Earlier this year, Des Moines Water Works, in partnership with Iowa State University’s Department of Landscape Architecture, launched “Parkitecture,” an international design competition for re-envisioning Water Works Park.
A public open house to view the five professional finalists and nine student honorees will be held on December 15, 6:00-8:00 pm at the Des Moines Art Center, located at 4700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines. The public will have the opportunity to comment on each professional design concept and cast a “people’s favorite” vote.
The panel of nine judges that selected the finalists will hear final presentations from the professional entries on December 16. The winning design concept will be announced by the end of the year. Funds for implementation of the winning design will be obtained through private fundraising and will not be borne by water rate payers.
In October, judges reviewed 44 design proposals and selected 5 professional finalists and 9 student honorees for further review and public comment. Design proposals included 25 student entries and 19 professional entries, including international firms from London and Egypt.
Water Works Park, a 1,500-acre urban park in the heart of Des Moines, has provided the main water supply for the city since the early 1900s. It is also a major component of the city’s open space system and trail network.
The result of the design competition will be an innovative park design showcasing Water Works Park as a model component of the larger watershed and recreational destination for current and future generations of Central Iowans.
Online public access to view the five professional finalists and nine student honorees is available at http://parkitecture.design.iastate.edu/publicreview.php. Questions and comments regarding Parkitecture can be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org or (515) 283-8751.