Salt Lake City

Mayor, Community Leaders to Announce Design Award Winners

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June 3, 2013
Contact: Art Raymond
801-547-2659

Mayor, Community Leaders to Announce Design Award Winners
International field submitted innovative plans for downtown public spaces
    
SALT LAKE CITY – Mayor Ralph Becker, City Councilman Stan Penfold and Downtown Alliance Executive Director Jason Mathis invite media representatives to a press event announcing the People’s Choice and Jury Award winners of SixtyNine Seventy The Spaces Between: An Urban Ideas Competition on Tuesday, June 4 at 10:30 a.m. on the east steps of the Salt Lake City & County Building, 451 S. State Street.
 
More than 200 architects and designers from 48 countries and across the U.S. submitted their ideas for making two blocks – blocks sixty-nine and seventy – in the center of downtown Salt Lake City a cultural hub to rival any city in America.

A nine-member jury selected 15 semifinalists including two Jury Award winners, while the People's Choice Award was selected by more than 22,000 online voters. Tuesday’s event will include the unveiling of the People’s Choice Award winner and the two Jury Award winning ideas. Each team will receive a $40,000 cash prize.

"The work of the finalists in the SixtyNine Seventy competition reflects some truly innovative and inspired visioning for how to activate downtown public spaces," said Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker. "I'm excited to see these ideas evolve along with the myriad of public and private projects that are continuing to enrich and invigorate our central business district."

Following the Spaces Between: An Urban Ideas Competition, the SixtyNine Seventy project will focus on the development of a public/private partnership to help support the capital costs of arts projects in the cultural core with specific attention to programs on these two blocks. Ideally, this would be achieved through a private trust or banking initiative similar to many across the nation that have been established to sustain the arts.
 
For more information on SixtyNine Seventy please visit www.sixtynineseventy.com or contact Linda Jager at 435-901-2311 or linda@exoro.com.
 
 
EVENT:               SixtyNine Seventy The Spaces Between: An Urban Ideas Competition, Winners Announcement  
 
WHO:                 Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker
                         Salt Lake City Councilman Stan Penfold
                         Downtown Alliance Executive Director Jason Mathis
 
WHEN:                  Tuesday, June 4
                            10:30 a.m.
 
WHERE:                  Salt Lake City & County Building
                              Near east entrance steps
                              451 South State Street


About SixtyNine Seventy
The SixtyNine Seventy project strives to establish connective spaces between blocks sixty-nine and seventy to transform the space into a unique downtown district that will engage visitors and allow businesses to thrive.
 
The Spaces Between: An Urban Ideas Competition invited design teams from around the world to re-envision the circulation areas and passages of blocks in Salt Lake City’s downtown, blocks sixty-nine and seventy.
 
SixtyNine Seventy, The Spaces Between: An Urban Ideas Competition organizers include Salt Lake City, Downtown Alliance, AIA Utah Young Architects Forum and other passionate thinkers with a common vision for Salt Lake City’s future. Sponsors include the LDS Church Foundation, Zions Bank and The Sam and Diane Stewart Family Foundation, with the competition funded in part by the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City. For more information please visit http://www.sixtynineseventy.com.