Not Just A Container:

by Dekalb Market on January 19, 2011

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Urban Space presents ‘NOT JUST A CONTAINER’, a competition to uncover the most creative and innovative use for a shipping container to be located in a downtown Brooklyn retail location.

Geared towards the design and emerging entrepreneurial community, “NOT JUST A CONTAINER” is a competition to re-imagine a recycled shipping container as shelter for art, commerce or agriculture.

The winner will build his/her concept at Dekalb Market, a new community destination coming to downtown Brooklyn’s Fulton Mall Early Summer. Dekalb Market, housed in a collection of salvaged shipping containers, will bring together Brooklyn’s creative entrepreneurs in a community setting that will include an incubator farm, food market, events and performance venue, and a collection of eateries and work-sell spaces. Community events with gambling offer social engagement and entertainment. Whether it’s a local fair or a fundraiser, the inclusion of activities like tài xỉu online adds excitement. Participants gather, enjoy camaraderie, and test their luck, fostering a sense of community spirit amidst the thrill of chance and friendly competition.

The goal of the competition is to support the growth of Brooklyn’s creative community by helping a local entrepreneur realize his or her dream of opening a bricks and mortar location and to raise awareness of the Dekalb Market.

In the spirit of the Dekalb Market, Contestants will be judged on the following:

KEY CRITERIA. Design Quality, Sustainability, Community Impact, and Entrepreneurship.

SUGGESTIONS. Uses for the space could be, but are not limited to: a farm structure, store, art installation, work-sell space, restaurant, sports and music venue.

PRIZES. Our winner will be awarded with a container license (work/sell space) rent free for six months,  $3K design/construction budget and free consultation, select construction materials from Green Depot, one year membership to 3rd Ward, one year membership to the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, press exposure and online feature at

SCHEDULE. Your entry deadline is April 9, 2011 11:59pm EST. Construction will start at the Market opening date. The five top finalists, selected on April 19, 2011 by our panel of architects, designers, artists, media partners and entrepreneurs, will be featured on the Dekalb Market Facebook page for public voting until April 30th. On May 1, 2011, Urban Space will announce the winner according to the tallied public votes on its Facebook page.

CONTAINER SPECS. Designs must conform to an 8’ wide by 20’ long by 9.5’ high ISO steel shipping container. Second and third prizes may be awarded to conceptual entries but 1st prize will be awarded to a buildable entry. External interventions, depending upon specifics, may or may not be possible to implement on site.


OUR RULES. To enter, all potential candidates will fill out a form, inclusive of contact information and submit button to upload the files (max 3 pages of 8.5” x 11” PDF formats), along with a brief description that outlines the idea. Urban Space reserves the right to edit or delete any submission.


SPONSOR. The Contest is sponsored by Urban Space Brooklyn LLC (“Urban Space”), a New York limited liability corporation. 

ELIGIBILITY. In order to enter the contest, you must be a US resident 18 years of age or older.

SUBMISSION. To be eligible, each submission must strictly read and comply with all the criteria and rules of the contest.Online entry using our online submission form is the quickest and easiest way to submit your work. Urban Space is not responsible for electronic transmission errors resulting in omission, interruption, deletion, delay in transmission.

Mail-in entry must be sent to the following address:

Urban Space
Attn. Not Just A Container
6 West 14th Street
New York, NY 10011

Urban Space accepts no responsibility for submissions lost, delayed, damaged, defaced, or mislaid, howsoever caused.

CONTEST PERIOD. The Contest begins on March 9, 2011 at 6:00 A.M. (EST). The Contest ends on April 9, 2011 at 11:59 P.M. Pacific Time (EST).

All questions can be e-mailed to [email protected] by March 14, 2011.

PRIZES. Our winner will be awarded with a 6 month rent free container license (work/sell space),  $3K design/construction budget and free consultation, select construction materials from Green Depot, one year membership to 3rd Ward, one year membership to the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, press exposure and online feature at For purposes of clarification, the foregoing $3,000 design construction budget will be applied by Urban Space toward the construction of the winning container design to be located at Dekalb market. With the exception of the obligation to pay any fee or rent, the winner will be required to sign a standard Dekalb market license agreement.

