NYC Aquarium & Public Waterfront

Submission: April 04, 2016
Registration: April 04, 2016
Language: English
Location: New York City, USA
Prizes: 1st Prize: US $2,000, 2nd Prize: US $1,000, 3rd Prize: US $500
Type: Open


Driven by recent infrastructural, social, and environmental conditions; this competition looks to take a desirable urban site and harvest its current and future potential. arch out loud proposes the implementation of a public aquarium and park to provide communal space for the surrounding city, a program that provides valuable waterfront space to residents and tourists. arch out loud challenges designers to experiment with conventional interpretations of this program and investigate how it can create a more appropriated relationship to its context.

New York City is a complex edifice that is constantly evolving and regenerating from its former conditions. Following post-depression paces, the city has seen rapid redevelopment that has capitalized on previously overlooked locations. Sitting at the top of these locations are the sites that have access to waterfront. Most of the ventures in these areas are private, economic interests, only addressing public value when there is a direct return on profit. If not taken into consideration, many of these waterfronts will be absorbed by the private realm and, with the constant return of people to the urban core, there lies a need to create public and cultural infrastructure.

But what kind of public space does New York City not have easily accessibility already? The city is filled with numerous icons, parks, theaters, and museums. An aquarium – a cultural and public commodity – is a distant typology to the Manhattan area that has been absent since the 1950s, when Manhattan was home to the first public aquarium in the nation. Introducing such a program here could create a destination that is easily accessible from NYC’s many boroughs. And, although NYC itself has a very distinct identity through monumental icons, a public aquarium can help build identity for specific boroughs, bring public space back to the waterfront and return a valuable destination to the core of NewYork City.


NOV 15TH, 2015        Advanced registration begins ($55)
​DEC 31ST, 2015          Advanced registration closes
JAN 1ST, 2016              Early registration begins ($70)
FEB 14TH, 2016           Early registration closes
FEB 15TH, 2016          Regular registration begins ($85)
APR 4TH, 2016            Registration and submission deadline
APR 18TH, 2016         Finalists announced
APR 25TH, 2016         Winners announced

Go to the competition’s website