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Competitions: Editor's Pick, 31.03.11

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A high-speed rail-themed ideas competition, a design contest on the Parramatta River in Australia and deadlines extended for Forgotten Spaces London and Sheffield; the editor’s pick of this week’s top competitions

The Van Alen Institute in New York is receiving entries to ‘Life at the Speed of Rail’ a design competition exploring the cultural, environ­mental, and economic impact of a potential new rail network in the United States. Following president Barack Obama’s high-profile pledge in support of high-speed rail infrastructure, the open ideas contest seeks imaginative visions for the how the country could be transformed. Entries can be either a single image or a short video and the top ten submissions will receive $1,000 each. The deadline for entries is May 21.

Parramatta City Council in Australia has launched ‘Ideas on Edge’ – an international design competition aimed at unearthing a commercially viable use for a site on the edge of Parramatta River. A $50,000 prize will go to the winning entry with cash prizes also awarded to runners-up. Open to everyone, the deadline for submissions is midday local time on 11 May. The 2.2 hectare site is located between the city’s Lennox and Bernie Banter bridges.

The deadline for registration to the Sheffield and London Forgotten Spaces has been extended to 13 April, giving participating design teams an extra fortnight to register their interest in the competitions which challenge architects and designers to find imaginative re-uses for unloved urban spaces. The top three entries to Forgotten Spaces London will receive cash prizes while shortlisted entries will feature in the AJ. The deadline for submissions of entries to both Forgotten Spaces Sheffield and the London competition remains 12 May.

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