Lester Park Design Competition
The results of the Lester Park design competition have been announced, and the winner is… “Community Tapestry” by Io Design Collaborative’s own Shalae Larsen with team members Jake Alex McIntire and James Argo!
The competition was put on by the Utah Chapter of the American Institute of Architects Young Architects’ Forum and Urban Design Committee. Many hours of volunteer work went into hosting public open houses to gather citizen input, organizing the background documentation, and writing the competition brief. Ultimately 12 entries were submitted, of which 3 were selected by a professional jury. The three finalists were then displayed at the Weber County Main Library and community members had the opportunity to vote for their favorite during the month of September.
Our design “Community Tapestry” is the embodiment of Io’s design philosophy of weaving culture, nature and place to create a truly meaningful and sustainable park! As a local design team we had a unique understanding of the site and its historical, social, and ecological context – a familiarity that allowed our design to grow from a simple Ogden railyard diagram into a vibrant and inclusive series of spaces for individuals, families, and community to enjoy.
We are truly honored and excited that our proposal was selected by the jury, and ultimately by the citizens of Ogden as their park! If given the opportunity we would love to work through the many design details of the park, and continue to evolve the design to incorporate some of the great comments received during the voting process!
If you’d like to learn more, you can visit our portfolio page for Lester Park.