For the last three years the Architecture for Humanity Chicago has provided a opportunity for those interested in creativity and design by offering a free and public judged competition to redefine public space on a temporary basis and a budget of $1,000. In partnership with the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) they have officially launched their fourth annual ACTIVATE! Design Competition.
ACTIVATE! 2013 theme is part of the Chicago Department of Transportation ‘Make Way for People’ initiative and will focus on four sites across the city in Old Town, Pilsen, Woodlawn and East Garfield Park. In which similar installations from the organization’s competition have been shown to increase pedestrian activity, which can lead to increases in revenue to adjacent businesses and encourage multi-modal, healthy transportation. The goal is to increase access to open space and improve street safety for the community, while providing a replicable model for neighborhoods across Chicago and design organizations across the country.
Architecture for Humanity Chicago believes that neighborhoods, public spaces and infrastructures can be made universally friendly through the use of creative design. This competition is to encourage this concept and for a limited time allow this concept to work for the community.
All submissions are due by March 15, 2013. The design rights are help under a creative commons jointly between Architecture for Humanity Chicago and the designer. Both Architecture for Humanity Chicago chapter and the parent organization Architecture for Humanity can use all designs entered freely in print, digital and multimedia publication materials. The designer/design team will be celebrated accordingly.
February 14, 2013