WHAT

The BUILT THAT PARK! Design Challenge consists of four distinct design challenges, with the results of each to influence the overall design evolution of International Friendship Park, a truly binational park at the westernmost end of the U.S.-Mexico border. Learn more here.

 

WHEN

The four Challenge phases will take place from November, 2020 thru August, 2021, culminating in an August of 2021 exhibition as part of Friendship Park's 50th Anniversary observance. 
 

WHO

The challenge is open to design professionals and students internationally. Registration will open soon. 
We encourage all other stakeholders to share your vision for the park here.

 

HOW
Submit your design on this website with accompanying text (500 words or less). More info soon!

 

 

WHY

The Design Challenge is a component of BUILD THAT PARK!, A campaign to design a truly binational park accessible to both Mexico and the U.S., and to realize this vision through the engagement, camaraderie, and advocacy of the peoples of both nations. This Visionary Plan will remind us all that our best security with our neighbors to the south is friendship and cooperation.  International Friendship Park will become a reality with your help. 
 

QUESTIONS??
Please direct BTP! Design Challenge questions to James Brown, FAIA 

email: jb@publicdigital.com or 619-851-4083

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SUBMIT YOUR DESIGN

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PHASE 1

January 21, 2021

submission date

THE INTERNATIONAL PIER

Imagine a bi-national pier extending out into the Pacific Ocean from the westernmost edge of the proposed bi-national park.  We invite your visions in this first of four design competitions that explore International Friendship Park at the US Mexican border at the Pacific Ocean.  This 1,954 mile (3,145 km) border terminates at this location, a place of great beauty and great potential.  There are no restrictions to the length, width, or character of this pier.  It may be made of any material and be of any character.  It will celebrate cooperation and can encompass any use.

PHASE 2

March 1, 2021

submission date

THE COURTYARD FOR FREE SPEECH

The courtyard is 200’ x 200’, and is centered on the international border line.  It may be any distance from the sea that the designers choose.  The walls may be of any height, of any material, and as porous or solid as the designer thinks appropriate.  There are no programmatic requirements but any use is allowed.

PHASE 3

May 1, 2021

submission date

THE BOARDWALK

There currently exists a wonderful seaside boardwalk just inside the Mexican border.  This boardwalk will continue to exist within the boundaries of International Friendship Park.  Adjacent to this boardwalk are vibrant restaurants, businesses, residences and shops.  All of these uses will remain within the new bi-national park.  The challenge it to extend this seaside walkway to the northern edge of International Friendship Park.

PHASE 4

August 1, 2021

submission date

THE INTERNATIONAL PEDESTRIAN CROSSING

There currently exists a wonderful seaside boardwalk just inside the Mexican border.  This boardwalk will continue to exist within the boundaries of International Friendship Park.  Adjacent to this boardwalk are vibrant restaurants, businesses, residences and shops.  All of these uses will remain within the new bi-national park.  The challenge it to extend this seaside walkway to the northern edge of International Friendship Park.

PRIZES

Cash Awards

Honorable Mentions

Publication

PRIZES and PUBLICATION

For each of the 4 competitions there will be: 
 

  • A $500 First Place award

  • Two Honorable Mentions with $250 award

  • Publication in a competition journal upon Challenge completion 

    

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The Friends of Friendship Park is a non-partisan, grassroots coalition of individuals and organizations advocating for increased public access to the historic meeting place on the US-Mexico border. 

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