Urban environments are becoming overly reliant on automobiles. But the use of landscaped, elevated thoroughfares that encourage foot travel instead can reduce congestion and improve the overall experience of urban life. Across the world, cities have transformed underused roadways and abandoned railroad spurs into lively pedestrian walkways, stimulating development in adjacent neighborhoods and ushering in a new era of linear-park design. Although usually created for public recreation, these elevated urban pathways increasingly show potential, when properly designed, to become a preferred mode of daily transit for commuters as well.
For this reason the publishers of Metals in Construction have selected a pedestrian bridge as the subject of the magazine’s 2019 Design Challenge. The competition asks architects, engineers, and students to design a span that connects the transportation hub of the newly adapted Moynihan Station with Hudson Yards, the city’s largest development since Rockefeller Center—and the destination for a projected 100,000 people walking to their offices there from the rail station each day.
Entrants are asked to submit their vision for a bridge of structural steel construction that navigates efficiently between the two sites for those traveling by foot, spanning the activity below with a minimum of interruption and a maximum of transparency. A distinguished jury of architects and engineers will award the $15,000 grand prize to the design judged best at delivering multimodal connectivity while becoming an iconic wayfinding landmark unto itself.
Design Brief for the Metals in Construction 2019 Design Challenge: Create a New Urban Pathway
The Metals in Construction magazine 2019 Design Challenge is a competition to generate ideas for making foot travel a more attractive, engaging component of living and working in a city. With urban environments overly reliant on automobiles, creating elevated, landscaped thoroughfares that encourage foot travel can reduce congestion and improve the overall experience of urban life. One testament to this is the popularity of the High Line’s transformation of an abandoned railroad spur into a pedestrian walkway, stimulating development in adjacent neighborhoods along the way. The High Line captivates New Yorkers in a way that few projects do. It also demonstrates the potential such projects have to revolutionize urban landscapes by serving not just as places for public recreation, but also, when properly designed, as preferred modes of travel for commuters to use on a daily basis.
It is for this reason that the publishers of Metals in Construction magazine selected a pedestrian bridge as the subject of the 2019 Design Challenge. The challenge is to conceive of a pedestrian bridge that connects the transportation hub of the newly adapted Moynihan Station with the city’s largest development since Rockefeller Center, Hudson Yards, where studies project 100,000 workers will travel to offices there from the rail station each day.
Your challenge: Submit your vision for a pedestrian bridge that navigates efficiently between the two sites. The design must reward foot travel by providing a distinctive experience that transports the user into a different place, encouraging its use as the desired mode of daily travel. A panel of experienced architects and engineers will award the $15,000 grand prize to the design judged best at delivering this connectivity while becoming an iconic urban pathway unto itself.
About the site: Moynihan Station takes up two entire New York City blocks on Manhattan’s West Side, stretching from Eighth to Ninth Avenues between 31st and 33rd streets. The eastern half of the building across from Madison Square Garden and the present Pennsylvania Station contains the transportation hub in question, while the western half contains unrelated commercial use.
Hudson Yards is a large urban development occupying 28-acres that is transforming the West Side of Manhattan with construction of 18,000,000 square feet of state-of-the art commercial and residential space, including a new center for artistic innovation called The Shed. Accessible from the city’s widely popular High Line, competition entries must show the Shed as the termination point for the pedestrian walkway at Hudson Yards.
Specific Design Guidelines
The pedestrian bridge is to be of structural steel construction and span the activity below with a minimum of interruption and supports. It may be covered or open but maximum transparency is desired for both well-being and security. Your entry must show the pedestrian walkway originating at the transportation hub portion of Moynihan Station and terminating in the vicinity of The Shed at Hudson Yards.
Elevation changes are permitted along the route, as are overlooks, kiosks, and other features. Access from street level may be provided at multiple locations. Keep in mind that its foremost objective is to efficiently serve the 100,000 commuters likely to use this pathway daily. And, of course, it must always be accessible for persons with disabilities.
Your entry must incorporate innovative design elements that make the bridge a distinctive, efficient, and desirable pathway for day-to-day, round-the-clock travel between the two locations. It must also clearly satisfy conventional design, construction, and sustainability standards. In addition to structural steel, the use of additional durable materials with long lifetimes, and of additional materials produced with fewer carbon emissions, will be considered in the judging. However, the required scope of this challenge is the goal of enhancing necessary foot travel by engaging pedestrians in an experience that rewards this mode of travel.
Registration and submission are handled completely through www.metalsinconstruction.org. The process is composed of three parts:
- Entrant Information – Contact information of the individual or team submitting. This will not be shared with judges and is only for contact purposes. Enter additional team names in the “Notes” section of the Project Description Prompts.
- Project Description Prompts – A series of descriptive points related to the design and process of the submission.
- Proposal Visualization – Up to 10 pages may be submitted to represent the proposal. This attachment should be one (1) multi-page PDF file (max. 10 pages) formatted at 11”x17” (ledger) and can include supporting backup data, calculations, and commentary to supplement the images. Do not link or embed objects. Links to any video or animated components may be pasted into Project Description Prompts. Maximum file size is 20MB.
