Competition :: UD4U's 'The Rust Belt'

UD4U :: The Rust Belt
Deadline: August 1, 2015
Competition Website

The City of Kenosha has a long history involving the automobile industry. The first mass assembly plant was built along Kenosha's shores in 1902 – a year ahead of Henry Ford's first factory – and for most of the 20th Century the city reveled in its car-building heyday. With the regional decline of car manufacturing starting in the late 1980s, this southeast Wisconsin community of 97,000 has worked hard the past two decades to revitalize those industrial properties once used for creating such automotive innovations as the steering wheel, seat belt and muscle car.

The aim of this international competition is to design a new urban area that will act as a catalyst in the heart of Kenosha, WI. The architecture and design of this new area should reflect contemporary design tendencies. The proposal must not only attend to the specific site but the design should also take into consideration the surrounding urban fabric and the impact your new design will have on on the sites surrounding and the entire Kenosha area as a whole.

There is no specific program or design criteria for the competition. However, even though the use is open ended, all designs should address 4 aspects (History of the Site and City, The Sites Surrounding Urban Fabric, Industries of Kenosha, and Transportation Options).

UD4U Jury Members:

  • Matthew Clapper - UD4U Principal
  • Elizabeth Fallon - UD4U Senior Designer
  • Kaleb Quirin - UD4U Project Manager and Designer

First Place: $2,500
Second Place: $1,250
Third Place: $750
5 Honorable Mentions: $100 each