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WPA 2.0 Design Competition Seeking Entries

Posted by Steve Anderson on Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

If you have new ideas for infrastructural-system design, here’s a chance to put them into action! Drawing its acronym from the depression-era Works Progress Administration, the WPA 2.0 competition aims to discover and develop innovative and imaginative ideas for 21st century infrastructural systems.  This UCLA-based competition encourages entrants to explore the potential of infrastructure projects in forming and improving communities and cities. Up to six finalists will receive $5,000 each and will have the opportunity to present their proposals to an audience of “policymakers, practitioners, critics and scholars.”

Professionals in all infrastructure-related fields are encouraged to enter.  According to the competition’s web site, “This notion of infrastructural systems is intentionally broad, including but not limited to parks, schools, open space, vehicle storage, sewers, roads, transportation, storm water, waste, food systems, recreation, local economies, ‘green’ infrastructure, fire prevention, markets, landfills, energy-generating facilities, cemeteries, and smart utilities.” There is also a parallel competition for students.

The registration deadline for the professional competition is July 24th, and proposals are due on August 7th.

For more information, download the competition brief or visit the web site.

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