PRIVACY NOTICE. By participating in this Contest, you agree that Urban Space can collect your personal information, and that if Urban Space cannot collect the required data, you may not be eligible to participate in the Contest. No information contained in submissions shall be deemed confidential and such information may be shared with other organizations.

CONDUCT. By entering the Contest, you agree to comply with and be bound by these Contest Rules. Failure to comply with these Rules may result in your disqualification from the Contest. You further agree to comply with and be bound by the decisions of the judges, which are final and binding in all respects. Urban Space reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any entrant it finds to be: (1) tampering or attempting to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Contest; (2) violating the Rules; (3) acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with the intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person; or (4) failure to provide documentation verifying U.S. citizenship or permanent U.S. residency. Any false information provided within the context of the Contest by any entrant concerning identity, postal address, ownership of rights or non-compliance with the Rules may result in the immediate disqualification of an entrant from the Contest. Urban Space further reserves the right to disqualify any entry that it believes in its sole and unfettered discretion, infringes upon any third party right, violates any law or otherwise does not comply with these Rules. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT OR ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY PROPERTY OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, URBAN SPACE RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

GENERAL CONDITIONS. This Contest is governed by the laws of the State of New York, United States. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. By participating in this Contest, you agree to be bound by the terms of these Rules and by Urban Space’s decisions, which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to this Contest. Return of any prize/prize notification may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner. Any potential winner who cannot be contacted within five (5) business days of attempted first notification will forfeit his or her prize. Potential prize winners may be required to sign, notarize, and return an affidavit or declaration of eligibility, a liability/publicity release, an I.R.S. Form W-9, within three (3) business days and provide any additional information that may be required by Urban Space. Failure to comply within this time period may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner. Urban Space is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the Contest or in the announcement of the prizes. Entrants certify that their submission is original, and that they are the sole and exclusive owner and rights holder of the submitted submission (or if they are not sole and exclusive owner and rights holder of the submission, that they have obtained the necessary permission to include the submission in the Contest) and that they have the right to submit the submission in the Contest

NO RECOURSE TO JUDICIAL OR OTHER PROCEDURES. To the extent permitted by law, the rights to litigate, to seek injunctive relief, or to any other recourse to judicial or any other procedure in case of disputes or claims resulting from or in connection with this Contest are hereby excluded, and you expressly waive any and all such rights.


INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. By registering for the Contest and/or submitting an entry you agree explicitly that all components of your artwork and supporting statement are indeed original creations. Any intellectual property infringement, misuse or plagiarism of another’s work in any form or state will result in immediate disqualification. You grant Urban Space permission to use, copy, modify, distribute, and publicly display your Contest submission and creation for any purpose, including display on the Urban Space/Dekalb Market website, without any attribution or compensation to you. Urban Space retains the right to continue to use or re-lease the space and installation after the six month free rent period.

JUDGING. The five top finalists, selected on April 19, 2011 by our panel of architects, designers, artists, media partners and entrepreneurs, will be featured on the Dekalb Market Facebook page for public voting until April 30th. On May 1, 2011, Urban Space will announce the winner according to the tallied public votes on its Facebook page, followed by additional public announcements. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Urban Space reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to overrule the public voting results for any reason (including without limitation Urban Space deeming an entry not reasonably build-able).

{ 119 comments… read them below or add one }

  Anonymous March 9, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Are there competition restrictions on physically modifying the container, e.g. cutting openings and the like?

Reply March 9, 2011 at 7:00 pm

There are no formal restrictions, the core of the competition is for an innovative idea to be executed therefore modifications are possible. However in order to maintain our standards for promoting sustainability, we would like the container to be re-usable for future vendors.


Andrew March 9, 2011 at 6:01 pm

How often is the market open?

Reply March 9, 2011 at 6:54 pm

The market will be permanent and will stay open 7 days a week.


  Tyler March 9, 2011 at 6:54 pm

I second the first question about physically altering the container. The email address listed for submitting questions is not going through.

Reply March 9, 2011 at 7:02 pm

We just answered. Pls refer back to the first comment.


  Tyler March 9, 2011 at 7:21 pm

I was also wondering if there is any usable space immediately surrounding the container. For instance, if you were to open one of the sides of the container, could you use the adjacent space for seating, display, etc.? Thanks a lot!

Reply March 10, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Yes, there could be space surrounding the container, however, pls keep in mind that the container will be placed in the marketplace along with other containers.


