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Username: Stecks77

Post Number: 294
Registered: 08-2006
Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - 11:36 am:   Edit PostDelete Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I apologize if this notice should have been posted in the classified section of Detroityes.com, but since there is such intense interest in the future of transportation at this website and I know there are plenty of talented people who participate in the forum I felt this should receive broader attention.

Transportation Riders United Hosting Detroit Transportation Design Competition during National Transportation Week

For fifty years, Detroit has had no rapid transit. In addition to holding back our region's growth and development, this also means that the public has little understanding of what transit would look like here, how it would work, and how it could encourage redevelopment and revitalization. Knowing the value of effective visuals in building public perception and sparking public imagination and excitement, Transportation Riders United is holding a design contest: Detroit in Transit.
We will hold a design contest, inviting student and professional artists, designers, urban planners and architects to submit designs of what Detroit’s transit and transit-oriented neighborhoods could look like in 2025. There will be three parts to the contest:
- Designs of transit vehicles on a streetscape
- Architectural designs of transit stations in a streetscape
- Urban planning designs of vibrant neighborhoods or intersections around transit stations or stops
The parameters of the contest will be broad – any design incorporating transit on a real street or in a real neighborhood in Detroit or its inner suburbs will be considered. The design should be something that could realistically be built in the next twenty years (assuming with sufficient investment and support).
We will provide a map of where transit is likely to be developed, including both regional commuter rail and modern streetcar / light rail. We will also provide some specific suggested locations, with current maps, images, and other relevant data.

Contest criteria and details will be sent out to area schools, various web forums, etc in early March. We will work with teachers and professors from area schools to encourage entries. Submissions will be due on April 30.
Designs will be judged both on their visual appeal and design merit by both professionals (in art and urban design) and local residents. Five finalists from each category will be selected. These fifteen designs will be displayed at a fundraising event for Transportation Riders United on Friday, May 18. Finalists will each be given two complementary tickets. At the event, the runner up and the winner in each category will be announced. (If possible, we will get an art supply store to donate gift certificates for each winner as a sponsor of the event, but this has not been confirmed.)
In addition to displaying the finalists and announcing the winners, the event will also include a brief presentation of TRU’s transit vision and what we are doing to make these transit visions become reality.

Transportation Riders United (TRU) is a local non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and improving public transit in greater Detroit, including improving the existing bus service and bringing quality rapid transit to the region, just like every other major city.
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Username: Apbest

Post Number: 438
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - 12:18 pm:   Edit PostDelete Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

theres no other incentive to contribute other than 2 free tickets to the finalist ceremony?
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Username: Professorscott

Post Number: 231
Registered: 12-2006
Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - 12:29 pm:   Edit PostDelete Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The incentive to contribute is to want to make a contribution.
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Username: Detroitplanner

Post Number: 1033
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - 12:42 pm:   Edit PostDelete Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Blue Water Transit just completed a huge transit center project that came in a half million under budget. It includes CNG bus refueling.
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Username: Detroitplanner

Post Number: 1034
Registered: 04-2006
Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - 12:43 pm:   Edit PostDelete Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

sorry posted wrong place
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Username: Charlottepaul

Post Number: 579
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - 1:46 pm:   Edit PostDelete Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Often times one reason to enter a competition is to solely be recognized for an outstanding design. A participant might want this attention to further his/her career, or to enter into a slightly different type of work.

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