In October 2010, Indianapolis hosted the CEOs for Cities Livability Challenge, an event in which national experts engaged in a series of conversations with local leaders to generate big ideas for cities everywhere to deliver beauty, in the form of art, good design and nature, to all citizens every day.
The visiting national experts echoed what so many local leaders have expressed Monument Circle is extraordinary and merits maximum attention, creativity and vision. These experts challenged Indianapolis to host the "Monument Circle Idea Competition."
The Monument Circle Idea Competition was established to bring ideas and inspire the community to envision Monument Circle's future. The juried international idea competition launches in March 2011 with adjudication in May and public exhibit and input in June. These ideas will be considered to inform future planning and uses for Monument Circle. It is not intended that any of the submissions would be developed as submitted. The Monument Circle Idea Competition is not limited to design. Ideas about programming, land use and activities are encouraged. It is not the intent of the Competition to permanently remove vehicular traffic from Monument Circle.