Competition Objective

The University of South Florida, in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Arts invite designers to participate in an international urban design competition:

[re]stitch TAMPA welcomes entrants to envision a new interface between the city of Tampa, Florida and the Hillsborough River. Utilizing Landscape Urbanism as a lens, [re]stitch Tampa seeks to refocus the Hillsborough as a SOCIAL, ECONOMIC, and ECOLOGIC spine for Tampa.

Currently, Portions of Tampa's River walk have been realized. Developments such as Curtis Hixon Park and the new Tampa History Center have provided new access to the Hillsborough. Similarly, the previous decade witnessed renewed interest in Downtown living. However, private ownership along the river and the implementation of misguided Urban Renewal strategies have led to an identity crisis for Downtown and the Hillsborough.

As the River walk is further developed, [re]stitch Tampa seeks design solutions that rekindle an intimate relationship between a city and its river. Beyond merely skirting or crossing the river, urban design schemes will treat infrastructure as a palimpsest fostering balance between built and natural environments. Issues of storm water management will transcend traditional methods of implementation to reveal productive landscapes promoting social and economic sustainability. Issues of ecology should transcend the river to promote green infrastructure throughout downtown and surrounding neighborhoods.


The Jury

A distinguished jury of Urban Designers, Architects, Planners and artists will select winning entries. Jurors Include:

Charles Waldheim

Principal, Urban Agency; John E. Irving professor and chair of landscape architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Chris Reed

Principal, STOSS Landscape Urbanism; Adjunct Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Margaret Crawford

Professor of Architecture in the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkley

Juhani Pallasma

Arkkitehtitoimisto Juhani Pallasmaa KY; Ruth & Norman Moore Visiting Professor at Washington University. Plym Professor at the University of Illinois

Chad Oppenheim

Principal of Oppenheim Architecture + Design, Miami, Florida. Professor at Florida International University

Lisa J. Montelione

Councilwoman Montelione represents District 7, which encompasses New and North Tampa. The area includes some of Tampa's most prominent assets

Laurie Potier-Brown

Laurie Potier-Brown is both a registered Landscape Architect and a certified Planner. She is also currently on staff at the City of Tampa

Ray Chiaramonte

Mr. Chiaramonte serves as the Executive Director of the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization - the long-range transportation planning agency for Hillsborough County

Emily Meeker O'Mahoney

Mrs. O'Mahoney is the President of the Florida ChapterAmerican Society of Landscape Architects. Partner at Gentile Glas Holloway O'Mahoney & Associates (2GHO)

[re]stitch Tampa seeks to refocus the Hillsborough as a SOCIAL, ECONOMIC, and ECOLOGIC spine for Tampa