The ULI Competition this year motivated designers to develop "bold, BIG ideas." So naturally, going into this competition, our team dreamt of just that. Being a graduate from the art-oriented architecture program at Kent State University, my ideas were nothing short of something BIG for an urban design competition...
We had this idea of "corridor connections" where the built environment acted much like a street would. It would facilitate and attract movement along a pathway.
Here's another approach to the idea designed by Gabriel Fey where each corridor served a different function.
We even explored bridging these connections to encourage relationships in section...
And after going through nearly 2 rolls of trace and 3 sleepless nights our advisers finally told us to step back into reality and realize what this competition is all about... It's about implementing a design solution that solves problems that already exist rather than trying to solve problems by creating new ones.
So our BIG ideas got shut down, and rather quickly. So, if there is a moral to this story, it's know your design limititations before going in.
Also, design planning can only go so far...
In terms of design competitions, making a work plan beforehand will only get you so far. That "production time" ended up lasting until about 2 hours before we had to print and ship our package. So, try to stick to it, but don't count on it!
More on this competition in future discussions...
Brandon E. Young