I have an art object I’ve designed that would look great on the site.  
Can I submit this art object for consideration?

Yes, you may submit a previously designed object but be sure to follow submission guidelines.

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WHAT IS Urban Confluence Silicon Valley?

Urban Confluence Silicon Valley is a project of the San Jose Light Tower Corporation (SJLTC), a nonprofit organization founded in 2017 by passionate community leaders with the bold vision of creating an artistic and iconic landmark for Silicon Valley and San Jose. The founders work closely with an engaged and diverse group of professionals including an Advisory Council with 65 active participants and over 200 current contributors. They intend to donate this legendary gift to the City of San Jose. The Open International Design Competition is now accepting submissions.

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WHO WILL DESIGN THIS PROJECT?

The International Open Ideas Competition is now accepting submissions. The Competition is open to students, artists, architects, landscape architects, urban planners, engineers, designers, place-makers, and creative individuals and teams everywhere.

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WHAT IS THE JURY?

Urban Confluence Silicon Valley entries will be reviewed by a jury of local leaders and internationally recognized artists and designers.  In Phase 2, The Jury will choose three finalists (individuals or teams) who will each receive a $150,000 stipend to refine their project proposals.  The Jury will then review these three proposals and recommend a single competition winner.

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ARE THERE CONCERNS ABOUT CREATING NOISE AT THE PROJECT SITE?

Since the site is located close to the airport and Highway 87, noise levels are allowed to be significant.

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Is it a good idea to design recreational outdoor areas as part of the project?

The competition site is Arena Green at Guadalupe River Park and Gardens, a public park used year round due to the mild climate of Silicon Valley.  It is expected that successful submissions will increase activity in the park, not only during the day but also in the evening.

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Is the site willingly used by citizens as a recreation area today?

Yes. Arena Green is currently a city park open to the public, however it is underutilized. This project aims to increase activation at the site.

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Do you only want drawings of the structure(s), or do you want the inclusion of the entire space designated for the project?

Submitters should include at least one image (rendering) of the proposed structure.  Other drawings may be submitted, but please be mindful of the space available on the Design Presentation Board.  Label aspects of these drawings if necessary.  Submitters are encouraged to include ideas for the entire site as part of their “place-making" strategies.

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On the Design Presentation Board, can the area dedicated to images (renderings) include more than one image, possibly a composite?

Yes.

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Is it possible for a design team to submit more than one entry?

Yes, but each entry must have a unique email address. A complete submission for each entry must be provided.

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Should we adhere to the template design or can we move elements?

Submitters must follow the Design Presentation Board template so all required aspects of the submission are clear to The Jury. However, final presentations should best demonstrate the design intent of submitters.

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CAN YOU PLEASE EXPLAIN THE $150,000 STIPENDS? IS THIS ONLY FOR THE DESIGN TEAM OR TO PAY ADDITIONAL EXPERTS?

Please refer to page 23 of the Competition Brief.

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WILL THE THREE FINALISTS BE ALLOWED TO REFINE THEIR DESIGNS BETWEEN MARCH 2020 AND JULY 2020?

Please refer to page 23 of the Competition Brief.

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Will there be another negotiated contract with the winning designer (individual or team) from July 2020 until project completion?

Yes.

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DOES THE MAXIMUM ALLOWABLE HEIGHT INCLUDE TREES OR A ROOFTOP GARDEN?

Maximum heights vary on the site. We recommend that teams use 200 feet as a maximum height. Trees (as part of a roof deck, for example) are considered part of the total building height measurement.

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Can a structure extend over the Guadalupe River and Los Gatos Creek?  

Yes, provided it meets regulatory standards, does not impact flood protection, does not impact the riparian habitat, and is not a “lid” over the creek.  Pedestrian bridges or arches can be considered.

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Can a structure be placed over Highway 87?

No.

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Can a structure extend over city streets?

No.

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Can I submit a video?

Submitters should only submit the items requested.  Additional materials will not be accepted.

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Can my design span the East and West sides of the site?

Yes.  Submissions are allowed to include ideas for one side of the site or the entire site.

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