OSA calls for designs for new concert location
by Lisa A. Fraser
Mar 15, 2012 | 1427 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Open Space Alliance Presents (OSAP), a non-profit group affiliated with Open Space Alliance (OSA), has put out a call for designers to come up with proposals that will help transform the new 50 Kent Avenue lot from vacant concrete into an open-air concert space.

OSAP is hoping to find someone local who can transform the space between North 11th and North 12th streets in Williamsburg.

“This is a tremendously exciting opportunity to turn a parking lot into an interim park, to provide public access, recreation, and green North Brooklyn,” writes the organization on their Web site. “We hope that our local artists, landscape designers, architects, lighting designers – all the creativity that our neighborhood is known for – will play an important role in designing our new venue.”

The winner of the design will receive a cash prize of $1,000 plus VIP tickets for every show in the entire 2012 concert series. The organization is looking for a design that includes a comprehensive visual identity, perimeter screening, a designated VIP area, shade elements, creative safety barriers, and most important, recreational ideas for non-concert days.

While design teams should keep sustainability, practicality, and low cost in mind, there is also one other thing they need to consider and work around - the block that OSA chose to relocate has no running water or electricity so the water features have to be self-contained and the electricity should be provided through solar-powered or bio-fuel generators.

OSAP said it is exploring bringing shore power to the site, but has traditionally operated its venues with biofuel generators.

One other catch: Construction may not penetrate the existing asphalt.

OSAP says the ideal team would consist of a group of architects, landscapers, and artists but solo designers are also welcome.

Entries will be judged by a jury comprised of well-respected art and design professionals. Registration ends on March 20, and all submissions are due on March 30. The winner will be decided by April 2 by a diverse jury of artists, architects, and even community leaders such as Assemblyman Joe Lentol and Councilman Steve Levin.

The winning entrant will be chosen based upon artistic merit, green/sustainability factors, projected budget and feasibility of construction.

The proposal will be presented to the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation for final approval, then developed and implemented with additional professional input as required to execute the design for the scheduled 2012 concert series. The construction must be done before the commencement of the concert season on June 1.

For more information and details on the design contest, visit www.osanb.org.
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