Envisioning a New Sidewalk Shed
October 21st, 2009

The city-sponsored design competition to improve the ubiquitous royal blue sidewalk shed has been narrowed down to three finalists out of 164 submissions. Jurists in the urbanSHED competition selected the Tripod MOD(ule), urbanCLOUD, and the Urban Umbrella. Click here to see a slide show.

“The winning solutions and the honorable mentions focus attention on how our streetscape can be improved by attention to the basics of architecture: light, air, materials, structure and form,” said Rick Bell, Executive Director of AIANY, which also sponsored the competition.

The jury made its decision based on the shed’s impacts on pedestrians’ experience, the use of both natural and electric light, and improvements to structural components.

The finalists will receive $5,000 to further develop their designs, and the ultimate winner will get $10,000. The Alliance for Downtown New York, another sponsor, will build a prototype of the winner’s design in lower Manhattan.

By on October 21, 2009, 6:13 pm
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2 Responses to “Envisioning a New Sidewalk Shed”

  1. Sidewalk Shed Says:
    October 22nd, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    As part of the SAFE Scaffold & Shed Initiative, the Buildings Department, in partnership with the Department of Design and Construction and the Department of Citywide Administrative Services, will test a design prototype of a new sidewalk shed engineered to improve pedestrian safety, increase natural light on the sidewalk, and improve the streetscape around construction sites. The Buildings Department is studying the need for additional safety enhancements, including securing sheds to the sidewalk in certain cases for added stability and enhancing the required wind-load calculations for shed installation. A sidewalk shed is a temporary bridge-like structure built over a sidewalk usually by Sidewalkshed.com to protect pedestrians during construction on or near a building’s facade. Due to the construction boom and the mandatory facade-maintenance requirements, there are approximately 4,500 sidewalk sheds installed citywide and SidewalkBridges.com Adheres to these strick standards. http://www.SidewalkShed.com (914)512-7619

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