Brooklyn, N.Y.'s Grand Army Plaza—home to the Soldiers' and Sailors' Arch, the Bailey Fountain, the entrance to Frederick Law Olmsted's greatest park, and a major transit hub—is currently an underdeveloped public amenity. The Grand Army Plaza Coalition, an alliance of Brooklyn community groups and cultural organizations intent on improving the plaza, and the Design Trust for Public Space will launch an international ideas competition to generate new visions for the plaza's design.
Just one of several design competitions organized by the Design Trust for Public Space, "Reinventing Grand Army Plaza" is open to all and offers cash prizes to the three top winners. Submissions will help inform the program on a new schematic plan for the plaza, and winners will be exhibited at either the Brooklyn Public Library or the Brooklyn Museum of Art. The entrance fee is $30, and the submissions deadline will be in April. For more information, visit www.designtrust.org.