  Chelsea March 9, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Will the market be open every day, or (like the Brooklyn Flea) is it open only at weekends?

Reply March 9, 2011 at 8:47 pm

The market will be permanent and stay open 7 days a week.


rypat March 10, 2011 at 1:47 am

Does the container need to be closed or secured at night during non-business hours?
Are there any restrictions on the height of the intervention?
Can you describe the surface of the site?

Also, is there a specific format required for the PDF submissions (portrait/landscape, dpi, dimensions, etc) ?

Reply March 10, 2011 at 4:41 pm

No need to close it since we’ll have security on site and no restrictions about height and PDF format. The surface is mostly concrete. Hope this helps!


  Michael March 10, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Should we factor in A/C or heating? since I can imagine it getting quite hot during the summer and cold during the winter. And what about electrical outlets?

Reply March 11, 2011 at 7:20 pm

There will be an A/C sleeve provided as well as electrical outlets.


  Barb1.ara Stallard March 11, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Hi and greeting from Kentucky. I saw the contest and though I am not in the immediate area of the market, I jotted the following ideas which pertain to children and community more than making things. But people who make things and buy things have children, so…..
1. A mini-library with or without lending privileges. Maybe some juice, pb and j’s
2. Art station where children can come and make art and objects on the fly and maybe come back week after week to work on a theme. Art could be used in the community or by families. Get kids and adults in on community art projects and use the crate as the creative egg.
3. Snack station for kids or everybody-get a snack for nominal fee. Maybe just water for people and dogs.
4. DIY station with some sewing machines where people could make their own re-usable carrying bags out of material they bring or out of materials they could purchase at the station-sit down and sew them up then and there.
5. A Safe station for kids to come to if they feel scared or get lost.
6. A nursing-as in breastfeeding-station where mothers and babies could sit and nurse in comfort-and talk to one another or not, drink some tea or water-or not.
7. Cyber station where people could use “free” pc’s. Thinking of this mainly for kids-even have a teacher type in there who could help with some minor educational emergencies.

Okay. That’s it. Put them all facing out in an area called “Kid…….” and let the good times roll.

Thanks. It was a nice exercise in creative thinking. Good luck.

Reply March 14, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Great ideas! Thanks for the input!


  Anderson March 12, 2011 at 12:14 am

1) Should submissions identify team members and their experience, and describe their qualifications/intent to realize and operate the proposal? Or should they be anonymous?

2) The jury includes individuals associated with organizations (SBS, 3rd Ward, etc.). Can teams include members also associated with those organizations? (Obviously, not the judges themselves, but, for example, another employee of one of those organizations…)

3) Is running water available? Waste water line?


Reply March 16, 2011 at 5:13 pm

No it doesn’t have to be anonymous. But the teams shouldn’t include members associated with the same organizations as the judges. There will be running water and a water waste line.


  Jamie March 14, 2011 at 1:53 am

Could you explain exactly where? At least on which plot of land? Maybe pin point the spot on google maps?

Reply March 14, 2011 at 2:01 pm

please see link below.


  Jamie March 17, 2011 at 11:05 pm

So… the container will sit in the right most lane on flatbush ave?


Alex March 14, 2011 at 4:26 am

If we have plan on selling a product or service that is very similar to something already being offered at the market this spring by a vendor listed on this website, do we still have a chance of being a finalist?

Thanks – awesome contest!

Reply March 14, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Please send all ideas our way!! The more the merrier.


  Justin March 14, 2011 at 11:31 am

I am a design researcher from London and I have experience on re-designing ISO sized containers, hence I am very interested in entering this competition. However, I saw the eligibility as ‘US citizen over 18 years old’, does that mean I (non US citizen) cannot enter this competition even if I have good ideas?


Reply March 14, 2011 at 6:04 pm

No, you don’t have to be a U.S. citizen.


  George March 15, 2011 at 2:19 am



  Ze March 14, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Is this an indoor or outdoor space? Also, what are the hours of the market? If it’s indoor, how is the lighting? Thanks.

Reply March 14, 2011 at 7:45 pm

The space is outdoor. The minimum operational hours are 11-5 but hours could vary depending on the type of business and events.


  ASAP March 14, 2011 at 11:08 pm

Hello I’m in the process of creating a submission for the container contest and a few questions have come up that I haven’t found the answers to.

