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Flash Design Competition: Intervention

Photo: Robin Schatell

More and more people are taking to the streets to create flexible, short-term design interventions. From open streets to play-streets, chair bombing to guerilla gardening, citizen-led design interventions have filled the gap in addressing local urban planning challenges. Swift, flexible, often experimental, these short-term neighborhood level projects have shifted the paradigm of how we think about city making, project development, and resource distribution. For Intervention, a fast-paced design competition, we invite interdisciplinary teams to design playful, site specific, temporary design interventions from street-furniture to infrastructural changes that can be executed with local partners to make their neighborhoods more livable, and lead to permanent change. Spectators are invited to watch the presentations and jury Q&A, the announcement of a winner and a celebration.

Mike Lydon, Principal, StreetPlans New York
Gita Nandan, Principal, Thread Collective
Emily Weidenhof, Director of Public Space, New York City Department of Transportation
Nandini Bagchee, Principal, Bagchee Architects
Gloria Lau, Director of Projects, Open Architecture / New York

Download the competition brief here: COMPETITION BRIEF PDF

Submit your entry materials by 12 NOON, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26 to

Presentations and the public portion of this event start at 5 PM. Doors open at 4:30 PM. Attendees are invited to view the design presentations, to stay to discuss the proposals with each team, and for the announcement of the winning design. 

Admission: free and open to the public
Register to attend the competition presentation using the above link.