High Bridge: Bronx, Building Cultural Infrastructure, International Ideas Competition

The Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA), AIA NY Chapter, is pleased to announce the jury and extended registration deadlines for its fourth biennial international ideas competition, High Bridge: Bronx, Building Cultural Infrastructure (HB:BX). Register for the competition online at www.enyacompetitions.org.

This competition is open to all emerging professionals, including, but not limited to, architects, artists, engineers, landscape architects, urban designers, and planners who have completed their education at the undergraduate or graduate level within 10 years of the competition announcement An online gallery will feature all submitted design entries. In addition cash prizes and inclusion in an exhibition and a publication are awarded to the winning designs.

HB: BX is an open ideas competition to design an arts center that culturally reinforces the physical connection between the Manhattan and Bronx High Bridge communities of New York City. Working in cooperation with the arts organizations Artists Unite and the Bronx Museum of the Arts, ENYA means to draw awareness to the current efforts to restore and reopen the historic High Bridge. This competition is a forum to explore the urban and community improvement opportunities that may come with the achievement of such a momentous milestone. Thus, ENYA challenges designers to explore how disused structures can be reprogrammed into elements of a vibrant urban cultural center. Entrants are also challenged to rethink the relationship between existing infrastructure (aqueduct, railway, and highway) and the contemporary urban context. These issues, universally relevant to any growing city, take on a more site-specific nature when considering the importance of the High Bridge and the topographic challenges posed by the steep riverbanks of the Harlem River. Also defining this competition are the unique clients who ask entrants to reconsider architectureÂ’s role in the creation, display, and experience of viewing art in one of the world\’s most culturally vibrant cities.


Early Registration Deadline: November 20, 2009 (Save $5 by registering early)
Late Registration Deadline: December 15, 2009
Submission Deadline: January 15, 2009
Open to: Emerging Designers


ANTONIA SERGIO BESSA Director of Curatorial and Education programs, Bronx Museum of Arts.
JOSHUA DAVID Co-founder and Chief Development Officer of Friends of the Highline
CRAIG DYKERS; NAL, AIA Principal, Snøhetta
PETER FERKO Artist and President of Artists Unite, Inc.
SANGMOK KIM; AIA, LEED,AP Principal N.E.E.D., Winning Team of 2008 ENYA International Design Competition
HILARY SAMPLE; AIA Principal, MOS and Assistant Professor at Yale University
KAZYS VARNELIS; PH.D. Director, Network Architecture Lab at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Register online at: www.enyacompetions.org

General information about HB: BX follows:

Type: International Ideas Competition. The competition results are intended to generate ideas for the site and will not result in actual development by ENYA or other parties involved.

Entry Fee:

Add $5 for all categories after November 20, 2009.
$35 Student, $65 Individual, $110 Team (2-4), $300 Group (5+)
Awards: $5,000 (ENYA prize), $2,000 (2nd Place), $1,000 (3rd Place), $1,000 (Student)

About ENYA, AIA New York Chapter

ENYA (Emerging New York Architects) is a forum for the interests and activities of students, interns, associates, and new architects. The committee, which is part of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, establishes networking, mentoring, technical, and public advocacy initiatives to foster the professional development of architecture students and young professionals and to strengthen the quality of the built environment.

About the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter

Founded in 1857 by seven visionary architects, the AIA New York Chapter is the first and largest chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Today, the AIA New York Chapter is a membership-based organization comprised of licensed architects and professional affiliates in real estate, construction, engineering, and facilities management, and currently has 4,300 members. Operating out of the Center for Architecture, a storefront space in Greenwich Village, the Chapter is dedicated to three Primary goals: public outreach, professional development, and design excellence.

The AIA New York Chapter is guided by the work of its dedicated committees. Over two-dozen committees, open to all interested, are continually exploring such vital issues as housing, planning, urban design, community development, historical preservation, and environmental sustainability. The AIA New York Chapter also serves as an advocate in public policy discussions with governmental decision-makers and other civic and professional associations.