City Council launches design contest for Brooklyn Bridge walkway

Elise Czajkowski
February 11, 2020 - 2:41 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The Brooklyn Bridge walkway – which is shared between pedestrians and cyclists – is often a crowded, uncomfortable, and unsafe. Now the City Council is launching a design contest for ideas on how to fix the iconic promenade.

The New York City Council, in partnership with the Van Alen Institute, is launching Reimagining Brooklyn Bridge, a competition for ideas on how to improve the bridge's walkway.

The competition is open to anyone, including students and international participants. There will be two categories of finalists - professionals, for those aged 22 and older, and young adults, for those 21 or under. Three professional finalists will receive $13,000 each; three young adult finalist will receive $3,000.

Entries will be judged on several criteria, including the diversity of the submitting team, the accessibility and safety of the plan, the "magic" of the design to "surprise, delight, and fascinate" the public, environmental sustainability, and, for the professional track, the feasibility of the plan.

Proposals are due by Apr. 5. The six final designs will be presented to the public in July, when members of the public will be able to vote on their favorite design.

In a tweet, City Council President Corey Johnson announced the opening of the submission portal. "We can't wait to see what you come up with," he wrote.

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