Competition :: WHY STOP Imagining the South Coast Rail

In support of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation's South Coast Rail Economic Development and Land Use Corridor Plan, SHIFTboston is challenging urban planners, architects, urban designers, designers and landscape architects -- professionals and students -- to explore and visualize destinations along the proposed South Coast Rail extension, which will connect Boston to Taunton, New Bedford, and Fall River, Massachusetts.

The planned extension of commuter rail lines from Boston’s South Station to the Massachusetts South Coast has the capacity for broader re-conception and re-imagination of the region. We encourage competitors to investigate and to explore the potential of this new network and its RESOURCES. Competitors might animate the rail system by adding to or enhancing the latent urban NETWORK. These NEW destinations could draw from the regional and local resources, industry and culture such as, universities, agriculture, arts, marine industry, historical institutions, tourism and recreation. FUN?

Consider what has not yet been considered -- contemporary communal and PUBLIC meeting places, open markets for local food production, a regional cultural campus of performance space and theaters connected by rail, or new research and development campuses or dense residential districts. The submission might explore these stopping points along the rail as part of system of supporting links which make up a greater network. The competitor might also choose to focus on further developing the central core of one or more of the cities on the line, such as Fall River or New Bedford.

“We will not understand the full potential of the South Coast Rail Project until we can see it.” Greg Guimond, Deputy Director and Comprehensive Planning Manger, SRPEDD

This international competition and event will foster the development of valuable concepts necessary for a new and vital urban network along the railway therefore becoming a true realization of the potential of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s South Coast Rail Economic Development and Land Use Corridor Plan

Awards:  The winner will receive a cash prize and present his/her concept at the SHIFTboston WHY STOP Forum at Faneuil Hall in Boston, MA on October 20th, among select members of the jury, government, community and business leaders, local developers and regional economic development groups.

The winning entry will be featured in a new game for mobile devices which will be featured at the Forum and as part of the WHY STOP Exhibition. Winning and select submissions will be on public display as part of a traveling exhibition which will begin at South Station in Boston, the New Bedford Public Library and then Fall River begining in January of 2012.

All finalists and eligible entries will be promoted on the SHIFTboston blog and website and will be come part of the SHIFTboston WHY STOP book in 2012.

For more information on the Competition check the website!

Submission Deadline: September 16, 2011

Submit all your competition inquiries to Answers to your questions will be placed online. Last day to submit your questions is September 9, 2011.

Register here!