Box 6, Folder 10, Document 65

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A city must be a community where our
lives are enriched. It must be a place where
every man can satisfy his highest aspira-
tion. It must be an instrument to advance
the hopes of all its citizens. That is what we
want our cities to be. And that is what we
have set out to make them.

Lyndon B. Johnson

The modern city by the volume and rapidity
of the movements of its people and goods
can in large part grow or atrophy depending
on the efficacy of its transportation sys-
tems. A transit system has to be more than
vehicles and tracks. There are also social
and political dimensions. A forward looking
transportation system can inject new eco-
nomic vitality into a failing and deteriorating
isolated area. It can be the means of direct-
ing and encouraging new and untapped
areas of metropolitan growth. In short, it
can give the city a new image for urban
Robert C. Weaver

U.S. Department of Housing and
Urban Development

The Federal Government has a responsibility
to make clear the positive potentials of well
designed transit for meeting the needs of
our urban people. There is a national need
for a stronger concern with the urban
design features in urban transportation
development. For much of the future of the
quality of urban life hinges upon transit
development. Design components in public
transit play an extremely important role —
not only in shaping our cities—but in
making them more attractive and stimu-
lating places in which to live and work.
Charles M. Haar

Assistant Secretary for

Metropolitan Development

U.S. Department of Housing and
Urban Development

The life blood of the city is carried through
the arteries of public mass transportation.
Indeed, public transportation can be the
most important single force in shaping the
development of the Nation’s metropolitan
areas. We think it is exciting to be tackling
such a huge and complex problem; for the
goal we have in mind is a most important
urban design goal—that of meeting the
human needs of urban life.
Leo J. Cusick
Director, Urban Transportation

U.S. Department of Housing and
Urban Development


The 1968 Design Awards Program in Urban
Transportation is initiated by the U.S. De-
partment of Housing and Urban Develop-
ment to recognize superior design in public
transportation. Awards will be made for
winning entries in two categories: systems
or major portions of systems, and com-
ponents such as stations, vehicles, and

Judging will consider how design is related
to comprehensive planning and the contribu-
tion of the entry to the physical, economic,
social, and aesthetic development of the
metropolitan area, the central city and the

Announced at the HUD-sponsored Design in
Urban Transportation Conference on May 22,
1967, this program will stimulate awareness
of the affirmative role of good design. It will
encourage active exchange of new ideas and
broader concepts in urban transit develop-


Public agencies which have received finan-
cial assistance from HUD’s urban mass
transportation programs are eligible to sub-
mit one or more entries. The entry itself
need not have received HUD assistance.
Total systems or major segments thereof,
and individual items (including rolling
stock, stations, rights-of-way) may be
entered. Eligible projects include those
completed after World War Il, or planned
by January 1, 1968.

form and
method of entry

Mail entries to:
‘68 Design Awards Program in
Urban Transportation
Department of Housing and
Urban Development
1626 K Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20410
Insert all material in a standard Ful-Vu
Economy Binder containing ten 9” x 11”
transparent Mica-film window sleeves for
displaying up to 20 inserts, back to back.
More than one binder may be used. The
identification sheet should be completed
and inserted in the first transparent window
of the entry binder. Category must be

specitied as:

System Design (Completed project or plan)
liem Design (Completed project or plan)

The entry will consist of a descriptive
statement, supplemented by such photo-
graphs and plans as are necessary to fully
evaluate the project.

Photographs must be 8” x 10”, glossy
finish, and reproducible. They may be in
color or black and white. Photographs
should completely convey the qualities of
the design.

Plans should be folded to 84” x 11” size.
They may be in any medium. Scales must
be shown graphically.

Descriptive data must be limited to five
typed pages, 842” x 11”, and be inserted in
the entry binder. The statement should in-
clude all information relevant to the evalua-
tion of the project. The following factors
will be among those considered in judging

system design

1. System impact on immediate environ-
ment (right-of-way):

Urban development patterns (contribu-
tion to future community develop-
ment, control of factors disruptive
to neighborhood stability, preserva-
tion of historic sites and open
space, urban design considerations).

User needs (attention to scheduling,
travel time, accessibility, orienta-
tion, comfort, safety).

Comprehensive traffic flow (effect on
congestion at collector stops, dis-
tributor stops, along right-of-way;
ease of transfer among modes).

Efficiency (social, environmental, eco-
nomic costs and benefits in meeting
transportation needs).

2. System impact on total environment:

Urban development patterns (strength-
ening of business districts, promo-
tion of group interaction, respon-
siveness to changing area needs,
urban design considerations).

User needs (service for those without
autos; access to hospitals, schools,
employment centers, etc.).

