New Submittal Deadline April 3, 2020

The Submission requirements are being revised to allow more flexibility and creativity. We will now allow two boards instead of one.  In addition, other revisions to the submission requirements will allow entrants more freedom to present the attributes of their project.  All documents will be updated with the new improved submittal rules by November 20. 

San José Light Tower Corporation announces the launch of the Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Competition (The Competition), an international open ideas competition.

The Competition invites artists, architects, urban planners, landscape architects, students, designers, engineers, and anyone with a passion for place-making to submit ideas for creation of an iconic landmark project to enhance community life in San José, California, the largest city in Silicon Valley.

BEFORE YOU APPLY: All applicants will need to create a Submittable account. This account will allow you to save/review your work before submitting. For help in creating an account, visit Submittable's Help article How Do I Submit?

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DEADLINE: Submission deadline is April 3, 2020 at 1:00 PM PST. Late submissions will not be accepted.

ABOUT OUR JURY:  A highly qualified independent jury of 11 will select three finalists (individuals or teams) from the open competition in Phase 1.  In Phase 2, the three finalists (individuals or teams) will each receive a $150,000 stipend to refine their project proposals.  At the end of Phase 2, The Jury will select a single winner of the competition.

ABOUT SJLTC: The Competition is managed by San Jose Light Tower Corporation, a not-for-profit corporation led by residents of San José and other Silicon Valley cities who are passionate about downtown San José and the role that design can play in building community. Through exceptional fundraising efforts and relationship building, this group has developed a strong working partnership with local government and philanthropy. 

New Submittal Deadline April 3, 2020

Welcome to Urban Confluence Silicon Valley, an open ideas competition to select a spectacular design for a global iconic landmark in the world’s epicenter of innovation.

Before beginning this application, please review the Competition Brief, which includes design objectives, considerations and limitations, as well as eligibility and evaluation criteria. Submitters should also review Resources, which includes maps and other important information about the site.

Submission deadline is April 3, 2020 at 1:00 PM PST. Late submissions will not be accepted. 

See Competition Brief for a full list of requirements.  Entrants should note that submissions must include both images and a narrative, written in English. The online registration process limits entrants to one submission per email address.


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Urban Confluence Silicon Valley Competition