2013 BURNHAM PRIZE - WINNERS ANNOUNCED



Video courtesy of Chicago Architecture Foundation

On May 29, 2013 a distinguished jury of notable professionals, academics, and public officials met to decide the competition winners. This single-stage international design ideas competition intends to catalyze iconic, sustainable, and functional design for representative corridors in Chicago’s planned Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system.

The jury members included:
Monica Chadha / Converge: Exchange
Gordon Gill / Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Cheri Heramb / AECOM
Gabe Klein / Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT)
Pat Natke / UrbanWorks Architecture
Peter Osler / Illinois Institute of Technology
Carol Ross Barney / Ross Barney Architects
Rebekah Scheinfeld / Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)
Charles Smith / Cannon Design & Chicago Loop Alliance
Stanley Tigerman / Tigerman McCurry Architecture

The Chicago Architectural Club and Chicago Architecture Foundation--in partnership with the Chicago Department of Transportation, the Chicago Transit Authority, and the Chicago Bus Rapid Transit Steering Committee--extend their congratulations to the Winners, Honorable Mentions and Citations.

An exhibition of winning designs and all competition entries is on view at the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Atrium gallery (224 S. Michigan Ave.) until June 28, 2013.

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FIRST PLACE


Project Title: Form vs. Uniform
Team: Hesam T. Rostami and Bahareh Atash
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SECOND PLACE


Project Title: Enthalpy
Team: Aetheric Studio (Goi Artetxe and Elise Renwick)
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THIRD PLACE


Project Title: BTA: Bus Transit Authority
Team: Aneesha Dharwadker and Conor O’Shea
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HONORABLE MENTION


Project title: Torqued Spine
Team: HDR Engineering, Inc.
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HONORABLE MENTION


Project Title: HALO
Team: RTKL Associates Inc., Willoughby Engineering , Halvorson Partners
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HONORABLE MENTION


Project Title: Kinesis
Team: LC Architects (Ermis Chalvatzis and Natassa Lianou)
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CITATION


Project Title: BuRT
Team: Perkins+Will (Branded Environments and Urban Design)
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CITATION


Project Title: Plug & Play
Team: Francesc Montosa and Marc Torrellas (with Mark Pique and Meritxell Arderiux)
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CITATION


Project Title: Hurry Up and Slow Down
Team: Ann Lui and Craig Reschke
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COMPETITION INFORMATION

Introduction
The Chicago Architectural Club and Chicago Architecture Foundation--in partnership with the Chicago Department of Transportation, the Chicago Transit Authority, and the Chicago Bus Rapid Transit Steering Committee--are pleased to announce the 2013 Burnham Prize Competition: NEXT STOP: Designing Chicago BRT Stations. This is a single-stage international design ideas competition intended to catalyze iconic, sustainable, and functional design for representative corridors in Chicago’s planned Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system.

Challenge
NEXT STOP seeks to integrate innovative and compelling transportation design into Chicago’s urban fabric. Importantly, NEXT STOP seeks proposals that realize BRT as a system of solutions: each design team must submit designs for three different prototype sites and demonstrate how BRT station design can be adapted to each context.

Background
This competition is a vital component of the planning process for Chicago’s bold, new BRT transit initiative. BRT service offers faster, more efficient, and more reliable travel than traditional bus service. Designed for busy streets with heavy vehicle traffic, BRT systems can integrate a number of features, including:

- Dedicated bus lanes or separate bus rights-of-way from normal street traffic.
- Transit signal priority, which extends green lights and shortens red lights for buses.
- Fewer stops and additional customer amenities, including pre-paid fare collection, neighborhood maps, and digital displays with bus and train arrival information.
- A uniquely-identifiable fleet of vehicles with a distinct look and brand.
- Special stations designed to increase the speed, comfort, and ease of travel.

BRT combines the efficiency and consistency of rail rapid transit with the flexibility and comparatively lower cost of bus service. BRT service has been implemented in cities throughout the world, including several U.S. cities. BRT is currently being planned for two transit corridors in Chicago: the Central Loop and along Western and Ashland avenues. Other potential corridors are currently being studied.

Quality station design lies at the heart of BRT. Without it, every component of the service may be compromised, from rider experience to system operations. Visionary station design will help ensure that Chicago BRT lives up to its promise as a modern, high-quality public transit service that is characterized by speed, reliability, ease, and comfort. Importantly, BRT stations aren’t limited by their potential as public transit amenities: they have the opportunity to become vibrant public spaces in their own right and catalyze additional investment along BRT corridors.


COMPETITION BRIEF
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Download Competition Brief HERE.

AWARDS
First prize: $3,000.00
Second prize: $1,500.00
Third prize: $750.00


PARTNERS
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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
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CAC Team: Karla Sierralta and Brian Strawn of Strawn.Sierralta. CAF Project Team: Ingrid Haftel, Jessica Cybulski, Kristy Peterson. Special thanks to: Christopher Ziemann, Metropolitan Planning Council, Active Transportation Alliance, a5, Chicago Department of Transportation, and Chicago Transit Authority. Cover Images: Natalya Egon