- All materials are due by February 1, 2019, 11:59 p.m. Once you register via this site, you or your teammates may log in and edit your competition entry as many times as you like until the deadline.
One grand prize of $15,000 will be awarded at a half-day conference at the state-of-the art TimesCenter in New York City on Friday, February 22, 2019. Along with the winner(s), the jury will select up to 10 honorable mentions for presentation and discussion at the conference. The winner and the top five finalists will also be published in Metals in Construction magazine and its digital platforms.
The Metals in Construction magazine 2019 Design Challenge is open to both students and professionals in the architecture and engineering disciplines. Employees of sponsors are not eligible. All entrants agree to be bound by the Official Rules. Each proposal is expected to fulfill the design criteria outlined in the Design Brief.
The entry fee for the competition is $125 for students and $150 for professionals.
Maximum Number of Entries
The number of entries is not limited. Individuals or teams may enter multiple proposals.
By submitting an entry, the entrants warrant that it is his/her/their original work and that they have worldwide permission to publish the material.
With the exception of the Entrant Information section of the Registration form, nowhere in your Proposal Summary or Proposal Visualization, should your name or likeness appear. Entrants must keep all submitted materials anonymous.
Registration and Submission
Entries must be submitted electronically via the Registration form on www.metalsinconstruction.org. We will not accept mailed entries.
The online Registration form allows entrants to provide a Proposal Summary and Proposal Visualization in the form of a multi-page PDF file. Linked or embedded objects will not be judged. If an attached file is corrupt, we will contact the applicant for a replacement file, which must be received no later than February 1, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. EST.
The deadline is February 1, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. EST.
A panel of industry judges will choose the winner on February 15, 2018. The winner and any runners-up will be notified by telephone or email. Judges’ decisions are final.
Announcing the Winner & Runner Up
The winner and any runners-up will be awarded on February 22, 2019. If a winner cannot be contacted or is disqualified for any reason, the Metals in Construction magazine Design Challenge and the Steel Institute of New York (herein after “the Institute”) reserve the right to determine an alternate winner or not to award that winner’s prize, in its sole discretion. The Institute also reserves the right not to award a prize for any other reason. The winner will be invited to a half-day conference on February 22, 2019, where the winner will be announced publicly, along with feedback from the competition judges. Any entry may be noted in Metals in Construction magazine and on siny.org and ominy.org.
Winner and Runners-Up’s Obligations
- The winner and runners-up must sign a copy of his/her/their registration assigning the publishing rights to the Institute and the Institutes to use the design in print, online, in events/exhibits, in advertisements/publicity, and license others to do so.
- The winner and runners-up must provide publication quality images of the winning project, defined as 300 DPI at 10” x 12”.
- The winner and runners-up must provide a publication quality individual or team photo.
- The winner and runners-up will be asked to provide image credits as necessary.
- The winner and runners-up must be available for interview by the Institute.
- The winner only will be asked to send a representative to a half-day conference on February 22, 2019.
Information provided on the Registration form may appear in Metals in Construction magazine, and/or siny.org and ominy.org. Image credit information may need to be condensed or edited for space. The Institute is not responsible for incorrect information provided on Registration forms that misrepresents the copyright of original ownership of ideas.
The Institute assumes that all entries are original and are the works and property of the entrant, with all rights granted therein. The Institute is not liable for violations of any third-party rights, including, but not limited to, claims of copyright, trademark, patent infringement, defamation, trade secrets, or trade dress on the part of the entrant. The Institute assumes that all images provided with entries are free of any third-party rights. The entrant may submit images that are works for hire for an employer only if entrant has secured written permission for the submitted image(s) to appear Metals in Constructionmagazine and/or siny.org and ominy.org. The Institute will include photographer credits if that information is provided when high-resolution images are submitted.
By entering this competition you agree to abide by these rules and you warrant and represent that (i) your entry is your original work, (ii) you have sufficient rights to the material you are submitting, (iii) these rights have been legally obtained and created, and (iv) publication of the material via various media will not infringe on any third party rights, including without limitation contractual rights, intellectual property rights, publicity and privacy rights, and rights against libel, defamation, and slander. The Institute shall retain publication rights of all proposals entered in the Contest (“Work Product”), and may transfer such rights at its sole discretion to any third party. By submitting proposals, entrants grant a worldwide, perpetual, transferable, exclusive license to the Institute (or successive owners of the Work Product) to publish proposals, in whole or in part, in promotional materials, public information materials, and/or exhibits without compensation to the entrants or any other person or entity. The Institute (including successive owners of the Work Product) shall not be subject to any obligation(s) of confidentiality with respect to any entries, nor the Institute (including successive owners of the Work Product) liable for any use or disclosure of any entries.
The Institute (including successive owners of the Work Product) shall not be responsible for loss or damage to entries, has the right to use the participants’ names without compensation to the participants, and will not return entries.