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      Paul Clerkin

      Columbus Re-Wired is an urban design ideas competition intended to seek out a wide array of creative proposals and solutions that will initiate a dialogue about the current and future state of Columbus ’ overall infrastructure network with specific emphasis on public transportation.

      The City of Columbus continues to be one of the fastest growing urban places in the United States. While historically having had a more cohesive strategy for public transportation (having a heavily used streetcar system dismantled after World War II when the city’s compact development patterns rapidly transformed), Columbus currently is the largest city in the United States without significant forms of robust public transportation, a major factor in “SustainLane” assigning Columbus a #50 ranking (out for 50) for the most sustainable U.S. cities. However, studying only public transportation’s impact on a city’s livability and civic health limits the understanding of a city’s complex matrix of interconnected variables, both explicitly and implicitly manifested.

      Submission of two boards are required; The competitors are being asked to think critically and respond to general conditions and potentials vis a vis a speculative reading of Columbus’ transportation and infrastructural “network” (board one) and then act on that speculation using one of three sites (board two).


      Monday, April 2 2007: Competition Registration Begins
      Tuesday, May 1 2007: Early Registration Deadline
      Tuesday, May 15 2007: Late Registration Deadline
      Tuesday, May 29 2007: Submission Deadline. Entries must be received by 5pm to be juried.
      Thursday, May 31 2007: Jury Deliberations
      Friday, June 1 2007: Public Announcement of Awards and Public Reception


      Borja Ferrater
      Partner, Carlos Ferrater Architect
      Barcelona, ES

      Robert Livesey, FAIA
      Professor, Knowlton School of Architecture, The Ohio State University
      Columbus OH

      Mark Robbins
      Dean, Syracuse University School of Architecture
      Syracuse NY

      Ashley Schafer
      Associate Professor, Knowlton School of Architecture, The Ohio State University
      Columbus OH

      Jerome Unterreiner
      Associate Partner, Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects
      Portland OR

      Marilee Utter
      President, Citiventure Associates
      Denver CO

      Bart Overly
      Jury Advisor
      Blostein/Overly Architects
      Columbus O

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