Reimagining the DL&W Corridor: International Design Ideas Competition FREE ARCHITECTURE COMPETITION

Register February 15, 2019 | Submit February 15, 2019 | Free Architecture Competitions



Reimagining the DL&W Corridor:
International Design Ideas Competition



The Western New York Land Conservancy invites designers, architects, landscape architects, urban planners, and artists to submit visionary concepts to a juried competition laying the groundwork to transform the abandoned, 1.5-mile elevated DL&W rail corridor connecting Buffalo’s downtown with its waterfront through three distinct and historic neighborhoods.

This Design Ideas Competition is the next step in reimagining the DL&W corridor, following the work of community leaders, residents, planners, and advocates who have championed the potential of this site for years.

The new nature trail and greenway will be an inspiring community gathering place alive with the history and voice of the surrounding neighborhoods. More than just a trail, the reimagined rail corridor will be a vibrant, safe, and welcoming space for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds to connect with each other, with nature, and with the waterfront, throughout the year. The nature trail and greenway will be the focal point of a revitalized community and a restored ecosystem.

Participants must register to enter the competition. Registration is free. Detailed information regarding the project site and background is available for registered participants. Teams should register using the instructions at the bottom of this page.

Monetary awards are available for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in the juried competition and will be judged anonymously. An award will also be given to the community choice, selected with resident input.



  • November 16, 2018: Design Ideas Competition launch.
  • January 4, 2019: Optional site visit for applicants.
  • January 11, 2019: Deadline for questions from applicants. All questions will be answered and posted in writing to the Supporting Materials and Data site.
  • February 15, 2019: Deadline for submissions (5:00 p.m. EST)
  • March 2019: Public exhibition and selection of winners



The competition jury will select the top submissions and award three prizes. The community will also have the opportunity to vote for a “Community Choice” award.
First Place: $7,500
Community Choice Award: $3,000
Second Place: $3,000
Third Place: $1,000






Charles Davis II, Assistant Professor of Architectural History and Criticism, University at Buffalo
Ken Greenberg, Principal of Greenberg Consultants/ author of Walking Home – the life and lessons of a city builder
Sara Heidinger, President of the Old First Ward Community Association/ co-owner Undergrounds Coffee House & Roastery
Chris Reed, Founding Director of Stoss Landscape Urbanism/ Professor in Practice of Landscape Architecture and Co-Director of the Master of Landscape Architecture in Urban Design Program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Robert Shibley, Professor and Dean of the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning/ UB Campus Architect/ Senior Fellow at the UB Regional Institute
Janne Sirén, Director of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Ana Traverso-Krejcarek, Manager of the High Line Network, at Friends of the High Line







For more information about this competition, please contact us.