Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Urban Confluence Silicon Valley

Urban Confluence Silicon Valley

Urban Confluence Silicon Valley, a worldwide open ideas competition, invites artists, architects, urban planners, landscape architects, lighting designers, students, designers, engineers, and anyone with a passion for place-making to submit ideas for activating the most critical urban park in the City of San José and Silicon Valley.
Up to three finalists will be chosen and each finalist team will be given a $150,000 stipend to refine their proposals for a spectacular landmark design in the heart of Silicon Valley.
Urban Confluence Silicon Valley is looking for high-quality projects that will activate the outdoor landscape of the site, which rests at the confluence of the Guadalupe River and Los Gatos Creek, is in a central park and will be across from the future 6-8 million square foot Google Downtown West Mixed-Use Plan, a new BART station, and Diridon Station. The design proposal shall create a must-see landmark that will enhance community life and reflect the extraordinary legacy of this remarkable global center. UCSV is seeking transformative designs that may incorporate light installations, interactive and community engaging technology, a net-zero energy approach, interactive performance venues, and an impressive physical presence. Urban Confluence Silicon Valley can be a structure, an object, a sculpture, a work of architecture—with an activated landscape to be enjoyed both day and night. Its design will be an iconic destination that embodies the culture of innovation in Silicon Valley and advances humanity by building civic pride and welcoming diverse communities from around the world.
The jury, including San Jose-based arts professionals and award-winning design professionals, will select the finalists. The jury consists of:

Susan Chin: Executive Director, Design Trust for Public Space
Julie Chang:Contemporary Artist
Lisa Iwamoto: Architect, Iwamoto + Scott
Jerry van Eyck: Landscape Architect, !melk
Jon Cicirelli: Director, City of San Jose Department of Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services
Daan Roosegaarde: Dutch Artist and Innovator
Jodi Starbird: President of the Board of Directors. Guadalupe River Park Conservancy
Rob Steinberg, FAIA: Urban Designer/Architect
Erin Salazar: Artist, Executive Director Exhibition District San Jose
Katja Irvin: Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter
Jon Ball: Chair of the Board of Directors, San Jose LightTower Corporation

Anyone can submit a design online. The closing date for submittals is April 3, 2020.


cash prize award: $ 150,000.00 USD

click here for call for entries
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