses and opportunities. Participants must select one of these sites and propose specific solutions to its particular challenges.
The goal is to invigorate the urban core while also uniting surrounding neighborhoods and producing a 24-hour community.
Site considerations include increasing affordable residential and mixed-use density; accommodating parking needs; reinforcing existing plazas, parks and streetscapes; strengthening pedestrian and bikeway connectivity to surrounding neighborhoods and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's main campus; facilitating public transportation; and developing a sustainable urban condition.
Registration opens August 30, 2012 and closes October 15, 2012. All entries must be received by January 15, 2013. A single winning design will be selected for each of the six sites, with each winning design receiving a $1500 cash award. There will also be a public exhibition following the competition, in the spring of 2013 featuring the top-rated designs. Jurors will include local, regional and national architects and urban designers.
Those encouraged to participate include individuals and interdisciplinary teams of students, architects, urban planners, landscape architects, designers, real estate developers, artists, creative professionals, and entrepreneurs. Entry fee is $30 per submission. Full registration guidelines are available on the website.
+ info: www.creativeactionacadiana.org
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