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Competition Brief
The Harlem Edge/Cultivating Connections competition will explore the redevelopment of the decommissioned Department of Sanitation marine transfer station located in the Hudson River at 135th Street. The site offers the opportunity to engage the local Harlem community with the waterfront, and echoes recent efforts by New York City to reclaim the waterfront for non-industrial use, as included Department of City Planning in its Vision 2020, the Comprehensive Waterfront Action Plan for New York City.

Entrants are challenged to re-imagine the presently inactive site in order to provide a platform to discuss:

This competition will generate a wide range of ideas that may influence the City's and communities' plans for the sustainable redevelopment of the site in the near future. Prior proposals for the site generated by community groups, including Community Board 9 and WEACT, a local environmental justice advocacy organization, suggested developing the site as a community facility. We concur with these goals and propose a loosely defined program that includes two key program components; a food and nutrition education complex and a multi-modal transportation hub; which will be complemented by unique programs designed by each individual submission.

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Client
Nourishing NYC is a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) community food program that strives to achieve "nutrition for all" in New York City.

Their mission is to alleviate the strong correlation between low-income status and poor dietary health. They provide nutritious meals and nutritional educational without question and without criticism. Anyone is welcome regardless of age, sex, race, financial qualifications, or religious beliefs.

Nourishing NYC was opened in 2008 to address poor nutrition and health while addressing the issue of food scarcity and hunger large issues facing the poverty-stricken East Harlem community in New York City.

At Nourishing NYC, they strive to achieve the mission of  " Nutrition for All" through a three-pronged approach of feed, educate and advocate. They are known throughout the country for our junior chefs classes, environmental advocacy, and produce programs in supermarket deserts. Nourishing NYC's Junior Chef Program was chosen as the Post Foods National Charity of Choice. In addition, Nourishing NYC won Charity of the Year Award at the Classy Awards in 2010.

Nourishing USA launched on Sept 17th, 2011. Nourishing USA was created in response to the hundreds of requests that were received by Nourishing NYC  in regards to creating  similar community food program in various cites throughout America.

Nourishing USA's mission is to help communities throughout America alleviate the strong correlation between low-income status and poor dietary health. They provide Hunger Advocacy Kits which take community groups, step-by-step, through the process of providing nutritious meals within their own communities. Anyone is welcome regardless of age, gender, race, financial qualifications, or religious beliefs.

They encourage volunteer community advocates across the country to order a Hunger Advocacy Kit and start their own Nourishing food program, by Growing, Gathering, and Giving. With a wide spread network of volunteers and community advocates all across the nation, we can be Americans Nourishing Americans.

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ENYA Biennial Design Ideas Competition Program
The ENYA Biennial Design Ideas Competition Program endeavors to broaden the scope of architectural discourse by posing a design challenge grounded in the context of New York City and encouraging both local and international emerging designers to participate.

The program aims to:

ENYA Biennial Design Ideas Competition Program activities extend beyond the competition itself to include exhibitions, community workshops, and a publication.

Visit ENYA's Competition Website for more information on past competitions:

Emerging New York Architects (ENYA)
It is the goal of the Emerging New York Architects Committee to encourage membership, participation, and leadership in the AIANY Chapter among intern architects, young architects (licensed 10 years or less), and emerging professionals in the fields of design and construction. The committee engages NYC's diverse emerging design professionals through lectures, design competitions, and networking opportunities, with a focus on Professional Development, Design Excellence, and Public Outreach.

AIA New York Chapter
Founded in 1857, the AIA New York Chapter is the oldest and largest chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The Chapter's members include over 4,400 practicing architects, allied professionals, students, and public members interested in architecture and design. The AIA New York Chapter is dedicated to three goals: design excellence, public outreach, and professional development.

Center for Architecture
The Center for Architecture is a destination for all interested in the built environment. It is home to the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter and the Center for Architecture Foundation, vibrant nonprofit organizations that provide resources to both the public and building industry professionals. Through exhibitions, programs, and special events, the Center aims to improve the quality and sustainability of the built environment, foster exchange between the design, construction, and real estate communities, and encourage collaborations across the city and globe. As the city's leading cultural institution focusing on architecture, the Center drives positive change through the power of design.

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