Extended Deadline - Tommy Church Memorial Design Competition 2012

The deadline for the Church competition entries has been extended to April 23, 2012.

THE COMPETITION: Tommy Church was the foremost landscape architect of early modernism in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Like other landscape architects of his time he provided visionary leadership in stewarding the entire region and shaping individual sites.  Although influenced by Asian and European traditions, his work created an original California style that distinctively integrated the building and landscape as one.  He satisfied modern utility while capturing the sensual.  This competition honors his memory.

TOPIC:  Fast, Medium and Slow Landscape:  Neighborhood Space - Lots, Streets and Freeways
OBJECTIVE: To design and develop ideas for a new public space along the 101 Freeway Corridor at 17th Street, San Bruno Ave, and Vermont Street in San Francisco CA. This new landscape will provide a new social, ecological and experiential benefit for local neighborhood users and passerby at various speeds.  The project’s goals are to rethink how freeways rights of way can be beneficial to the neighborhoods they touch as well provide useful ecological remedies to the issues that are exacerbated by the freeway and roadway.  The design should also develop strategies for the experience of movement at least three speeds; freeway automobile 65+ mph, bicyclist 8 +- mph, and jogging/walking 1-6mph. The design should also create a distinct new gateway and amenity for the neighborhood.
The site is a fallow Caltrans right of way located along the 101 Freeway between 17th street and San Bruno Ave. It is a fill slope that allows 101 to pass over 17th Street.   As with most fallow urban space this landscape has become an attractive nuisance for the adjacent community.  Issues of transient inappropriate behavior, dumping, illicit activities, and unsightliness plague this site and neighborhood.  Houses sit within 100 yards of the freeway and the non- ownership (maintenance, security, care, etc.) of the right of way is a major structural issue.
SF MUNA, an active residential community group in San Francisco’s South of Market and Protrero Hill District is the client group and they have gained support from Caltrans, San Francisco Park Alliance, and SF Supervisor to solve some of theses issues. They have a long list of suggestions for the spaces transformation that you should take into consideration with your design. (See accompanied material)  Your design work should meet the greater design goals of the competition, (fast, medium, slow), and should bolster the goals/opportunities and constraints suggested by the community group through the creation of an exciting new landscape.
Calm the local traffic and suggest new alternatives for street parking.  Provide a street planting design and incorporate ideas for storm water recharge and capture within the street rights of way and Caltrans property.  Suggest alternative surface treatments for the roadway and crossings.  Suggest ideas for pedestrians, bicyclist and automobile to safely occupy the streets.

Provide a clear pedestrian network of sidewalks and pathways.  Suggest materials and site furnishings to activate the public realm and strategies that diminish the visual and physical impact of curb cuts at residential driveways.

Redesign the street and space underneath Bay Shore Freeway at 17th street.  Suggest alternative lighting strategies, architectural elements to diminish the freeway impact, and ways to change our perception of the freeway itself through artful interventions.  Suggest temporal alternatives for the parking area and sidewalk areas.

-Amphitheater/Performance space (17th and San Bruno)
Reshape the existing topography to create a performance space for community events while ameliorating auto noise and providing an “imageable” structure for freeway passerby.

-Community Garden/Vermont Street ( Mariposa and San Bruno)
Explore ideas for a “garden” here at the Bay shore Freeway 101  ROW.  How can the garden as a public landscape fulfill community needs and desires.  Do not propose a typical approach to a community garden with raised beds, etc.  You are adjacent to a 8 lane bifurcated freeway, be mindful of environmental issues and property ownership (Caltrans)

-Dog Park- Vermont Street (Mariposa and San Bruno):
Reinterpret theclosed-pendog park model, and suggest how the larger landscape can satisfy this need in an episodic and multi-dimensional manner.
Propose a planting design strategy for these spaces.

-Bike Circulation:
Develop space for bicycles along streets and paths.  Provide a simple diagram for how bikers can connect to the greater SF geography.

Develop a set of exercise spaces that connect to the larger neighborhood context that joggers or runners may utilize.  Provide spaces for repeats, wind sprints, and hill work.
Propose a planting design for these spaces.
-Bay Shore Freeway:
Develop a planting plan that reinforces the speed and experience from driving north and south along Bayshore freeway 101.

-Vermont/SanBrunoStreets and adjacent slopes: Develop the street landscape and adjacent slopes for fast play, ie., skate boarding/ skating, lawn sledding, etc.)

- Develop a storm-water detention system that reveals the speed of water during and after an event.  Through capture and release, explore ways to mitigate noise, pollution and erosion.
*For all planting strategies illustrate with diagrams their spatial and physical transformation for the next 50 years.

 ELIGIBILITY:  Any student who is currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at UC Berkeley is eligible to enter the competition, either as an individual.  Teams are encouraged to include other students from other departments on campus such as Architecture, Forestry, and Environmental Science.  Each team, however, must be led by at least one currently reenrolled student in the Department of Landscape-Architecture and Environmental Planning.   
REQUIREMENTS: Each team should produce one board, 30” horizontal x 40” vertical, board material should be between 1/8”- ½” thick.  Also supply a digital presentation of 6-10 pages submitted as a PDF. Boards should be digital or on a single piece of paper, no exceptions.  There can be no identification of authorship on the board or on the PDF presentation.  Place your entry number on the back of the board and identify the team number in the digital presentation. The number will be given to you at the time of registration with the graduate assistant. Also securely attach an opaque envelope the back of the board that contains the name(s) of the team member(s) and contact information.  
You should have a minimum of the following :((1)Gestalt/concept diagrams,(1) site plan of your overall design 1”= 30 feet,  (1/16” scale), (2) sections (1/8” scale or larger), (1) detailed plan of the new development,(2) perspectives of your design during day use/ night use,(1) detail of a particular design element, and any other drawings and text that you consider essential to communicate your ideas.Provide a clear descriptive plant list and include maintenance requirements.
Additional Background:
JUDGING CRITERIA: a panel of experts in environmental planning and landscape design will judge the entries. Invited jurors include the following: UC Berkeley Faculty; Walter Hood, Joe McBride, Karl Kullman, Margaret Crawford, Outside Jurors: SF MUNA Representatives, The jury will consider the following:
1.    The consistency of logic from idea to site scale
2.    Design detail
3.    Functional, Didactic, and Artistic design performance
4.    Mitigation and ecological planting strategies

SCHEDULE:                        Brief Available: March 23rd, 2012
Overview Meeting: April 2,nd2012 – 1PM (382C)
Competition Due:  April 16,th2012 (206 Wurster) 
Electronic submissions to tonytieu@berkeley.edu 
or skretta@berkeley.edu ) – 4 P.M.
AWARDS: First Place: $4,300 Second Place: $2,000 Third Place: $1,000