The Gilman Square Green Line Train Station is slated to be constructed directly to the left of the Homans Building1. The challenge is to come up with the best idea to improve the area where the Homans Building is currently located.
Check back to see who won the Green Line Challenge on January 16
The winner of the Challenge will receive 3 one-month T passes, donated by the MBTA.
The designs and ideas submitted for this challenge will not be endorsed, and are not affiliated with MassDOT, MBTA, MAPC or City of Somerville. They are for the purpose of coming up with creative solutions on how the Homans Building and the Gilman Square area might be improved.
You may submit your "idea" as a design with text supporting why your idea should be implemented. We ask that you please consider how your idea and design contributes to each of the Core Community Principles for Neighborhood Development along the Green Line Corridor - our website "Themes."Below are the steps:
Enter the address (350 Medford St, Somerville, MA) below the map or click and drag the arrow on the map on the Homans Building
Add your description - start with text: Green Line Challenge: [your title].
We recommend that you prepare your description in Microsoft Word or Google Docs, then copy & paste.
You can also email PDF files to us at email@example.com
The contest will officially open for design submissions on November 14, 2011 at 9:00 p.m. EST. Designs may be submitted until January 9, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. EST, after which new designs will not be accepted. We will calculate the ratings and announce a winner on January 16, 2012 - MLK Day.
Designs may be rated at any time during the contest time frame. To rate a design, you must be logged into the site.
We use a 5 star rating system, one vote per idea for each registered user. The total rating score is an algorithm that includes the number of votes, average rating (number of stars) and how many of the Core Community Principles your idea could potentially encompass.
You have until Sunday, January 15th 11:59 PM EST to vote. We will calculate the ratings at that time and announce the winner on January 16, 2012 - MLK Day.
Once you’ve got your ideas on paper, you are welcome to utilize digital tools to help you enhance your design further. Google Sketchup is a 3D modeling tool that is very easy to use, and free. Click the link below to download Google Sketchup.
Below is a 3D image of the Homans Building from the Google 3D Warehouse. You can create your own 3D building (at the Homans Building site) with Google Building Maker.
Google Earth can be use with Google Sketchup. It lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, and 3D buildings. Download Google Earth, search for your city and make sure the "3D Buildings" layer is turned on.
Reuse of buildings is generally a Core Principle; however, it also depends on a number of factors such as safety and economic viability. For the Challenge, based on reports there is a strong likelihood the Homans Building will be demolished for a new development - we recommend you consider this before submitting your idea and design.