Comprehensive traffic flow (interfaces
between transit, auto, etc.).

Efficiency (social, environmental, eco-
nomic costs and benefits in meeting
transportation needs).

item design

1. Rolling stock (buses, rail transit cars,

Planning (inherent design features,
attractive display of signs and in-
formation, lighting, noise, ability to
see outside, innovation in color and
design of equipment),

Safety (incidence of property damage,

personal injury, fatal accident).
Comfort and convenience (temperature
and circulation, seat size and leg
room, ease of boarding and alight-
ing, provisions for handicapped).
Economy and efficiency (present con-
dition of equipment, freedom from
breakdown, cost of operation and
maintenance, flexibility — adjust-
_ ment to peak and nonpeak periods).

2. Right-of-Way:

Planning (inherent design features;
signs; landscaping; compatability
with adjacent development, includ-
ing other rights-of-way).


Economy and efficiency (cost of con-
struction — use of materials, main-
tenance, durability).

3. Stations:
a. Building:

Planning (inherent design features,
aesthetic and functional consist-
ency with adjacent development,
access to other transportation

Safety (police protection, areas hid-
den from view, adequate lighting).

Comfort and convenience (cleanli-
ness, stairs-escalator, capacity,
seating, weather exposure, heat-
ing, facilities for handicapped,
attractive display of route and
scheduling information, covered
and heated walkways).

Efficiency (construction, maintenance,

b. Site Area:

Planning (inherent design features,
landscaping, aesthetic and func-
tional consistency with adjacent

land use, accessibility from road-
ways; separate access routes and
facilities for feeder bus, park and
ride, automobile drop-off, pedes-
trian access).

Convenience (sheltered waiting area,
protected walkways leading to


Efficiency (construction, maintenance,

jury and judging

Entries will be judged on the basis of aes-
thetic and functional design of the project
with consideration given to both current
and future impact. System Design will be
evaluated in terms of impact on the imme-
diate environment -and total. environment
over a fifty year period. Item Design will be
judged with particular reference to user and
community benefits. The time frame for
performance will be 10 years for bus, 30
years for rail transit car, 50 to 100 years for
buildings and rights-of-way.

A jury including distinguished persons in
the fields of planning, architecture, engi-
neering, sociology, and graphics will be ap-
pointed to evaluate entries and recommend
awards to the Secretary. Ralph J. Warburton,
A.I.A., Associate A.I.P., Special Assistant to
the Secretary for Urban Design, will serve
as Professional Advisor.


A limited number of Honor Awards will be
given, and in addition several Merit Awards
will be made. Award categories are System

Design and Item Design. Suitable certifi-
cates will be presented by the Secretary to
each entry receiving an award. The certi-
ficate will include the names and affiliations
of all those participating in the project


The Department plans to prepare brochures
and other printed materials describing the
program and award winning projects. There-
fore, all material submitted for award must
be cleared for release upon submission by
the entrant. No responsibility will be as-
sumed for copyrights or photographic fees.
All photographs and material submitted with
entries will become the property of HUD,
and will be actively used in program devel-
opment efforts.

time schedule

Entries must be received no later than
January 15, 1968.

Judging will take place in February 1968.
The date of the Awards Ceremony will be

for more information

Additional information may be obtained by
writing to:

Mr. Robert H. McManus, Chairntan ~
Committee on Design Awards in~

Urban Transportation

Department of Housing and

Urban Development

1626 K Street, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20410

or phoning: 202 — 382-5374.

MT MP-59

check list

The following list is provided as an aid in the proper
preparation of submission. Full instructions on the
preparation of the items noted will be found in your
program announcement.

(_] Remove all white sheets between (not within) trans-
parent window sleeves.


C] Information is-complete.

(] Information is accurate as to credits, spelling and

(J Insert in first window sleeve, facing front cover.

Descriptive Data:

(-] Type. Insert in binder, beginning with second window

Photographs — 8” x 10” — Glossy:

(] Do not glue, tape, or otherwise adhere photographs
to any backing within window sleeves.

(] All photographs and plans are cleared for publica-

(_] At least one photograph is reproducible.

Horizontal photos —

(J All such photos are to be placed in window
sleeves so that the bottom of the photo is
parallel with the right edge. (In relation to the
inside back cover).

(_] No transparencies are included.


(_] Folded to 842” x 11” size.


(J Allow sufficient time to reach the Department by
January 15, 1968.

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Date Completed

Entry Submitted By:

Washington, D.C. 20410

Authorized Representative

Name of Agency

Phone Number



Please submit the following information as necessary:





Transit Operator




Urban Designer



Graphics Designer



Transit Consultant







Urban Planner



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