2012 Cleveland Design Competition

The 2012 Cleveland Design Competition: Transforming the Bridge is now Open for Registration! 


The Cleveland Design Competition invites professionals, students, firms and designers to re-imagine the abandoned lower streetcar level of Cleveland’s Detroit-Superior Bridge as a dynamic public space, performance venue and pedestrian experience. At the beginning of 2012, an initiative called “The Bridge Project” was launched to raise public awareness about the potential of The Bridge and to engage the community for input on opening the lower level for public use. The Cleveland Design Competition has partnered with The Bridge Project to engage designers to propose compelling visions for the permanent use of The Bridge, public access into and passage through the lower level of The Bridge, and connectivity to surrounding neighborhoods.


The Bridge offers tremendous potential for use as a dynamic public space, performance venue, and sheltered bicycle/pedestrian connection over the Cuyahoga River. Designs will provoke public conversation about creative place making in Cleveland and provide innovative ideas for a world-class public space.
CLICK HERE to check out more information about this year’s competition challenge on the new competition webpage.


At the conclusion of the 2012 Cleveland Design Competition, a jury of nationally renowned experts will select submissions to receive the following prizes:

First Place: $5,000.00 USD

Second Place: $2,000.00 USD

Third Place: $1,000.00 USD


To see the list of past jurors, please check out the competition jury page at www.clevelandcompetition.com/jury. To read more about the 2012 Cleveland Design Competition or to sign up for competition updates, go to: http://www.clevelandcompetition.com


Please feel free to pass along this email to any designer, architect, planner or otherwise interested parties that might be interested in knowing more information, supporting, or entering the 2012 Cleveland Design Competition!


Special thanks to those that have made the 2012 Cleveland Design Competition possible: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, The Bridge Project, Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, National Endowment for the Arts, Ohio City Inc., Warehouse District, and AIA Cleveland.

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