Bike trail design contest launched by Pittsburgh chapter of American Institute of Architects

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The Pittsburgh chapter of the American Institute of Architects is challenging young designers to create amenities or places for riders and walkers along the Great Allegheny Passage within the City of Pittsburgh's geographic limits.

The Great Allegheny Passage is a 334.5-mile trail that links Pittsburgh to Cumberland, Md. It runs from the Point through Station Square and along the Monongahela River.

Entrants may or may not be licensed and may or may not be members of the AIA. Competitors should design amenities such as trailheads, overlooks, rest stops or other conceptual ideas.

This is the fourth annual Young Architects Studio Competition and is for architecture graduates who have been out of school for no more than 10 years. The competition is also open to architecture undergraduate students.

Local amateur and professional photographers are invited to submit images taken along the Great Allegheny Passage for an exhibition dedicated to the trail.

Entries will be judged by AIA Pittsburgh staff and members of the Design Pittsburgh Committee. There are no entry fees, and the photographer retains copyright for the submitted work. Selected entrants will receive complimentary admission to the AIA Pittsburgh Design Gala.

Deadline for design and photographic entries is 5 p.m. Sept. 9. Submission details can be found at Design submissions will be judged anonymously by a jury.

Awards will be presented during the 2013 Design Awards Ceremony and Gala on Oct. 24 at the Cultural Trust Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Ave., Downtown.



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