Architecture for Humanity Chicago has announced the finalists for its newStand competition, intended, according to the competition brief, to address "the daily interaction between reader and news vendor" as part of the dynamic of a healthy urban streetscape. It directs that competition entrants address "a) the decline of print media; b) the positive effects of community business; and c) small scale architectural impact on the streetscape." The jury included Patricia Saldana Natke of Urban Works, Ltd., Henry L. English of the Black United Fund of Illinois, and architect Brad Lynch of Brininstool & Lynch.
But although the list of names appears on their website, Architecture for Humanity Chicago is not making it easy to view the designs, themselves. The email announcement included only the generic image to the left; no other images were attached. There are also no other images on the organization's website, which states only that "A sampling of all entries will be exhibited at an upcoming AFH event on April 21st at Salvage One in Chicago." Tickets for that event, hosted by Civic Blueprint, are $75.00 in advance, and are not available to those under 21, thereby locking out most students both by age and by cost.
Since this is AfHChicago's first competition, maybe we should cut them some slack, but the way they've handled it is sorely wanting. By inferring that the only way to see the entries is to cough up nearly a hundred bucks per person makes newStand appear to be less about promoting superior architecture than serving as a sideshow in a fundraising campaign.