Reimagining Brooklyn Bridge

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Reimagining Brooklyn Bridge

February 12, 2020 @ 8:00 am - April 5, 2020 @ 11:59 pm EST

Reimagining Brooklyn Bridge is open to all. The general public, students, and international competitors are welcome, and interdisciplinary teams are encouraged to enter. The proposed designs should focus on the bridge’s walkway, but can include recommendations for the bridge’s roadway and nearby public spaces. Proposals must be submitted at by Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST.

The competition has two categories: “Professionals,” for teams 22 years of age and above, and “Young Adults,” for teams 21 years of age and under.

Three finalists from each category will be selected by an interdisciplinary jury representing a wide-ranging set of perspectives on the Brooklyn Bridge. The jury will consider the following factors: team composition; accessibility and safety; environmental benefit and security; respect for the bridge’s landmark status; feasibility; and “magic”—i.e. new ideas that surprise, delight, and fascinate.

Jury members include:

  • Peg Breen; President, New York Landmarks Conservancy
  • Andrew Brown; Associate Director of Research, Van Alen Institute
  • Marla Gayle; Managing Director, SOM
  • Jonathan Gardenhire; Artist and Former VP, Alfred E. Smith Resident Association Executive Board
  • Danny Harris; Executive Director, Transportation Alternatives
  • Helen Ho; Principal, Karp Strategies
  • Isabella Joseph; Student, Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, City College of New York
  • Regina Myer; President, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership
  • Amy Plitt; Editor, Curbed NY

All finalists will have two months to refine their design based on feedback from the competition’s jury. In recognition of their work, finalists in the “Professionals” category will receive $13,000 and finalists in the “Young Adults” category will receive $3,000.

To select the winning designs, all six finalist proposals will be presented in a public event in mid-July 2020 and online at Members of the public will help choose a winner in each category through an online vote.

For the complete design brief, visit


February 12, 2020 @ 8:00 am EST
April 5, 2020 @ 11:59 pm EST
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Van Alen Institute
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