The Future of DuSable Park — Design Competition

How would you craft the future of a new park in downtown Chicago?

The Future of DuSable Park —  Design Competition
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Brief

How would you craft the future of a new park in downtown Chicago? DuSable Park, a long-ignored dirt parcel in downtown Chicago, is on the verge of being transformed into a vibrant urban park that celebrates history and enhances the neighborhood. What do you think its future should look like? How do you think it can become the next great Chicago park?

Your challenge is to design your vision for the future of DuSable Park. Your design should incorporate community input with innovative and positive community values. We encourage you to focus on practical, interactive, and sustainable solutions that improve people’s quality of life.

You may choose to design a park that focuses on history & education, life on the lake, children, or a missing component of downtown living. It is open to your interpretation.

After you create your design, use Engage to gather community input on your proposal from your friends, colleagues, classmates, coworkers, and anyone else you think will provide helpful feedback. 

You may choose to edit your design based on this feedback. It is important that your design addresses your community’s feedback and transforms DuSable Park from a vacant patch of grass into a vibrant community asset.

Once you’re happy with your design, submit it for award consideration!

What is Engage?

Engage is a new tool created for designers, like you, to simplify the process of gathering feedback. You’ll use it to harness the wealth of knowledge within your community and gather important insights.

Join this competition and explore how community engagement can inspire, connect, and enrich lives. 

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Disclaimer: This competition is not associated with: DuSable Park Design Alliance, Brook Architecture, Ross Barney Architects, Chicago Parks District, or any other institution. It is purely for fun and educational purposes.

Awards

Grand Prize: $1,000

All approved submissions will be judged by a panel of anonymous designers. This panel will determine the Grand Prize Winner.

Designer's Choice Award: $500

All approved submissions will be open to public voting on our blog. The submission with the most verified votes will be named the Designer's Choice Award winner.

Timeline

Submission Deadline: April 1, 2024

Voting Starts: April 8, 2024

Voting Ends: April 22, 2024

Winners Announced: April 26, 2024

How to Participate

Steps

  1. Download the site images in the Resources Folder
  2. Get cracking! Design your vision for the future of DuSable Park.
  3. Once your design is ready for feedback, create an engagement using Engage to gather input on your proposal. 
  4. Share your engagement with friends, classmates, family, colleagues, Chicago residents, and anyone else who may provide helpful feedback. 
  5. Gather a minimum of 10 responses to your engagement. The award judges will be looking at the results. You must use a Sticky Notes question in this engagement. (See examples below)
  6. You may change your design based on the feedback you received.
  7. Once you are satisfied, submit your final design and the engagement links for award consideration.

Example — Engagement
This is an example of what an Engage sticky notes survey looks like.

Example — Results Dashboard
This is an example of what an Engage results dashboard looks like.

Submission Guidelines

Submission Items

  • Engage: Sticky Notes engagement URL
  • Engage: Sticky Notes Results Dashboard URL
  • 1 Banner Image that shows your proposal.
  • 1-2 Supporting Images that show your proposal (Optional)
  • Written Design Description, fewer than 500 words, in English.

Important

  • No logos in the images.
  • Images must be square or 16x9 ratio. Templates provided below.
  • Keep text in the images to a minimum. No text is better.
  • Images must be in jpg format
  • Images must be under 3mb each.
  • Resources Folder

 

Timeline

Submission Deadline: April 1, 2024

Voting Starts: April 8, 2024

Voting Ends: April 22, 2024

Winners Announced: April 26, 2024

Rules
  • All text must be in English
  • Must be an original work, created by the submitter
  • One design submission per person
  • You may work as an individual or in a group or team. Maximum team size: 4. 
  • Participants retain all rights to their submissions.
  • Participants grant Engage license to publish submissions online and in print.
  • Open to anyone from anywhere
  • Disclaimer: This competition is not associated with: DuSable Park Design Alliance, Brook Architecture, Ross Barney Architects, Chicago Parks District, or any other institution. It is purely for fun and educational purposes.
  • Awards are paid using Paypal.