Waterside Competition Aims to Grow Design Conversation

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The Waterside project aims to transform 100-acres of the former GM Stamping Plant site. (photo courtesy of Ambrose Property Group) The Waterside project aims to transform 100-acres of the former GM Stamping Plant site. (photo courtesy of Ambrose Property Group)
INDIANAPOLIS -

One of the organizers of the Waterside Design Competition in Indianapolis says the goal is to elevate the conversation about design in Indy. The finalists in the competition to design key components of the $1.4 billion Waterside mixed-use development project in downtown Indianapolis completed site visits this week after giving initial presentations to the public. The three finalists were selected by developer Ambrose Property Group, Exhibit Columbus and the Central Indiana Community Foundation.

In an interview with Inside INdiana Business Reporter Mary-Rachel Redman, Richard McCoy from Exhibit Columbus talked about the expectations of the finalists.

"What we're looking for in these early designs and this first project is aspiration and vision, something that shows a future that's equitable and just and one that invites new folks to come to this area that extends downtown Indianapolis across the White River where new possibilities are just emerging," said McCoy. "When we were thinking about this competition, we actually started with the first people that lived in Indianapolis. We tried to think about that site through its history and evolution from Washington Street and going over into it becoming a place that a lot of manufacturing took place. What's left today on that site is the reminder of the past, is something to unlock new ideas."

McCoy says the finalists, Hood Design Studio, SCAPE and Snøhetta, will return home and spend the next few months finalizing their designs. They will return to Indy in October to present their design concepts to the public at the Central Library. A jury will select the winner of the competition that day.

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