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Transforming Seattle’s 520 Floating Bridge

17/06/2012 by architectural competitions

The Transforming Seattle’s 520 Floating Bridge 2012 International Design Ideas Competition is challenging the design and art communities to envision new, innovative reuse strategies for Seattle’s 520 floating bridge, which will be decommissioned in 2014. The Competition seeks design proposals which either utilize the bridge in its current state or take the bridge apart and reuse its pontoons. It asks the questions: What is a floating bridge when its function is no longer needed? What can designers do when faced with the design problem of reusing thirty-three floating concrete pontoons?

June 5, 2012                           Competition Announcement; Early Registration Begins; Inquiry Period Begins
July 5, 2012                             End of Early Registration
July 20, 2012                           Inquiry Deadline
August 10, 2012                      Registration Closes
August 15, 2012                      Submissions Due
September 21, 2012                Awards Announced at Seattle Design Festival and on Website
Sept. 18 – Oct. 26, 2012         Public Exhibition in AIA Seattle Gallery; Virtual Exhibition Launched

The Transforming Seattle’s 520 Floating Bridge 2012 International Design Ideas Competition will be awarding a total of $6,000 in cash prizes.* Each submittal is only eligible for one award.

First Place – $3,000
Second Place – $1,500
Third Place – $500
Best Student Entry – $500
5 Honorable Mentions – $100 each

The Competition has no authority to award a design contract for this project. It is an ideas competition with the intent only to promote innovation and discussion. The competition is in no way linked to the Washington State Department of Transportation or any other controlling government agency.

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