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IDI seeks ideas for Monument Circle

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They don’t call us the Circle City for nothing. Monument Circle is situated in the heart of downtown Indy, and it literally and metaphorically forms the center of our city. And so, Indianapolis Downtown Inc. (IDI) launched the Monument Circle Idea Competition on March 7, and submissions are due by April 15.

In May, the ideas submitted will be judged and prizes will be given out for first, second and third place. In addition, a People’s Choice Award will be made at the conclusion of the public display, June 17-26.

Julia Watson, Vice President of Marketing and Communications of IDI, said she anticipated participation in the competition from the general public as well as professionals such as architects.

"Team up with somebody," said Watson. "Team up with an architect or an illustrator."

Judges have five points to consider: significance, welcoming, engaging, aspirational and actionable and, finally, sustainable. They will judge whether your idea fits the majesty of the space, is pedestrian friendly and is realistically achievable.

These ideas may not be fully realized within the circle but the competition will encourage future collaborators to apply certain ideas and prepare for future planning.

All entries entail a 50 word brief, a 500 word write up and a $30 entry fee. To learn more, go here.

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