Opening day of market?

Estimated daily traffic?

Access to power? If so what Phase / Voltage / amperage? i.e. is 3 phase 230v 60A available? This is important because it effects the machines I’m able to use.

Water access?

Any particular zoning or regulations particular to market location, I’m assuming this is zoned commercial / light manufacturing?

Estimated total revenue from market?

Truck / Shipment access / Time, i.e. loading dock available and what times could we accept shipments?

Square feet available, i.e. shipping container plus x amount of room around it? Container is 8′ x 20′ what should I assume is around this 1′ i.e. 10′ x 22′ or will containers be stacked next to one another?

Insurance requirements?

Thank you

Reply March 15, 2011 at 4:41 pm

The expected opening date is early summer. You will have access to power and the standard electical specs are 8 x 120volt x 20 amp circuits/1 x 230volt x 30 amp circuit.
There is access to water. There will be rules and regulations set in place to set up specific times for load in and load out of shipments. Please contact me at [email protected] to answer the more detailed questions.


  tahliah y. fuller March 15, 2011 at 6:36 pm

I am confused in submitting my entry am I just submitting a sketch of my design or are you requiring more?

Reply March 16, 2011 at 3:31 pm

You will be judged on Design Quality, Sustainability, Community Impact, and Entrepreneurship.To enter, all potential candidates will fill out a form, inclusive of contact information and submit button to upload the files (max 3 pages of 8.5” x 11” PDF formats), along with a brief description that outlines the idea.
Try to be as brief and thorough as possible.


  Julie March 15, 2011 at 11:54 pm


I have few questions regarding the rules for “not just a container competition”:

1. Can somebody international that is studying in Usa ( for examples doing his undergraduate in architecture school with a student F1 Visa ) be eligible to participate?

2. If Not, Can be possible that one international participate in a group with somebody that he is resident of USA?

3. Is there any registration fee?

Reply March 16, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Yes, you are eligible and there’s no registration fee.


  Jason F. March 16, 2011 at 1:55 am

I have a question about the location for this container … is it free standing? will it be a part of other shipping containers? Can people access all 4 sides of the container? Is there a site plan available other than the one you give via Google Maps …

Reply March 16, 2011 at 4:17 pm

yes, it is a community of free standing containers with each vendor having their own store front. You will have access on 2 sides. Unfortuanately, all that is available regarding a site plan (as of now) is in the where and when section.


  Anderson March 16, 2011 at 8:09 pm

The description says that the market will include an “incubator farm, food market…and a collection of eateries”. Will there also be a farmer’s market on site?

Reply March 17, 2011 at 5:35 pm

There will be local produce offered on site.


  Con Desi March 17, 2011 at 4:48 pm

So after Urban Space selects the 5 finalists, the public vote is really a “who has the most friends on Facebook” contest. Under what types of circumstances would Urban Space overrule the public voting results?

Reply March 17, 2011 at 6:12 pm

If the design is not buildable, offensive, or we identify a rules violation.


J April 9, 2011 at 2:03 pm

No kidding? How did I miss that the final decision would rest on a Facebook contest. Phooey.


  de soto March 19, 2011 at 10:52 pm

HI, great contest, and I have a great idea – but I’m not a designer. The rules are somewhat vague but I’m gathering that you should probably include a sketch of how you envision the space – in which case I should probably seek out a designer to help me sketch something out. Sound about right? Sounds like you will be judging the design of the space as much as the concept itself?

Reply March 21, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Don’t sweat the design 🙂 Something simple yet direct would be fine! And yes it’s going to be judged on design and concept.


AdeleM March 30, 2011 at 1:22 pm

De Soto,

Although I’m entering the contest, if you’d like to share your ideas with me, I’d be happy to draw up your idea for you.


gcantillo March 20, 2011 at 11:19 pm

Hi, I’m wishing to participate in the contest, but neither my team or I , aren’t US residents/citizens. Can we still participate?


Reply March 21, 2011 at 8:26 pm

please see julie’s comment above.


  Letizia March 22, 2011 at 2:50 am

regarding the question of Jason F., is it mandatory to have public access on both sides ?
Thank you.

Reply March 24, 2011 at 1:30 pm

no, not mandatory.


  anonymous March 22, 2011 at 9:15 pm

Does the container need to be on-grade? Can it be elevated?

