Gallaudet University International Design Competition

concorso internazionale di progettazione

scadenza il 1° ottobre 2015

La Gallaudet University di Washington, insieme alla JBG Companies e con gli inglesi della Malcolm Reading Consultants lancia un concorso di progettazione in due fasi per selezionare team multidisciplinari e rivitalizzare il suo storico campus e creare un nuovo e vibrante distretto culturale.

Gallaudet University, in Washington, D.C., along with its development partner, The JBG Companies, and London-based competition organizers Malcolm Reading Consultants today [September 2, 2015] launched the Gallaudet University International Design Competition. The two-stage design competition seeks an outstanding multidisciplinary design team to create a new campus gateway and redefine the University's urban edge as a vibrant, mixeduse, creative and cultural district.

The $60M public realm-focused project is expected to be delivered in multiple phases. The project will position Gallaudet's campus and its surrounding community as a focal point for the U.S. capital's newly emerging creative economy.

Gallaudet University is the only bilingual liberal arts university in the world where academic and research programs for deaf and hard of hearing students are conducted in both American Sign Language (ASL) and English. An internationally-recognized center for Deaf Culture, Gallaudet is at the center of an emerging renaissance known as Deaf Gain: a paradigm shift that switches the emphasis from hearing loss to the cultural, creative and cognitive gains of deaf ways of being in the world.

The historic core of the University's campus was originally designed by Frederick Law Olmsted (known for New York's Central Park) in 1866. Gallaudet is immediately adjacent to some of Washington, D.C.'s, fastest-growing and most dynamic mixed-use neighborhoods, and is less than two miles northeast of the U.S. Capitol Building.

As well as reaching out to international designers, the competition will also be asking for ideas, insights and inspirations from the Gallaudet community, and supporters, both stateside and internationally, through the Shape Gallaudet initiative. The best insights will be incorporated in the briefing to shortlisted design teams at the beginning of the competition's second stage. The competition will be the first time DeafSpace Guidelines, developed at Gallaudet, will be applied to the public realm.

Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged, Gallaudet and the competition organizers hope to see these include architects, landscape architects and specialists in human behavior, performing and fine arts, communication technology, wayfinding and engineering disciplines, among others.

No design is required at the first stage of the competition; competitors will be assessed on their understanding of the institution and project, team composition and past experience. The (up-to-five) design teams who reach the second stage will address the design of a new Gateway Plaza, a revitalization of the campus' historic Olmsted Green, and the creation of a new public realm that will integrate the campus with the vibrant urban fabric of a wider regeneration project within Washington, D.C., including the emerging Florida Avenue Market area.

Teams will need to produce design proposals for a visitors' pavilion located within the Gateway Plaza, as well as conceptual proposals for a landmark building at the epicenter of the campus, which will command views across a number of strategic routes. An honorarium of $50,000 U.S. dollars will be awarded to each of the shortlisted teams following selection of the winner.

Both competitors and Shape Gallaudet contributors have until 12:00 EDT October 1, 2015 to enter stage one of the competition.

Full details of the competition are available on the dedicated website: competitions.malcolmreading.co.uk/gallaudet

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