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Design Competition for the Fourth Regional Plan

February 9

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The submission page for RPA’s Design Competition for the Fourth Regional Plan is now live.

How might RPA’s policy prescriptions take shape on the ground?

To explore that question, RPA, in collaboration with Guy Nordenson and Paul Lewis of Princeton University and Catherine Seavitt of City College of New York, has launched a competition for architects, landscape architects, designers and planners to demonstrate visually how policy changes, new investments and changing patterns of growth could transform different areas of the New York metropolitan region. The competition is part of RPA’s fourth regional plan, A Region Transformed, a comprehensive vision for the tri-state region that will be released later this year.

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The competition will be structured around four geographic corridors that together represent the full range of policy and design challenges to be confronted in A Region Transformed. The four areas are: the Highlands Corridor, extending across the region from the Delaware River to Northern Connecticut; the Bight/Ocean Corridor, stretching from Atlantic City, N.J., to Montauk, N.Y.; the Triboro/City Corridor running along a proposed passenger rail line linking Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx; and the Inner Ring/ Suburban Corridor comprising communities from Port Chester and White Plains, N.Y., through Paterson, Montclair, Rahway and Perth Amboy, N.J.

A distinguished jury of architects, designers and planners will select four teams to take part in the competition, with each team working on one of the corridors in collaboration with RPA and Princeton University team.

The seven jurors are: Barry Bergdoll, Meyer Schapiro Professor of Modern Architectural History, Columbia University, and Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art; Shaun Donovan, Former Director, U.S. Office of Management and Budget, and Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Maxine Griffith, Executive Vice President for Government and Community Affairs & Special Advisor for Campus Planning, Columbia University; Mary Margaret Jones, Senior Principal and President, Hargreaves Associates; Mark Lee, Founder and Principal, Johnston Marklee; Annabelle Selldorf, Principal, Selldorf Architects; and Karen Seto, Associate Dean of Research and Professor of Geography and Urbanization Science, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies at Yale University.

More information about the competition, including submission guidelines and detailed information about the four geographic corridors, can be found at design-competition.rpa.org. To learn more about the fourth regional plan, A Region Transformed, visit rpa.org/fourth-plan.

For questions/more information, contact: design-competition@rpa.org