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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Bicentennial House design competition deadline extended until August 1

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In celebration of New Harmony's 200th birthday in 2014, the University of Southern Indiana's Historic New Harmony and New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art are sponsoring the Bicentennial House Design Competition. Individuals or teams are invited to submit designs based on traditional Harmonist construction with an emphasis on sustainable, energy efficient, and affordable housing.

The registration deadline for the competition has been extended to August 1, 2011.

Jurors for the competition include Bernhard Karpf, associate partner in the New York-based firm of Richard Meier & Partners (designer of New Harmony's Atheneum) and Charles Durrett, co-owner of The CoHousing Company, who, along with his wife Kathryn McCamant, introduced the concept of cohousing to the U.S. with their book Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves.

Winners from the first round will be exhibited at the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art and the top three finalists will be chosen by public vote. The first place winner will receive a prize of $2,000, second place $1,000, and third place $500.

The winning design will become the property of the town of New Harmony and will be given free of charge to anyone seeking to build within the town limits or immediate environs.

"The concept of designing the ideal community is what makes New Harmony world famous, so it's fitting that one of the activities to celebrate its bicentennial would engage the town plan," said Connie Weinzapfel, director of Historic New Harmony. "New Harmony is a designated National Planning Landmark, so any new construction has the ability to add to the landscape. This project will offer an affordable, green home plan free of charge to anyone interested in building in New Harmony."

All applicants must register by August 1, 2011, to be eligible for the Bicentennial House Competition. The registration fee is $50 and must be submitted with the registration form.

The Bicentennial House Design Competition is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, go to www.usi.edu/hnh/bicentennialhouse.php.



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