Thirty-five teams have signed up to compete in the South Main Design Challenge, a competition to generate ideas and solutions for seven vacant and underused spaces in South Main.
Competing teams have been assigned a location to create short-term and long-term concepts for the following spaces:
- Parking Lot on Main Street at Huling
- The former Ambassador Hotel
- Vacant space on Main Street at Talbot
- Russell Hardware Building
- Army and Navy Parks on GE Patterson
- The Buffalo Mural Lot on Main Street near Memphis College of Art
- Lyric Panel Lot on Main Street near The Arcade
The public is invited to observe as teams unveil their ideas for the spaces during the next three upcoming Trolley Tour Nights in South Main. Judges will attend each event and will award $1,000 to the overall winning concept.
Concepts for the Huling Lot and Ambassador Hotel site will be unveiled at the next Trolley Night on Feb. 22 at the American Institute of Architects, 515 S. Main St., from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Concepts for Talbot Lot and Russell Hardware will be shown on March 29 and concepts for Buffalo Mural Lot, Army/Navy Parks and the Lyric Panel Lot will be unveiled on April 26.
The South Main Design Challenge is presented and produced by the Downtown Memphis Commission and AIA Memphis.