Our Inaugural Competition
The city of Toledo is currently reconsidering a series of highly visible landscapes along its river waterfront. These sites are either undergoing construction due to the installation of large stormwater mitigation infrastructure or were small dredge storage facilities that have reached design capacity. In both cases, these landscapes have the potential to be repositioned as a series of unique and highly valuable sites along the Maumee River, amassing over 170 acres. The competition calls for ideas that re-envision the role of the riverfront in Toledo and how this new role can embrace the realities of dredging while enhancing the overall quality of public space within the city.Learn More
North Coast Design Competition is an annual ideas competition that generates architectural designs to transform urban sites and public spaces in the Midwest. It is the intent of the North Coast Design Competition for its submissions to become a resource to influence better design solutions for projects that impact the region’s environment.
In the fall of 2013, Sean Burkholder, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at Pennsylvania State University in the Department of Landscape Architecture taught “Designing Dredge Studio – Toledo”. This course was supported by:
- Joe Cappel, Toledo Port Authority
- Kristin Gardner, Hull and Associates
- Sandy Bihn, Lake Erie Water Keeper and Toledo Lighthouse Society
- Robin Whitney, City of Toledo
The students work can be viewed here.
This studio inspired Burkholder to launch the inaugural North Coast Design Competition…2014: Designing Dredge – Reconsidering the Toledo Riverfront.