Current Competition

2012: Transforming The Bridge – Now Closed

The 2012 Cleveland Design Competition is now closed. In June of 2012, professionals, students, firms and designers were invited to re-imagine the abandoned lower streetcar level of Cleveland’s Detroit-Superior Bridge as a dynamic public space, performance venue and pedestrian experience. At the beginning of 2012, a group of local designers and business leaders launched an initiative called “The Bridge Project” to raise public awareness about the potential of The Bridge and to engage the community for input on opening the lower level for public use. The Cleveland Design Competition has partnered with The Bridge Project to engage designers to propose compelling visions for the permanent use of The Bridge, public access into and passage through the lower level of The Bridge, and connectivity to surrounding neighborhoods.

While the competiton is now closed, there are a series of exhibitions taking place throughout Cleveland to exhibit as many of the submissions as possible. The first exhibition took place on October 26th, 2012. The second exhibition is currently being planned and will be taking place in the 5th Street Arcade (formerly known as the Colonial Marketplace) in Downtown Cleveland. For more information about the exhibition, please check back often!

All of the competition submissions are currently being formatted and uploaded for permanent exhibition on the Cleveland Design Competition webpage. Each submission will be able to be viewed here:


Exhibition and Awards Reception: October 26th, 2012 6:00pm-10:00pm – Photos from Event Here

5th Street Arcade Exhibition: Coming Soon – Early 2013