Sure, the public has a chance to vote for its next American idol or top supermodel, but it also has an opportunity to weigh in on headier matters, like the future of the regions only national park. The international public design competition called Envisioning Gateway is that chance. The contest is an open call for ideas to transform Gateway National Recreation Area and begin a real dialogue about its future as an iconic national park, according to the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA). Oliver Spellman, program director with competition co-sponsor the NPCA, a nonprofit organization, last week told Community Board 18 that the goal of the design contest is to raise the profile of the national park. The hope is to transform the park into a global model of public space as well as a great regional resource, the NPCA states. Along with the NPCA, the competition is sponsored by the Van Alen Institute, The Tiffany & Co. Foundation, and Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation. Its not too late to vote. Designers worldwide were invited to enter submissions, and the six finalists may be viewed and voted on at www.npca.o
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