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Strip mall parking lot

The name Cascadia calls to mind forests, mountains, water, vast open spaces, cities and towns and diverse cultural landscapes. But the daily reality for most of us is somewhat different. Yes, there are forests, waterways, urban centers and varied neighborhoods in the region, but there are also miles and miles of very similar commercial strip development, connecting towns along highways and hugging urban edges.

Strips fulfill necessary commercial functions; we all rely on them to some extent and they are where many small businesses begin and thrive. Yet, many people will agree that strips leave something to be desired in function and aesthetics. Furthermore, commercial strips in this region also aren’t much different physically and visually than their counterparts elsewhere in the country.

Challenge Statement

How should commercial strip developments in the region evolve?

How can such developments also adapt to emerging energy, climate, economic, demographic and cultural trends?

What might the strip look like in the foreseeable future? Strip development is already changing in response to economic trends favouring online retail, not to mention the pandemic.

Finally, what might make commercial strips more uniquely Cascadian?

Submittal Formats

You may submit 2 files and a short description using the form below. The first can be a document, such as a .docx, .xlsx, .ppt or .pdf file. The second can be an image file of no more than 15MB. If you wish to submit video or audio please provide links to these files in the text box of your submittal, along with any summary description.

Eligibility

You don’t need to be a professional designer or real estate professional to enter. The competition is open for everyone’s ideas. Entries needn’t be drawings but if written or other media should be concise and entertaining for non specialist readers.

You may submit only one entry for each competition

Open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only.

Awards

First Prize: $2500

Second Prize: $1500

Third Prize: $1000

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