And the Winners Are…

29 10 2008
Winner of the CityRacks Design Competition Ian Mahaffy and Maarten De Greeve

Winner of the sidewalks category of the CityRacks Design Competition Ian Mahaffy and Maarten De Greeve

New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and Paul Warwick Thompson, Director of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and Paul White of Transportation Alternatives announced the winners of the CityRacks Design Competition.

The design of Ian Mahaffy and Maarten De Greeve (Bettlelab), based in Copenhagen, Denmark, was selected as the first-place winner in the outdoor competition that attracted over 200 entrants from around the world.  Their design was one of ten prototypes installed and tested at Astor Place since September 30.  DOT intends to use Mahaffy and De Greeve’s design as the new standard bicycle rack installed on New York City’s sidewalks. The jury also recognized second-place winner Andrew Lang and Harry Dobbs of London and third-place winner Ignacio Ciocchini of New York.  Mahaffy and De Greeve will receive a $10,000 prize courtesy of Transportation Alternatives, Dobbs and Lang a $3,000 prize and Ciocchini a $2,000 prize.

Mahaffy and De Greeve’s design reflects a modern simplicity that will greatly enhance the City’s streetscape.  The rack is round with a horizontal crossbar, evoking an abstracted bicycle tire.  Constructed of cast-metal, the design is elegant yet sturdy enough to withstand the harshest street environments.

RSVP Studios was a co-winner of the Indoor Bicycle Rack Competition.

Co-winner of the indoor category of the CityRacks Design Competition - RSVP Studios

The Jury also selected two first-place winners in the indoor competition.  RSVP Studio of New York imagined a user-friendly system with ceiling mounted bungie-cords and a grooved floor.  Its structural grid provides a secure yet flexible system that could be easily adapted to any building environment.

Co-winner of the indoor category of the CityRacks Design Competition - the team of Jessica Lee and Anthony Lau

Co-winner of the indoor category of the CityRacks Design Competition - the team of Jessica Lee and Anthony Lau

Jessica Lee and Anthony Lau of London created a system of three modular pieces that could be installed in an unlimited number of combinations to conform to rooms large or small, tall or short.  Both will received a $5,000 prize for their work.


Comment on the Finalists

30 09 2008

Our jury will soon meet to determine the winner, but we’d love to give them as much public feedback as we can. Click on the Comment on the Finalists link at the top and see the proposals, find out where to view the racks on NYC streets and tell us what you think!

If you want to see 9 out of the 10 entries all at once, just head over to Astor Place. The others will be installed at locations around the City starting around the weekend of October 11th. Keep in mind that we are installing them on the streets to test their street worthiness. If the racks are broken or missing this indicates the designs as submitted might not be tough enough for NYC. Vandals are lame, but it’s better to know the pitfalls before we start to mass produce new racks.

Enjoy and tell us what you think!

Finally, the Finalists

21 07 2008

Andrew Lang and Harry Dobbs

BaroniValeriani architetti

Ian Mahaffy and Maarten De Greeve

Federico Otero

Francis Anthony Bitonti (FADarch)

Ignacio Ciocchini

Jeff Miller & Andrea Ruggiero

Next Phase Studios

Stephan Jaklitsch Architects PC


Open Thread Design


Judgement Day

17 07 2008
One of the many intriguing designs entered

One of the many intriguing designs entered by Aleksandr Mergold of Austin + Mergold LLC

Tuesday the judges met at the CooperHewitt, National Design Museum to review the entries and whittle down the hundreds of outdoor rack entries to 10 finalists.

View a selection of entries


Updated Schedule

23 06 2008

Due to scheduling constraints of the Jury, the announcement of the winner of the in-building competition and the ten finalists for the sidewalk rack competition will now be made on July 15.  An updated sidewalk rack competition schedule is posted below:

Stage II Competitors Announced: 15 July 2008

Stage II Briefing: 22 July 2008

Stage II Question Period Ends: 4 August 2008

Stage II Answers Posted Online: 8 August 2008

Stage II Prototypes Submission Deadline: 15 September 2008

Exhibition Opening and Installation on Public Sidewalks: 30 September 2008

Awards Announced: 24 October 2008


June 9th!

7 06 2008

June 9th is just around the corner. If you are pre-registered for the competition don’t forget —

Submissions should be sent or delivered to:
Zac Frank
40 Worth Street, Room 1005
New York, NY 10013

Submissions must be received at this address before 5:00 p.m. (EDT) on 9 June 2008. Competitors
assume all responsibility for insuring that their Submission arrives before the stated deadline.


Some updates

27 05 2008

The competition handbooks have been updated to make clarifications that arose out of questions submitted concerning the intellectual property provisions of the design competition materials. (Please review the handbooks and section 2.10, in particular, carefully.)

Photos of the current CityRacks on NYC streets have also been added in downloads.