Gallery: urbanSHED: Design a Better Sidewalk Shed and Win $10,000!


Heads up all engineers, architects, and designers in NYC! The urbanSHED design competition is looking for a better sidewalk shed, and they’re giving away $25,000 in prizes plus the chance to construct the winning design! Anyone who’s every visited a dense city is likely to be familiar with these unsightly scaffolded spaces – sure, they may protect your head from falling construction debris, but they tend to be plastered with posters, blot out the sky, and are downright fugly. If you have an idea for a better sidewalk shed that’s sustainable, economical, meets safety requirements and makes New York City a better environment for it’s residents then submit your design today – there’s only three days left to register and submissions are due on October 2nd.

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1 Comment

  1. grm September 15, 2009 at 12:47 am

    What a crock!
    Initially I perceived this competition as a way to implement valid sustainable materials and renewable energy sources. Digging deeper I realized that this is, as they say, like putting lipstick on a pig. After taking a look at the “Photo Gallery” and reading the “Evaluation Criteria” it seems that besides a few small engineering tweaks, there isn’t much that needs to be done to the current design (paint it!!) I read that in mid-Manhattan alone there are about 26 miles of sidewalk that are enclosed by approximately 67 sidewalk sheds. As unappealing as the common shed construction may be, it serves its purpose extremely well. If there is a better solution to the current scaffold like construction, wont we be wasting millions even billions of dollars in resources by making the switch to the new design, which will inevitably be vandalized by posters, stickers and krink, just to end up being thrown into the back of a truck to be taken away beaten and battered. Again Bloomberg focusing energy and throwing money at unnecessary issues.

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