Design Criteria

• Submissions can be for stand alone, specific or hypothetical sites or problems; or multiple sites and problems suitable for their connectivity, but must be based in reality and be relevant to the actual context and conditions that exist in Jamestown. Knowledge of the chosen site can be via personal familiarity and/or through online map software (e.g. Google or Bing), or public record and experience of systemic problems and opportunities.

• Submissions may be conceptual. They can include built environment, landscapes, site plans, habitat, interiors, physical infrastructural or policy plans. Uses include -- but are not limited to—a single or mixed-use built environment, infrastructure that saves or produces energy, food, shared social or public spaces, land use or policy plans that promote sustainability. The built environment may be new builds or adaptive re-use.

• Policy plans may be for societal and/or business infrastructure or a governmental system.

Entrants will be asked to consider the following:
1. Is the proposed idea a viable solution for combating blight in distressed neighborhoods?

2. Can the proposed idea be utilized as a citywide strategy to improve the standard of living for residents of substandard housing?

3. Can the proposed idea be utilized as a citywide strategy to improve gateway corridors into our city?

4. Can the proposed idea be designed within current City Code parameters or are there proposed policy changes to city zoning and land use laws needed to make the proposed idea viable?

5) How can the physical design of the proposed idea be economically, environmentally and socially sustainable for scalable replication throughout our city?
5. Is the proposed idea design model beneficial to the block, neighborhood, and city where it’s proposed?

6. What kind of environmental, economic or social impacts might the proposed idea design model create?

7. Is the proposed idea compatible with the existing context and conditions of the surrounding environment (ie. houses, land uses, structures, etc…) and/or is there an existing location in the City of Jamestown that could be a viable site for the proposed idea?

Creativity, innovation and sustainability are important, and while the designs may be conceptual, they should be realistic in nature.

All submissions will be evaluated based on how well they convey steps necessary to become feasible. Higher consideration will be given to submissions which identify the stakeholders, timeline for implementation, estimated budget and measurable impacts. Submissions will consider economic, social and ecological aspects, with feasibility, creativity and inter-disciplinary approaches earning high valuations. The best entries will allow for groups of different financial means to live, work and thrive together in the community.

Entrants are encouraged to consult existing resources such as local plans, community organization websites, and the City’s website for reference. Please see the “RESOURCES” section of our website for assistance. We have also assembled a team of mentors who will be available to give one-on-one guidance at a mentoring session in February 2020.

Other suggested issues to consider:
• Resiliency and sustainability
• Human needs and social responsibilities
• Contributing to community cohesiveness, a place and way to bring people together for a variety of social, cultural, economic reasons
• Food security
• Energy Efficiency
• Infrastructure
• Overall aesthetic character

**Imagine Jamestown reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any submission that it determines to be profane, obscene, offensive, or otherwise inappropriate. Imagine Jamestown also reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any incomplete submission or any submission that does not comply with the terms and conditions of the competition.

**Each entrant retains the rights to the images and to the submitted works but gives to Imagine Jamestown, without any compensation, the rights of reproduction, exhibition, publication, translation and communication to the public, in any manner and without exception, for their submissions and for the texts participating in the selection.

Department of Development

200 East Third Street 

Jamestown, NY 14701

Tel: 716-483-7659

Fax: 716-483-7772

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