ENYA Announces the Winners of QueensWay Connection: Elevating the Public Realm Design Ideas Competition

FIRST PRIZE | The Queensway Steps | Carrie Wilbert of Paris, France

The Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) committee of the AIA New York Chapter is pleased to announce the winners of its 2014 biennial design ideas competition, QueensWay Connection: Elevating the Public Realm. Entrants were challenged to design a vertical gateway for the elevated viaduct portion of a 3.5 mile stretch of abandoned railway in Central Queens, currently under study for conversion into an urban greenway by The Trust for Public Land, Friends of the Queensway, and their design consultants. Of the 120 submitted proposals from 28 countries, the jury selected the winners to represent the diverse array of ideas generated.

SECOND PRIZE | Queens Billboard | Nikolay Martynov of Basel, Switzerland
THIRD PRIZE | Make It! Grow It! | Song Deng and René Biberstein of Toronto, Canada
STUDENT PRIZE | Ebb & Flow | Jessica Shoemaker of Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
HONORABLE MENTION | Upside Down Bridge | Hyuntek Yoon of Queens, New York, USA

The jury convened and made the selection of winning entries on January 18, 2014 at the Center for Architecture. An exhibition of these proposals and other exemplary entries will be unveiled at an opening party on July 17, 2014 at the Center for Architecture. A series of discussion panels will also accompany the exhibition. Stay tuned to the competition website for updates on these upcoming events: http://www.enyacompetitions.org/2014/

Claire Weisz, FAIA, Co-founding Partner at WXY, part of the QueensWay feasibility study team
Lisa Switkin, Associate Partner and Managing Director at James Corner Field Operations
Matthew Johnson, Senior Associate at Diller Scofidio + Renfro, project manager of the Highline project
Margaret Newman, FAIA, LEED AP, Chief of Staff to the Commissioner, NYC Department of Transportation
Ting Chin, Co-founder of Linearscape, winners of the 2012 ENYA prize
Susan Chin, FAIA, Executive Director of the Design Trust for Public Space
Frank Lupo, FAIA, Steering Committee Member of Friends of the QueensWay
Andy Stone, New York City Director of The Trust for Public Land

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