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Monument Circle Idea Competition Judges’ Choice revealed

A six-judge panel has chosen the People’s Choice public exhibit, “From Inertia to Inner Circle” as the winner of the Monument Circle Idea Competition.

The winning entry was submitted by Jean-Baptiste Cuelle and Francois David of Paris, France. Their entry used grass, trees, and water alongside outdoor cafes and comfortable seating to create a relaxed atmosphere around the circle. They won $5,000 for their efforts.

Second place ($2,000) went to some local designers at the Urban Design Studio of Ratio Architects. Tom Gallagher, Ben Ross and Brian Staresnick’s entry, “Re:  Centering Indianapolis,” chose to use many small ideas to create their space.Monument Circle in Indianapolis

And three architects from my old hometown, Muncie, took third place (and $1,000) with”Nexus:  Indianapolis” as they integrated Monument Circle with the surrounding neighborhoods and key landmarks.  Brian Hollars, Lohren Deeg and Kerry LaPrees all work for Studio Three Architects.

The top 12 entries, including the Judges’ Choice awards, are now displayed on Monument Circle from June 15 – 26, 2011.  The public is invited to view the exhibit and text to vote for their favorite entry.  The top vote earner will be awarded the People’s Choice award of $1,000 to be announced June 28.

To vote, either visit Monument Circle, or log on to to see the top 12 entries. Follow the directions to vote, and cast your vote before midnight on June 26.

The exhibit is also showing some of the “Key Themes” that emerged from the entrants to the contest, as well as the judges, stakeholders, and the community. Some of these themes include dining and shopping, entertainment and engagement, natural and comfortable features and a focus on the people.

Photo credit: Intiaz Rahim (Flickr)

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