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Posted on: April 27, 2017

City to Unveil Bayside Adapts Design Challenge Submissions on May 3

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The City of Portland will display the Bayside Adapts Design Challenge submissions for judging and public viewing during an event at the Portland Public Library’s Rines Auditorium on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. 

Following review by the judging panel, the submissions will be available for an open house inspection by the public starting at 4:30 PM. At 6:00 PM, participating design teams will provide brief presentations on their ideas followed by a special guest speaker, Julie Wormser of Boston Harbor Now. At 7:30 PM, the winner of the Design Challenge will be announced and presented the $1,000 Best in Show prize. Light refreshments will be served.

“We are very excited to share the innovative designs developed during this visioning process with the public, and continue a public conversation about making sure Bayside remains a vibrant neighborhood in the face of climate change,” said Troy Moon, the City’s Sustainability Coordinator. 

The call for design submissions was announced on February 24, 2017, and the Challenge was open to all to participate. Design submissions were due to the City by April 10, 2017. The submissions will be judged by a panel of planning, design, and resiliency experts, including:

  • Jeff Levine, Director of Planning and Urban Development, City of Portland

  • Julie Wormser, VP of Policy and Planning, Boston Harbor Now

  • Shafaq Choudry, Senior Associate, Center for City Solutions, National League of Cities

  • Addy Reiman, Portland Society for Architecture, Co-chair of the Advocacy Committee

The Best in Show award will be determined based on five main criteria - coherency, credibility, scope, practicality, and inspiration.

To add further value to the event, the City has asked Julie Wormser, VP for Policy and Planning of Boston Harbor Now, to describe resiliency efforts on the Boston waterfront and discuss how that experience might inform our efforts in Bayside. The public is encouraged to ask questions and utilize this opportunity to learn more about how communities can adapt and become more resilient.

The Bayside Adapts Design Challenge is a planning and community engagement exercise to develop visionary ways to make the Bayside Neighborhood more resilient in the face of climate change. Funding for the design challenge has been generously provided by the National League of Cities. 

May 3, 2017 Event Program

3PM - Submission judging by a panel of four planning, design and resiliency professionals

4PM - Public viewing of the submissions

6PM - Speaker Julie Wormser, design participants, and public discussion

7:30 PM -- Announcement of the winner of the  Best in Show Award and presentation.

Please see the City of Portland Sustainability Office website for more information and future updates.

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