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Architect sought to transform Washington DC underpasses

Washington DC’s North of Massachusetts Avenue (NoMa) district has opened an international contest to ‘enliven and activate’ four railroad underpasses

A single design team is sought for the £1 million project to improve critical East-West routes in the area which has seen massive regeneration since the 1990s.

The winning designs will be expected to attract new visitors to the district and provide an ‘engaging and positive sensory experience’ for passers-by.

Around 420,000m² of new mixed-use development has so far been completed on the former industrial district north of Washington Union Station.

The client, NoMa Parks Foundation hopes the project will also further boost awareness of the area which hosts around 18,000 residents and 40,000 workers.

The £1 million budget includes architects’ fees and fabrication, shipping, engineering, insurance, site preparation and installation costs. Funding allocations for individual sites have yet to be determined.

Applicants must complete a ‘request for qualification’ form by 9 May. Shortlisted teams will receive between £1,200 and £3,000 each to develop final designs.

Winning designs will be announced in October.

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