COMPETITION UPDATE: Questions Answered

Below are the questions and answers  for the Alternative Mobilities Design Competition – This same information can also be found on our competition section.

The program says “bus stop”.  We have existing bus stops on NE 1st Ave. Or we must find information about new bus/trolley lines in future, to find right place for bus stop?

For clarification, the program is asking you to create a better bus stop for the building and/or to integrate it better than the current design.  Make something better than just a pole with a sign above it.  Put in as much care in that part of the design as you will for the entire project.

 All dimensions in drawings, documentation should be measured in inches, feet, mile, and they cannot be replaced by international metric system?

You can take the measurements provided and using a website like Google, transfer them to the metric system.

Can we use different solutions for indoor bicycle storages (for example, 2 level, etc.) in mass storage area for 300 bikes?   But, outdoor we put only small bike holders?

Yes, the building can be higher than 1 floor if you’d like.  The bike racks/corals found outside are for a small (i.e. few) quantity of bicycles, not for small bicycles.  They will not count against the 300 spaces needed for storage.

300 bicycles but only 14 smart cars?

Think of 14 as a minimum requirement.  You can have more spaces for more smart cars if you’d like. 

Re the rule that “Designs must be of original creation, and cannot be reused projects,” this does not exclude that this project also be used as a class assignment? As long as the design was created with this competition in mind, we can also turn in the project as part of a class assignment?

If you’ve already designed this building as student work, or professional work, we’d ask you to come up with something that is specific for the site and the city.  If this project is being done as part of a (let’s say) studio course at a college/university with the competition in mind and to be turned in for the competition, then yes, your project can count as double.

Can we choose a different site? Still within downtown Miami, but another, and larger, site.

No. The site was chosen due to its proximity to existing public transportation and its urban setting.  Having designers choose their own sites, although interesting, would put the jury at a disadvantage having to analyze both the site selected and the design used to answer the problem as it relates to the site.

We just noticed that the dimension 290’x65′ does not match the Google Earth pic.

If you are referring to the site given in the form of a line drawing, please make sure you are at the right scale.  In order to use the most approximate dimensions, you can double check by measuring the site off Google Earth.  25°46’35.82″N  80°11’24.58″W is the location of the site; that navigation point is in the middle.  You can use google earth to measure it as accurately as possible.


How many team members can join? How come I can’t enter all their information?

You can have as many team members as you wish. 2, 4, 10…etc.  However, if you do have a team with multiple team members, the person who registers the team should be responsible for everyone.  They will be the ones that DawnTown will notify with any information.  Please also note that if your team wins and (let’s say) you have 5 members, you will be splitting the prize amongst your teammates.  DawnTown will distribute the funds to the registering team member and it is their responsibility to divide the winnings.

Hello, I am interested in submitting a project to this competition. However, I was wondering if I would have to be an American citizen or permanent resident to apply? Thanks.

This is an international competition, all are welcome to register.  Please visit to register for the competition and to download the brief.

What about ride-sharing? Does that count as an “alternative mobility”?

Of course!  Currently we have it listed as one of the extra credit items on our program list, although we didn’t call it by name.  Please feel free to incorporate it if you wish.

Can the building be just about supplying skateboards for the populous of Miami?  Every person could own a skateboard and skate around Miami to get to different places.

Well…if you read the brief, you’ll see that there’s a lot more involved than just one form of mobility.  You can incorporate another type of mobility (skateboards) but not at the sacrifice of the rest of the competition program.

I’m participating from another country that doesn’t use dollars, can I still enter?

The PayPal system will automatically adjust currencies when you register through Eventbrite.

Are we allowed to explore other types of transportation than the ones listed in the brief? Are we able to create our own prototypes to be used in the center?

Creating your own prototype could be interesting, but remember you are being judged by how you can resolve the question found in the competition brief.  As stated before, we encourage you to be creative but not at the sacrifice of the competition program.

What do you mean by extra credit in the competition brief?

We hope that you get a chance to take on these issues, but if you don’t, they will not be held against you.  A design team could still win without addressing either one of the extra credits.

Ok, I downloaded the competition brief, now how do I get my number? Can I just make one up?

Please read the competition brief.  The page marked “7” has that answer.  You need to register on the competition registration page hosted on Eventbrite.


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