08 September 2010

ARC Wildlife Crossing Competition Shortlist announced

The ARC International Wildlife Crossing Competition has announced five shortlisted design teams, chosen from 36 entrants, to go forward to the contest's second stage. I've covered the competition here previously: entrants are to design an innovative wildlife crossing over Interstate Highway 70 in Colorado, USA.

The shortlisted teams are:

  • Balmori Associates (New York), with StudioMDA, Knippers Helbig Inc., David Skelly, CITA, Bluegreen, John A. Martin & Associates, and David Langdon
  • Janet Rosenberg & Associates (Toronto), with Blackwell Bowick Partnership, Dougan & Associates, and Ecokare International
  • Michael Van Valkenburgh & Associates (New York), with HNTB and Applied Ecological Services
  • The Olin Studio (Philadelphia), with Explorations Architecture, Buro Happold and Applied Ecological Services
  • Zwarts & Jantsma (Amsterdam), with OKRA Landscape Architects, IV-infra and Planecologie
Details of the second stage competition process are available on the ARC website. They seem to have a well-informed jury (including Marc Mimram), and reasonable prize money, although much of that will be eaten up by the need for entrants to deliver a physical scale model of their concept.

The organisers are very keen to promote innovative use of materials, so it will be interesting to see what emerges in January when the winning design is to be announced.

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