The developer behind the Texas bullet train announced Thursday that architecture students from universities across Texas are in a competition to design the passenger stations.
Texas Central, a private sector-led group, is developing Texas' high-speed railway between North Texas and Houston.
“Students like these are early adopters, driving demand for travel options like the Texas bullet train. We can’t wait to see the proposals they put together, with a vision for the station of the future,” said Holly Reed, managing director, external affairs, for Texas Central.
The students were asked to provide their design proposals by October 31st. They must include:
-A vision statement
-Station concepts, with considerations for programming, urban connectivity, use of local materials, environmental sustainability and customer focus.
·Maximum of three presentations 24” x 36” posters expressing the students’ vision.
·Five to 10 conceptual design drawings.
The Texas Central Student Design Competition Committee and its judges will evaluate the students’ entries, based on their creativity in vision, technical accuracy, quality of submittal materials and overall presentation.
This is the list of universities included in the competition:
· Texas A&M
· Prairie View A&M
· University of Texas at San Antonio
· University of Texas at Arlington
· University of Texas
· Texas Tech University
· University of Houston
· Rice University
All competition documents are available online.
Finalists will be announced Nov. 7, and the finalist teams then will have two weeks to refine their original proposal and prepare a 20-minute in-person presentation for judges.
"We are honored to be working with Texas Central to provide our students with a unique, hands-on opportunity to contribute to a real-world transportation solution, said April Ward, professor of architecture at Prairie View A&M University, one of the participating universities. “Our student teams are excited to submit their designs after having researched and created their proposals from the concepts of sustainability, innovation and biomimicry.”
Winners of the competition will be announced on Nov. 21 for the three different categories:
· Bullet Train Station Architecture Design
· Urban Design
· Sustainable Design
Each of the winning teams will receive $5,000 for their school and $2,000 to be split among team members. They also will be recognized in print and on social media.