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Indianapolis launches public plaza design contest

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A design competition has opened for a new public square outside Indianapolis’ main government building

The high-profile project seeks to overhaul the 0.7 hectare plaza outside the Indianapolis’ City-County Building.

Backed by the Indianapolis-Marion County Building Authority, the two-stage competition will select a design team and concept for the prestigious project which is planned to complete in October 2015.

The existing plaza features several raised, granite planting beds above a three storey underground car park. There is also an art sculpture called ‘Quaestio Librae’.

The space is currently used by smokers and nearby workers on lunch breaks but has no formally programmed activities.

The 28-storey City-County Building was designed by the Allied Architects and Engineers of Indianapolis. Featuring local government offices and county courts, the building opened to the public in the 1960s.

Proposals should create a new destination for local residents, employees and visitors to the downtown area and be suitable for young families and retirees.

Participants will submit qualifications during the competition’s first stage. A shortlist will then be drawn up and invited to submit designs during the second stage.

The winning team will receive £9,000 and be named preferred professional services provider for the design contract. A £4,500 second place and £1,500 third place prize will also be awarded.

The winners and all the design proposals will be exhibited in Indianapolis’ Old City Hall.

Funding has yet to be identified for the project. The city’s Department of Metropolitan Development will begin fundraising for the project once a winner has been selected.

The deadline for stage one submissions is 28 May.







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