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Win $50,000 in the Shore to Core competition to reimagine the West Palm Beach downtownAugust 21st, 2016

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Van Alen Institute and West Palm Beach launched Shore to Core, a design and research competition to reimagine the West Palm Beach downtown and understand how cities impact wellbeing. The contest, which is open to international teams that include at least one designer, seeks answers to the question: How can we recreate an urban core so its design is intelligent, flexible, and responsive to the needs of residents and visitors? The two selected finalist teams will receive $45,000 to develop their work in a three-month design process. The research team will receive $40,000 to develop their work and $10,000 to implement their pilot study. The deadline for registration and electronic submission of the Request for Qualifications is August 21, 2016.

August 21st, 2016

August 21st, 2016



In the design competition, two finalist teams will be selected to participate in a 3-month design process and receive $45,000 to develop their work. The research team will receive $40,000 to develop their work, $10,000 to implement their pilot study.


The competition is open to the public, including non-US citizens. Teams must include at least one designer (an architect, landscape architect, urban designer, and/or planner), and are encouraged to include members with expertise in economic development, environmental psychology, resiliency, placemaking, and the social sciences. There is no maximum number of team members, but the recommended number is three to five.


Colin Ellard

Associate Professor, University of Waterloo – Department of Psychology

Patrick Franklin

President and CEO, Urban League of Palm Beach County

David van der Leer

Executive Director, Van Alen Institute

Jeri Muoio

Mayor, City of West Palm Beach

Penni Redford

Sustainability Manager, City of West Palm Beach

Terrence Riley

Principal, K/R

Jon Ward

Executive Director, West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency

Lilly Weinberg

Director of Community Foundations, Knight Foundation

Claire Weisz

Founding Principal, WXY Studio

Nancy Wells

Professor, Cornell University, College of Human Ecology, Design and Environmental Analysis Department