City of Baltimore Launches 'Design for Distancing' Competition

City of Baltimore Launches 'Design for Distancing' Competition

The City of Baltimore is calling for entries for its 'Design for Distancing' competition. How might we reconfigure public space to safely patronize local businesses and our main streets? This is unchartered territory, and the world needs the brightest minds and most innovative ideas.

What are smart ways for people to line up for carry-out, attend farmer's markets, or wait outside of salons, laundromats, and banks? With social distancing in mind and using the best practices from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, entrants can submit their own urban tactical solutions.

"In Baltimore, the streets, sidewalks, and stoops are important gathering spaces, and in many ways, the intersection of our lives," commented Mayor of Baltimore, Bernard Jack Young. "Recapturing these areas is critical to our reopening and economic recovery."

"We are looking for creative design submissions from local agencies and freelancers," added Jennifer Goold, Executive Director of the Neighborhood Design Center. "These concepts will then be built in Baltimore and shared with others around the world to borrow from in order to create their own practical solutions."

The top concepts will be selected by June 7, 2020, with $50,000 in stipends available for those chosen to expand their ideas. Winning designs will be included in the 'Design for Distancing Guidebook,' a free, shareable, online resource.

The deadline for applications is June 7, 2020.

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