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urbanSHED Competition

The urbanSHED International Design Competition challenged competitors to re-think the current sidewalk shed - while meeting or surpassing today’s safety, sustainability and viability requirements. They also had to comply with all applicable laws, including Chapter 33 of the New York City Building Code. In addition, the winning design had to be a clear, inventive and compelling shed concept that satisfies the needs mentioned above for a contemporary sidewalk shed design.

The winning design was, “Urban Umbrella,” created by Andres Cortes, RA; Sarrah Khan, PE; and Young-Hwan Choi. Click on the link below to view the design.

The urbanSHED Jury was comprised of nine highly respected and world-renowned architects, engineers and civic decision-makers:

Jury Members

Robert D. LiMandri
Commissioner, NYC Department of Buildings

Amanda M. Burden, FAICP
Director, NYC Department of City Planning

Janette Sadik-Khan
Commissioner, NYC Department of Transportation

David M. Childs, FAIA
Consulting Partner, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill

Craig Dykers, AIA MNAL
Director, SnØhetta

Jean Oei
Project Designer, Morphosis

Craig Michael Schwitter, P.E.
Partner and Regional Director, Buro Happold North America

Frank Sciame
New York Building Congress

Ada Tolla
Principal, LOT-EK

Competition Advisor

Susanna Sirefman
Dovetail Design Strategists, LLC

For more information on the Urban Umbrella or the urbanSHED International Design Competition, contact