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Flash Competition

Photos: Zachary Tyler Newton

As neighborhoods along the L train brace for an interruption in service of unprecedented scale, this fast-paced competition asked interdisciplinary teams to propose implementable interventions that looked beyond shuttle buses and private cars. Participants from design and non-design fields were invited to this program that asked how unforeseen design solutions could facilitate easier routes during service shutdowns.

Learn more about the competition here.

Spectators were invited to watch the presentation of proposals and jury comments, followed by the announcement of a winner.

This event was designated for AIA CES (3 LU | HSW) and ASLA CES PDH/HSW (3 LU) 

Team Orientation & Workshop
12:30pm – 4:00pm
This period was open only to accepted teams. Learn more about the competition here. 

Public Presentations
4:00pm – 5:30pm
Teams presented proposals to jury members and a public audience, followed by a question and answer period.

Reception & Jury Deliberation
5:30pm – 6:15pm
As the jury privately determined the best proposal, attendees were invited to enjoy a drink and discuss ideas with the competition teams.

Winner Announcement
The winning team, Transient Transit, was awarded a $1,000 cash prize and worked closely with Van Alen to refine their proposal.

Christopher Bonanos, Senior Editor, New York magazine

Tim Braine, Founder & Executive Director, The Station Alliance

David van der Leer (jury chair), Executive Director, Van Alen Institute

Erin Maciel, Project Manager, New York City Department of Transportation

John Maier, Co-Chair, Public Transit Services Committee, Queens Community Board No. 5

Shin-pei Tsay, Deputy Executive Director, Transit Center / Executive Director, Gehl Institute