Design competition: Embassy Park, Massachusetts
A design competition has been announced to redevelop Embassy Park in Waltham, Massachusetts
The park currently suffers from undistinguished hard surfaces, large blank walls and fixed concrete furnishings, and it serves primarily as a pedestrian shortcut. Ideas are sought to transform the space and create a lively place for people to gather.
The deadline for registration is 15 October and submissions must be made by 5 November.
Client contact details:
All submissions must be received by November 5, 2010 at the following mailing address:
Embassy Park Design Competition
c/o N. Adams
257 Cabot St.
Newton, MA 02460
Though small in size (only 5,600 square feet), Embassy Park has great potential to be a lively place for people to gather and linger. Neighboring local establishments reflect the diversity of Waltham, including several ethnic restaurants along the renowned “Restaurant Row”; a variety of specialty shops; a highly regarded micro-brewery; a popular theater for independent and commercial films; the Waltham Mills and Lincoln Artists’ Studios, and the Charles River Museum of Industry. The location has good access to public transit, and is only a short walk or bike ride to the parks and pathways of the Charles River Reservation.
As currently configured, the site presents many design and construction challenges. It is dominated by cold and undistinguished hard surfaces, with fixed concrete furnishings, bordered by two large blank walls, and an ornate metal gateway near the street that leads to nowhere. The space functions mainly as a pedestrian cut-through to the adjacent municipal parking lot, to which public access must ultimately be maintained.
Possible subsurface soil contamination in the area places certain limits on excavation, planting and building, and encourages the use of raised planting beds and the placement of art on site above grade.
Required Submission Materials:
- One digital display board, landscape orientation (vs. portrait). The digital display board shall include a brief conceptual statement describing the project and a plan view in 1/8” scale showing downtown Main Street running horizontally below the park, at bottom edge of the plan. Boards may include additional content that supports the intent of the submission either sketched, drawn, computer-aided or photographed, in black & white or color.
Award winners and other selected entries will be requested to provide a hard copy of the display board for exhibition mounted on 24”x36”x 3/16” black foam core/gator board, landscape orientation.
- A CD including 1) a PowerPoint presentation of up to five slides, including one image of the full digital display board and four additional images of board details, altogether not to exceed 7MB in aggregate file size; 2) up to five additional .jpg images, each .jpg file allowed up to a maximum of 2 MB, detailing significant graphic components of the submission; and 3) an electronic PDF file of the Project Description (see requirements below). Place your CD in a protective case with the anonymous entry identification number clearly visible on both the case and the CD.
- Two (2) printed copies of the Project Description on a separate, single-sided typewritten page (text only, at 11 point font size minimum) presented on 8-1/2” x 11” paper.
- No personal identifying marks will be permitted on submissions
- Only one submission per entry fee
- No video entries, no slides, no models
Visit the competition website for additional details.