$5,000 First prize; $3,000 Second prize; $2,000 Third prize
Five honorable mentions at $100 each

$50 Entry fee paid via secure link on this website at time of submission. One-year complimentary membership to CIVITAS included (one per entry fee).

· Registration and submission must take place at: Advance registration is not required.

· Submissions will only be accepted in digital format and will not be accepted via email.

· All submission materials should be labeled with the name of the competition “Reimagining the Waterfront”. Contestant or Firm names should not be included on the artwork or in the descriptive text (see ANONYMITY below).

· Only a single PDF may be submitted for each entry, but may contain up to 3 pages within the same file.

· Each page, if printed full-size would be 24” x 36” and may be oriented either vertically or horizontally.

· A descriptive text must accompany the graphic materials (see below).

· One $50 fee per entry, multiple entries/ideas permitted.

· Text that is smaller than 3/32” is not recommended.

· 15 MB maximum allowed per entry.

A summary statement of (approximately) 250 words should be incorporated somewhere in the (up to 3) 24″ x 36″ presentation pages, not a separate page. Diagrams can be incorporated into the statement, and additional sentences, labels and text you need to explain your presentation will be allowed. This rule is meant as a guideline to create a clear, concise, exciting and informative presentation.

Contestants who submit their 250 word statement on a separate page will not be disqualified, but it is greatly preferred to incorporate into the (up to 3) presentation pages.

Please do not include your name or other identifying information on the graphic images or in the filenames. The website will discretely track your personal information and link it with your submitted work. CIVITAS will have access to this information, and the jurors will not. Failure to adhere to the anonymity of the competition will result in disqualification.

FDR Drive will not change it location; all designs should include at least one continuous travel path for bicycles/pedestrians; existing pedestrian bridges over FDR should remain or be upgraded – a few more might be added; building the Esplanade dramatically farther into the navigable portion of the East River might be limited by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Rumors of rising sea levels abound: Although the path’s shape can change and additional branch paths to the water’s edge can be added, the current bike path should not be made any closer to sea level.

Contestants may address either general conditions or specific locations of the Esplanade between 60th and 125th Streets.

CIVITAS will retain ownership of the winning design submissions. Entrants acknowledge that CIVITAS may exhibit all entries in an online gallery, and a selection of entries may be chosen for physical display. CIVITAS will make reasonable efforts to notify entrants of any public exhibition of their work through correspondence with the registered contact. In entering the competition, entrants grant CIVITAS an unrestricted license to exercise the entrants’ rights regarding their design submissions, including but not limited to, reproduction, preparation of derivative works, distribution of copies of the design submission, and the rights to authorize such use by others. Each entrant warrants that he/she has the legal right to submit his/her competition entry. CIVITAS bears no responsibility for verification of entry submission ownership or authority.

There will be a Design Question & Answer period from September 1 – November 7, 2011. Technical questions about registration and submission may be answered up to January 15, 2012. E-mail any questions to:

Questions will be answered by the competition’s professional advisors:

Bill Bateson is a licensed architect whose New York work experience includes years with both WQB Architects/Interactive Development and Skidmore Owings and Merrill as an architect as well as the New York Mets/Queens Ballpark Company as Project Manager. His education includes a Bachelors degree in History from William and Mary and Masters degree in Architecture from the University of Houston. His Houston experience included extensive work with the Market Square Historic District Project – an early and successful effort to bring economic life to Houston’s core historic district with a mosaic of community-based preservation, planning and design initiatives undertaken in partnership with local businesses and the city. He is currently a member of the CIVITAS board of directors.

Neville Epstein received the Bachelor of Architecture degree (First Class Thesis) from the University of Cape Town, South Africa in 1960. He received the Master of Fine Arts in Architecture degree in 1964 from Princeton University where he was Henry N. Young III Fellow, Lowell M. Palmer Fellow, and recipient of the Henry Adams prize and the American Institute of Architects’ medal. He has taught and lectured at Kansas University, the Smithsonian Institute Urban Design Charette, the Institute Technologico de Estudios Superioes de Monterrey, and the University of Pennsylvania. He was on the faculty of the Princeton University School of Architecture from 1969 to 1988 and was Director of Undergraduate Studies 1981 to 1986. He was a Design Principal at Geddes Brecher Qualls Cunningham, recipient of the 1979 AIA Architectural Firm Award and numerous honor awards and later was a senior designer of Perkins Eastman Architects. He has lectured extensively, served on architectural juries, and authored numerous papers.

Thank you and good luck!