City hosts kiosk design contest |

City hosts kiosk design contest

Amanda Hammon

Break out those drawing pencils. Fire up your creative juices.

You could win $500 if your design for an informatio kiosk impresses a panel of Carson City judges.

The Carson City Redevelopment Authority Citizens’ Committee is asking Carson residents to design an information kiosk aimed at presenting the community to downtown visitors. The committee is dangling six prizes ranging from $50 honorable mentions to the $500 first prize to encourage people to participate in the contest.

“There are a lot of really creative people in this community, and we’re going to put them to work on another project,” said Supervisor Robin Williamson, chairwoman of the Redevelopment Authority. “We want something that has a local, historic reference. It’s an opportunity to showcase the talent we have. Hopefully, people will get excited about this contest and join in.”

Kiosks are used to help visitors familiarize themselves with an area. Williams said the redevelopment committee has kicked around the kiosk idea for a while. Some downtown business owners lamented that people couldn’t find them in their locations just off Curry Street, and kiosks are seen as a way to mitigate that problem. People could find maps of local services, museums and shopping from a well-designed kiosk. Several sites are being considered for downtown kiosks, the first at the west side intersection of Carson and Telegraph streets.

“If you’ve ever traveled in a strange town or country and don’t have any idea what’s available, or you don’t have a clue of what to do in the immediate neighborhood, it’s a real blessing,” said Peter J. Smith, a member of Carson’s Historic Architecture Review Committee. “Like when you’re in Paris and you come out of the subway, there’s a blown-up map to help orient you.”

You needn’t be a design professional to participate. The contest is open to any Carson City resident of any age. The design should include the following:

– Historic reference. Williamson said designs should include elements of “something that would make you know you’re in Carson City,” something you can’t find elsewhere.

– Be highly visible and attractive.

– Easy to construct and dismount. The design should be self-sufficient. For example, if you design would need moving parts, take into account how that would be powered.

– It can’t take up more than 5 feet by 5 feet of sidewalk space.

– It must have appropriate surfaces for signs and information displays.

– Incorporates readily available materials, “We don’t want Italian granite slabs,” Williams joked.

– Costs about $3,000.

Williamson said people can turn in anything from drawings to models. However, entries are limited to one 24-inch-by-36 inch presentation board and an optional scale model where one-half inch equals one foot.

The redevelopment authority will have the design professionally engineered, the committee is just looking for a good idea to become a good design.

Designs must be turned in to Carson City Hall, 201 N. Carson St., by March 15 at 4 p.m. A panel of seven judges from various city committees, including HARC and the redevelopment committee, businesses and other art representatives will judge the entries March 22. Prizes will be awarded March 23.


What: The Carson City Redevelopment Authority Kiosk Design Competition. A $500 first prize is offered for the best design of a downtown informational kiosk.

When: deadline for entries is 4:30 p.m., March 15.

Who: the contest is open to anyone willing to pick up a pencil and draw.

For information, call Robin Williamson at 887-2100.

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