Parklet Competition

DESIGN & BUILD A PARKLET
IN Riyadh!
The Future Saudi Cities Program is organizing
a Parklet Competition for the summer of 2018 in Riyadh. This competition is part of an initiative to increase the pedestrian presence and community involvement in downtown Riyadh. In a partnership between the City, Amana, and other local organizations, it will take place as part of the 2nd`Saudi Urban Forum side event October 2018.
Participants will be expected to design parklets that are easily disassembled for relocation throughout downtown. All submitted posters will be on public display in a downtown location to be determined. Up to four submissions will be selected by a jury be built by the winning teams in one of the assigned locations, where it will be active for 1-2 months before disassembly.

We would like to invite community members, architects, landscape architects, designers, artists, and all creative minds (professionals or students) to participate in this exciting collaboration and help create a vibrant downtown Riyadh.

WHAT IS A PARKLET?
A parklet is a sidewalk extension that provides additional space and amenities to be used by the public. They typically take one or more parking spaces and are designed with the intent to provide a space for people to gather, sit, and enjoy the
city around them. Parklets can be designed as either permanent structures or temporary/seasonal arrangements that can range from tables, chairs, and benches to green spaces.
Parklets have been proven to be successful elements for promoting pedestrian presence and safety in urban environments, while helping local businesses and the community in general. The 1st parklet was designed in 2005 in San Francisco and since then many other cities such as Seattle, Portland, and Philadelphia have adopted the concept with very successful outcomes.

TIMELINE

June 2018 Competition released
10 July 2018 Deadline for questions
30 July 2018 Submitting deadline FSCP
29 August 2018 Design review completed and announcement of the Parklets selected for construction
September 2018 Targeted installation
October 2018 the 2nd`Saudi Urban Forum

GOALS

• REIMAGINE THE POTENTIAL OF CITY STREETS
• ENCOURAGE NON-MOTORIZED TRANSPORTATION
• ENCOURAGE PEDESTRIAN SAFETY & ACTIVITY
• FOSTER NEIGHBORHOOD INTERACTION SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES

THE DESIGN SHOULD:
 Fit within an imaginary cube 2.13 Meter deep x 6.1 Meter wide x 2.44 Meter high and any solid walls and/or partitions shall be no greater than 3 1⁄2 feet high
 Be ADA accessible and have a maximum 2% cross slope
 Provide adequate drainage for water that may accumulate on the parklet and maintain positive drainage in the street (along the curb)
 Floor material must be slip resistant when wet Gaps between the parklet platform and the sidewalk should be no more than 1/2”
 Leave a minimum of 1.52 Meter of sidewalk clear for circulation
 Have a railing or other barrier minimum 0.91 Meter high on the street side with adequate structural support
 Have a platform flush with the adjacent sidewalk (approx 6” tall)
 Be easy to assemble, disassemble and relocate in parts
 Have a location for an 30*45 cm sign (“open to the public” and credits: COE Parking, Designer/Builder, Contributors)
CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING:
Any materials used must be safe for use and for the environment, and locally sourced.
Have built-in seating only and no movable furniture
If an overhang is present, there must be overhead clearance of at least 84”
a visual connection must still be present from sidewalk to street
It must have adequate structural support

REQUIREMENTS:
One rigid display board (60 * 92 cm) should be delivered to FSCP located at MOMRA by 4:00pm on Wednesday Augast 15, 2018. If you wish to make arrangements to submit entries or you have questions, contact Abdulrhman.alsayel@un.org
In addition to the project boards, entrants must provide a digital file of the project board. The digital board must be in PDF format and not exceed a 10MB size. The digital board should be emailed to Abdulrhman.alsayel@un.org

SUBMISSION SHOULD INCLUDE:

 PLAN
Parklet site plan, drawn to scale, showing dimensions and the relationship to a sidewalk curb and traffic lane that responds to questions about accessibility and safety
 SKETCHES 
Additional drawings, images in 2D or 3D, or details that convey your proposal and identify materials proposed for use
 NARRATIVE
 Describe your concept as concisely as possible.
o How your parklet responds to the competition goals, including safety requirements
o Thoughts on how your project addresses: sustainability, materiality, constructability, demountability and relocation that supports information provided in the drawings
o How it impacts downtown sidewalk activity and businesses
 BUDGET
 An estimate for materials used and a project budget

CRITERIA:

 A jury of industry professionals and community leaders will evaluate submissions, based on the following criteria:
 Reflects the design intent as stated in your Parklet Narrative
 Follows the competition Design Guidelines
 Is aesthetically pleasing
 Function of the space is clear to community members
 Is safe and durable
 Creatively engages the abutting sidewalk and program of adjacent business or pop-up retail
 Includes a realistic budget to fabricate and maintain
 Creativity and quality of submission consideration will be given for innovative use of materials and sustainable design
 Plants are encouraged but watering should be considered