RPA to Launch Fourth Plan Design Competition in Early 2017

How might Fourth Regional Plan recommendations look once they were actually implemented? How would better housing policies, more modern and reliable transportation infrastructure and more comprehensive environmental protections affect daily life and the shape of our communities? 

To demonstrate the potential impact of forthcoming recommendations for the plan, Regional Plan Association, in collaboration with Paul Lewis and Guy Nordenson of Princeton University, will be holding a design competition beginning in early 2017.

As with RPA’s previous plans, innovative community, urban and regional design solutions will play an essential role in demonstrating how our recommendations could transform communities around the region. Designs will show how changes in transportation infrastructure, new approaches to environmental resiliency and open space conservation and more sustainable and inclusive development can take shape, and the design process will allow RPA and outside participants to continue to gather community input and support from around the region.

A jury of leading experts and designers will select four teams to explore design visions for multiple sites along four large corridor geographies within the tri-state region. These design proposals need to be grounded in specific places but also strategic enough to be applied across the region and over the long term. They will also need to showcase how places might evolve over time as the recommendations are enacted.

The competition will kick off in late January, when detailed information will be posted at design-competition.rpa.org/.