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Contest launched to pedestrianise New York’s 42nd street

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A design competition has opened to pedestrianise and create a new light railway along 42nd street in New York

The high-profile ideas contest seeks proposals to transform the congested thoroughfare into a car-free boulevard connecting East River and Hudson River.

Running from East to West across Manhattan, 42nd Street became New York’s main theatre district following massive transformation since the 1990s.

The road features some of the city’s most iconic landmarks including the Chrysler Building, United Nations, Grand Central Terminal and Times Square which has already been pedestrianised.

The competition – backed by the not-for-profit organisation Institute for Rational Urban Mobility – aims to boost support for pedestrianizing the busy road and introducing light rail.

According to the brief: ‘The winning design will be one that utilizes the potential of the boulevard to inspire New Yorkers and its elected officials to transform the street into a model for a 21st century live/work space and transportation corridor.’

Entries may include new sidewalk cafes, fountains and seating. Proposals can also redesign the existing East River ferry terminal and suggest ways to repurpose several tunnels and highway off-ramps.

Judges include New York-based architects Michael Sorkin, Signe Nielsen and Robert Rogers.

The winner will receive £6,000 and four semi-finalists will share a prize fund worth £3,000.

The deadline for online registration is 8 September and proposals must be submitted by 1 October. The competition has a £60 entry fee.

A winner will be announced on 3 November.





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