Winner of ‘Bayside Adapts Design Challenge’ Announced Tonight, May 3rd


Utility Companies at Work Today Replacing a Pole at the Corner of Lexington and Preble Streets, Portland Today. Power in the Area Has Been Out Today. The Old Pole May Have Been Hit by a  Heavy Truck.

The City of Portland will announce the winner of the  Bayside Adapts Design Challenge Submissions this evening,Wednesday, May 3rd at 7:30 pm at Rines Auditorium at the Portland Public Library. The judging will be performed by a panel of four individuals this afternoon at the Auditorium.  The winner will be awarded a prize of $1,000.00.

Prior to the 7:30 pm announcement at 6:00 pm., Julia Wormser, VP of Policy and Planning for Boston Harbor Now and a member of the judging panel, will address the audience.  She will describe resiliency efforts on the Boston waterfront and discuss how that experience might inform our efforts in Bayside.  The public is encouraged to attend and ask questions of her.  Public viewing of the submissions begins at 4:30 pm.

The Bayside Adapts Design Challenge is a planning and community engagement exercise to develop visionary ways to make the Bayside neighborhood more resilient in the face of climate change.  That is part of why the expertise of Julia Wormser and the opportunity to hear her speak is so valuable.

Members of the judging panel are:  Jeff Levine, Director of Planning and Urban Development, Portland; Julia Wormser, VP of Policy and Planning Boston Harbor Now; Shafaq Choudry, Senior Associate, Center for City Solutions, National League of Cities; and Addy Reiman, Portland Society for Architecture.  The judging will be based on five criteria.

The call for design submissions was announced on February 24, 2017 with the deadline  for submissions set for April 10, 2017.

Funding for the Design Challenge was generously provided by the National League of Cities.