Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When will the finalists be announced?

The 7 finalists will be announced to the public at the opening of the Intersections: Grand Concourse Beyond 100- Future exhibition on November 1, 2009 at The Bronx Museum of the Arts.

Q: When will the online gallery of the top ideas be on the competition website?

The online gallery is scheduled to go live in early July. Please check back then!

Q: When will the application requirements be posted?

The competition will officially open on February 2, 2009. All application requirements and the full competition brief will be available on this website starting on that date.

Q: Do I have to be an architect or designer?

No. This competition is open to all interested entrants. We are seeking highly creative and bold visions from all disciplines, including architects and designers. We hope to see submissions from entrants across disciplines as well as from interdisciplinary teams. We look forward to the submission of architectural renderings and urban plans from architects and designers; illustrative and descriptive text from writers; and paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, collage, and more from artists. Any medium may be employed to produce your proposal.

Q: Can I submit more than one idea?

Yes! Multiple submissions from any one individual or team are permitted, although each entry must be submitted under a unique User ID.

Q: Do I have to complete my application in one session?

No. You will create a unique log-in and password for your application, and can return to it for updates and changes as many times as you need to before finalizing your submission.

Q: What kind of proposal are you looking for? Can you give me an example?

Highly creative submissions are encouraged. We hope to see submissions from entrants across disciplines as well as from interdisciplinary teams. We look forward to the submission of architectural renderings and urban plans from architects and designers; illustrative and descriptive text from writers; and paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, collage, and more from artists. Any medium may be employed to produce your proposal.

This urban design challenge is open-ended and does not restrict entrants to any specific program or site requirement. Entrants are encouraged but not required to directly address the physical conditions and sociocultural significance of the Grand Concourse in their proposal. Successful submissions could address these questions at any scale – from the individual human body to city block to neighborhood to entire borough. Entrants are encouraged to address not only the area’s built environment, but the natural, cultural, and social environments as well.

Q: Is the information on the website the extent of the information to be handed out?

Yes. But you are not limited to the resources and information we have provided here – entrants are encouraged to conduct their own additional research if so inclined. Entrants are also strongly encouraged to visit the Concourse in person if at all possible.

Q: Should our proposal be a new Concourse or should it be an adaptation of the existing Concourse?

Either is fine. It’s up to you.

Q: The Concourse is so long! Does my submission have to address the whole 4 miles?

Your entry can address the Concourse at any scale, from the individual human body to city block to neighborhood to full length of the Concourse to entire borough.

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Loew’s Paradise Theater on the Grand Concourse at 187th Street, 2006. Courtesy Librado Romero/The New York Times.