PROJECTS

CROWD-SOURCED BUS RAPID TRANSIT SYSTEM

Single-stage, international, ideas competition to design iconic, sustainable, and functional designs for Chicago’s BRT.  

Strawn+Sierralta designs and launches the 2013 Burnham Prize Competition: NEXT STOP: Designing Chicago BRT Stations, as Presidents of the Chicago Architectural Club. The competition was the culmination of a nearly two year effort to deploy Chicago's bus rapid transit system. More than a dozen civic institutions and non-profits worked together to imagine a world-class system that was specifically designed for Chicago. The winning solution, by Toronto architects Hesam T. Rostami and Bahareh Atash, was described the the jury as having "a simple elegance, while displaying a subtle adaptability to specific sites, and being fully accessible to all users."

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PARTNER TEAM

A multi-institutional collaboration to create a network of innovative transit stations for Chicago.

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Design can be city or anti-city.
Design can be inclusive or exclusionary.
Design can be oppressive or inspiring.
— Benjamin de la Pena, Rockefeller Foundation

CALL FOR IDEAS

Asking the right question.

Strawn+Sierralta worked closely with the Chicago Architecture Foundation and the BRT Steering Committee to develop a brief that inspired entrants to imagine a system-based solution. 

The team was not looking for the design of a single bus stop that could be replicated over and over, rather we were searching for solutions that would adapt to each context, while creating a powerful new identity for the city. 

Teams were asked to submit designs for three different prototype sites, one in downtown Chicago's Loop district, another in Bucktown/Logan Square neighborhood, and one for the Pilsen community.

 

PUBLIC EVENT + JURY

Winners of 'NEXT STOP' were announced at an event hosted by the Chicago Architecture Foundation.

Introductions, award presentations and commentary were led by:
Lynn Osmond, President, Chief Executive Officer, Chicago Architecture Foundation
Benjamin de la Pena, Associate Director for Urban Development at the Rockefeller Foundation
Gabe Klein, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Transportation
Karla Sierralta & Brian Strawn, Co-Founders, Strawn+Sierralta / Presidents, Chicago Architectural Club
Zurich Esposito, Executive Director, AIA Chicago

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A distinguished jury of notable professionals, academics, and public officials met to decide the competition winners. 

The 2013 Burnham Prize Competition: NEXT STOP: Designing Chicago BRT Stations received 41 projects were received from 14 countries.

Jury members included:
Monica Chadha / Civic Projects
Gordon Gill / Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Cheri Heramb / AECOM
Gabe Klein / Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT)
Pat Natke / UrbanWorks Architecture
Peter Osler / Illinois Institute of Technology
Carol Ross Barney / Ross Barney Architects
Rebekah Scheinfeld / Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)
Charles Smith / Cannon Design & Chicago Loop Alliance
Stanley Tigerman / Tigerman McCurry Architecture


COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Postcard campaign communicates award-winning BRT designs.

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EXHIBITION

An exhibition of 'NEXT STOP' winners was held in the atrium of Daniel Burnham's historic Santa Fe Building in downtown Chicago.

Strawn+Sierralta curated and designed the temporary exhibition, which was displayed alongside the Chicago Architecture Foundation's famed model of Chicago that spans over 400 blocks of the city. All nine awarded entires were featured.

First Place: 'Form vs. Uniform' by Hesam T. Rostami and Bahareh Atash
Second Place: 'Enthalpy' by Aetheric Studio (Goi Artetxe and Elise Renwick)
Third Place: 'BTA: Bus Transit Authority' by Aneesha Dharwadker and Conor O’Shea
Honorable Mention: 'Torqued Spine' by HDR Engineering, Inc.
Honorable Mention: 'Halo' by RTKL Associates Inc., Willoughby Engineering , Halvorson Partners
Honorable Mention: ' Kinesis' by LC Architects (Ermis Chalvatzis and Natassa Lianou)
Citation: 'BuRT' by Perkins+Will (Branded Environments and Urban Design)
Citation: 'Plu & Play' by Francesc Montosa and Marc Torrellas (with Mark Pique and Meritxell Arderiux)
Citation: 'Hurry Up and Slow Down' by Ann Lui and Craig Reschke

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