Design Brief

The Complete City Imagined

Since 2017, the Portland Society for Architecture have been using blank maps of Portland, Maine as a tool to collect comments and ideas about and for the city. Ideas to keep and preserve what we love, to talk about what we dislike, and to find and imagine the opportunities in our built environment. With over 350 submissions, the maps are honest, wildly imaginative, and extremely inspiring.

Collected Maps

THE CHALLENGE

THE COMPLETE CITY: IMAGINED

PSA would like to invite you to use these maps as inspiration to create a compelling and engaging image of how Portland, Maine can develop and thrive as a “Complete City.” The images hope to inspire future planning and development by visualizing ideas that came directly from Portland citizens and to capture its potential in the most spectacular way possible. Each submission must reference at least one of the maps collected to date from our website.

A map turned into a design

SCHEDULE

APRIL 29, 2019

Registration Opens

JULY 22, 2019

Submission Deadline

AUGUST 2019

Winners Announced

October 24, 2019 – January 31, 2020

OCTOBER 26, 2019
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

November 4, 2019
Reception – 5:00 p.m.
Lecture – 6:00 p.m.

UNE Center for Global Humanities Lecture
The City: Sensed, Imagined and Realized by NY Times Cartographer Tim Wallace

TBA

Digital Publication to Follow

AWARDS

Winning entries will receive cash prizes. The design jury wil review and rate each submission and finalize a winning project. Winners will be notified of the competition results directly. All projects will be displayed and of the winning entries will be posted on the website.

HONOR AWARD

$1,500

MERIT AWARD

Amount to be Determined by Jury

ELIGIBILITY

Everyone is eligible to enter – designers, writers, artists, students, and the general public are all are welcome and encouraged to participate. Entries will be accepted for individual as well as team submissions.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Up to (4) images

Image icon

11” X 17″
200 dpi (min)
Any Orientation
.jpeg format

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Narrative

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250 words max

REGISTRATION

An online registration form must be completed for an entire team or for each individual participant. There is no registration fee to participate in the challenge. Each registered participant will receive a confirmation e-mail that will include information for final online submission. Please add the email address thecompletecity@gmail.com to your address book to ensure that you receive all e-mails regarding your submission.

CRITERIA FOR JUDGING

Source

SUBMISSIONS MUST USE IDEAS AND INSPIRATION FROM THE COMPLETED MAPS

Define

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE THE COMPLETE CITY AND CAPTURES THE ETHOS OF PORTLAND, MAINE

Push

THE BOUNDARIES OF CONVENTION IN INNOVATIVE AND ORIGINAL WAYS

Inspire

THE COMMUNITY TO SEE SPACE AND PLACE DIFFERENTLY

Contribute

TO THE GREATER COMMUNITY IDENTITY AND PRIDE

EXHIBITION

October 24, 2019–January 31, 2020
OPENING RECEPTION: OCTOBER 26, 2019, 5–7 PM

University of New England Art Gallery
716 Stevens Avenue
Portland, ME 04103

UNE Art Gallery