National Parks Now Competition, Deadline Oct 30


The  Buy Van Alen Institute, known for their public programs and design competitions investigating contemporary uses of public space, have just launched an exciting opportunity for multi-disciplinary creators called National Parks Now

Drawing together professionals from the fields of architecture, urban and landscape design, film production and programming, preservation, communications, history and the social and environmental sciences, four teams will be awarded $15,000 to participate in a six-month research and design phase whose ultimate goals include:

+ exploring how these parks can provide opportunities for reflection, recreation, and learning

+  re-imagining how historic sites can respond to changing demographics and technologies.

+ online proposing new ways for visitors to interact with the parks themselves (via, for example, hands-on workshops, customizable self-led tours, site-specific leisure and exploration opportunities, digital narratives, interactive installations or performance events)

At a time of limited park resources and budgets, new ideas and strategies are needed to ensure these sites’ relevance and long-term sustainability, and to attract larger, increasingly diverse audiences that have countless opportunities for how they are entertained, educated, and engaged in the world around them.

One winning team will receive $10,000 with which to create their prototype, which will then be implemented the following summer.

As the National Park Service prepares to celebrate its centennial in 2016, the competition will generate strategies for attracting diverse audiences, telling new stories, and engaging the next generation of visitors, using these four sites in the NY region as case studies for similar parks nationwide Pills : Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park, Sagamore Hill National Historic Site,  Steamtown National Historic Site and Weir Farm National Historic Site.

The deadline for entry is October 30th Cheap .

For more information on the competition or how to apply, just their website at