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Design contest opens for Miami public park

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An open international competition has been launched for a new urban park inside Miami’s Wynwood Arts District

The two-stage contest seeks ‘creative, innovative and sensible’ proposals for a new 1,300m² green space for the densely-developed inner city area.

The winning team will receive £6,000 and see their design for the new Wynwood Gateway Park constructed on two privately owned plots earmarked for the project.

A £3,000 second place prize and £1,500 third prize are also available.

‘The idea for the space is to bring the community together, as well as attract visitors and tourists,’ according to the brief.

‘Ideally, the space could incorporate elements of urban farming, art, sculpture, lighting, landscaping and music. The site should reinforce sustainability, and also serve as a didactic environment where people can learn simply by being there.’

It continued: ‘The Wynwood Gateway Park should also cater to many different types of people. In the day time, families can meet here for gatherings, picnics, or simply to find a quiet place to do yoga or read.

‘The space should also be able to cater afternoon and evening events, such as concerts, weddings and receptions.’

Proposals must stay within the existing property boundary and include a gate to secure the park when closed. No parking will be allowed on site.

Located between the coastal city’s downtown and design districts, the former textiles-producing area of Wynwood has seen massive regeneration since the 1990s.

Previously dubbed ‘Little San Juan’, the formerly run-down district is now home to many artists’ studios, galleries and independent retailers.

The free-to-enter international contest is backed by real estate company Metro 1 and competitions organiser DawnTown Miami.

It is open to all design professionals including architects, landscape architects, urban designers, urban planners, artists, engineers, industrial designers and furniture designers.

Finalists will be announced on 23 June.

The deadline for registration and the submission of entries is 10 June.

Visit the competition website for more information

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