Rethinking the City | Eastern Idaho

Submission: January 10, 2023
Registration: April 05, 2023
Language: English
Location: Global
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open


The region is experiencing growth which has lead to multiple semi-functional nodes. No true downtown feel exists in any of these areas. Additionally, these nodes have led to suburban sprawl. How do we create a space that can contribute to the existing urban areas and act as a catalyst for greater interaction between the residents and the businesses?

The City of Idaho Falls developed from cattle and sheep ranching. As the need to cross the Snake River grew, a toll bridge was built and with that a town to support the influx of people. Through the ingenuity and hard work of settlers, the area received water from the river through a series of canals and ditches, becoming one of the most productive agricultural regions of the United States. As the area evolved, agriculture remained one of its mainstays.

The greater Idaho Falls region has much to offer in terms of recreation. Mountains, streams, lakes, and rivers surround the city, creating opportunities for hiking, biking, running, fishing, etc. Various museums, parks, music events, etc. create a vibrant arts culture. Over the past decade, growth accelerated as people migrated to the area. As with many regions in the United States, suburban sprawl has become an issue. Idaho Falls also has urban sprawl; the business district has shifted from downtown to malls to new malls and now to a “new downtown.”


  • Create a space that will be used by the public.
  • Think about weather conditions.
  • Consider community impact.
  • How can you enliven the sector around the site?
  • How can you incorporate Eastern Idaho culture and history in the proposal?
  • How can you create a relationship between nature and architecture?


  • Registration Deadline: January 15, 2023
  • Submission Deadline: April 05, 2023


$3,000 First Place
$1,500 Second Place
$500 Third Place
4x Honorable Mentions – $250 Each

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Date: December 1, 2022