Thursday, February 3, 2011

Transportation design competition extended to five weeks

Due to overwhelming interest, a local design competition has been expanded from five days to five weeks, giving participants until March 10 to submit their ideas.

The FIVE Design Competition, presented by MSA Architects, is seeking people from all disciplines to tackle issues related to public transportation infrastructure and ridership.

Specifically, the goal is to examine Cincinnati's existing public transportation system and to create design solutions that "convert drivers into riders".

The registration fee is $55.

Beginning March 25, a subcommittee will narrow down the entries to 25 designs. On March 30, a panel of judges will review and critique them.

Winners will be announced the following week, with $5,500 being paid out to the top five finishers. Winners also may see their designs published nationally in a variety of design and news periodicals.

The judging committee includes Aaron Betsky, director of the Cincinnati Art Museum; Terry Garcia Crews, CEO and general manager for Metro; Michael Moore, director of the City of Cincinnati Department of Transportation and Engineering; Roxanne Qualls, vice mayor of Cincinnati; and John Schneider, chair of the Alliance for Regional Transit.