The BLTa 2020 Student Design Competition will prompt design teams to conceptualize a vibrant mixed-use development in Philadelphia along the Delaware River. The waterfront has long suffered from being bifurcated from Center City by Interstate 95 which runs North – South. Recent developments both proposed and executed are promising of a brighter future.
The site has great potential and an emerging identity characterized by some of the following assets:
- The Delaware River Waterfront and trail
- Spruce Street Harbor Park
- The proposed capping of a section of I-95 to create a park over the highway
- Proximity to Society Hill and Old City
- Recent improvements on the Race Street Piers as an outdoor amenity
- Recent improvements at the Cherry Street Piers as an interior public amenity and commercial/cultural space
A detailed program and site will be provided on the day of the Challenge.
The general program will include the following:
- Multi-family residential
- Ground level retail
- A transit hub / water ferry terminal
- A cultural facility of your choice
- An outdoor space
The designs will be judged by the following criteria:
- Clarity of Overall Concept
- Placemaking– How does your proposal enhance the public realm on the site? What is the context and how do you improve upon it?
- Connectivity – How does your design interface indoor / outdoor spaces, public / private spaces, and the surrounding community?
- Core Skillsets- demonstrate excellent design, technical, drawing, written, and coordinated presentation skills
- Oral Presentation- A 2-minute presentation by each team will provide an opportunity to quickly engage the audience and judges
Some resource links for general insight of the project context: