Monday, July 06, 2009

2010 Biennial Ideas Competition

The New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) Committee announces its 2010 Biennial Ideas Competition.

ENYA has hosted, for the past four years, an international design competition for students and young professionals, challenging them to address an urban and architectural problem within New York City. This year we have chosen to focus on a unique disused infrastructure --the historic High Bridge. As a portion of The Old Croton Aqueduct that once carried drinking water into the city, the High Bridge currently connects recreational parks in the Bronx and Manhattan. The competition will challenge participants to transform the bridge and surround areas into a vibrant public space that includes an arts complex for emerging artistic communities.

Included in this exploration is the challenge to use the bridge and competition program to literally connect the Manhattan and Bronx neighborhoods on either side. The dramatic site is rich with programmatic and architectural diversity, which will generate a broad range of proposals.

The ENYA competition is a unique opportunity and we invite you to include this competition in your curriculum. The competition is formatted to coincide with the Fall 2009 academic semester, with a registration launch in September 2009 and submission deadline in January 2010. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three winning entries. An exhibition of all the winning proposals will take place at the Center for Architecture, in Greenwich Village, New York, in the fall of 2010. The ENYA committee is also planning to incorporate the top three winning proposals into the exhibition design itself.

Further details will be announced with the launch of the competition in September 2009.

The attachment is an information package for your review, including some more information about the competition, site, and program. Please also visit our previous competition websites:

South Street Seaport: Re-envisioning the Urban Edge, 2008

Southpoint: From Ruin to Rejuvenation, 2006

Groen Hoek: The East River Community Boathouse Competition, 2004

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions at


Jessica Sheridan, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP

ENYA Committee Co-Chair

AIA New York Chapter