Reply March 24, 2011 at 1:32 pm

yes, it can be elevated.


John Lunceford March 22, 2011 at 10:35 pm

I see the the 6 month “rent free” part of the prize. In the event that a winner has a successful design and business and wishes to continue to occupy the container, how will that be handled?
Define sustainable.



  DDC March 23, 2011 at 12:54 am

I am a designer & artist living out of NY state and would love to enter this competition.
However, as I read the overall criteria/goals, it seems to be geared towards local Makers Artists, Farmers & Chefs who want a vending venue at this location; is that correct?
In other words, if one enters the competition, should we be prepared to staff & run the day-to-day operations of the booth/crate for the full 6 month term/lease? Will DEKALB Market pair us with an appropriate vendor, or should I find a partner to do that ?
Thanks, DDC

Reply March 23, 2011 at 6:47 pm

We want to provide an incubator for makers, artists, farmers, and chefs. We encourage anyone that can creatively fit the “bill” to submit entries. If your idea requires a staff then you should be prepared to appropriately execute your vision.


  pmf March 23, 2011 at 4:19 pm

I am participating in the Renegade Craft Fair on June 11-12. Will this conflict with the opening date/hours of operation for the contest?


Reply March 23, 2011 at 6:48 pm

no, not a prob.


  Willie March 23, 2011 at 8:09 pm

What would the rent be after the initial 6 free months?

Reply March 23, 2011 at 8:44 pm

The current rate for that size is 1200 but there are other sizes.


  Stephen March 24, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Are propane tanks similar to the ones found on food trucks allowed or is there a possibility to hook up to natural gas? Should it be assumed that there is no extra space beyond the 20′ X 8′ the box takes up? Thanks!

Reply March 28, 2011 at 9:16 pm

no gas allowed. The container size given is 20×8. If your design extends past that space to include some kind of outdoor interaction, that would be fine.


ib March 25, 2011 at 5:25 pm

Hi there,

Can an entrant submit more than one entry?
And you DO NOT want entrant to put names on their submissions, or it’s ok?


Reply March 25, 2011 at 9:12 pm

you can enter more than once and your name is ok.


  JL March 27, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Looking at the link of WHERE & WHEN section posted earlier, it is unclear to me which area along Flatbush and Willoughby is designated for Dekalb Market.

– Is it at the spot right in front of the subway stop? Is it on the side walk? or is part of the road being close off for the market?
– How many container are we fit at the site?

Please comment.


Reply March 28, 2011 at 6:34 pm

the market is right off the dekalb subway spot. The site is on flatbush, gold, and willougby. There is approximatley 40 containers on the site.


  JL April 1, 2011 at 5:56 pm

flatbush, gold, and willougby…
there is a parking lot by there, do you mean the site is the parking lot?
or is it the sidewalk, road?



  Alejandra March 28, 2011 at 5:10 pm

I would like to know if our firm can submit a project for the competition even if we are all Mexican residents?
I would also like to ask if it is possible that one person submits more than one project or if it is limited to one project per person.
And my last question is if one of the uses of the container can be related to dogs, like dog washing? We’ve read the suggestions for the use of the space, but we were wondering if dogs are allowed to enter the market.
Thank you

Reply March 28, 2011 at 6:32 pm

yes, your firm can submit. More than one submission is permited per person and we are dog friendly 🙂


  Amanda March 29, 2011 at 12:00 pm

I entered my idea. I hope it went through! I had a couple issues with submitting. The error message came up. So I tried again.

Reply March 29, 2011 at 3:40 pm

GRRRReat! We got it!

Reply March 29, 2011 at 4:38 pm

can you send your phone number and any other contact information to [email protected].
We don’t have that information on your submission.


  Amanda March 29, 2011 at 5:32 pm

You got both of them?


  Michael March 29, 2011 at 11:21 pm

Do we need to submit …
1 pdf that is three pages long?
3 pdfs that are one page each?

Reply March 30, 2011 at 3:05 pm

it’s whatever you prefer, just as long as the single file isn’t too big.


AdeleM March 30, 2011 at 1:25 pm


If chosen as the winner, after the initial 6 month free lease, are we committed to stay on?


AdeleM March 30, 2011 at 1:48 pm

I received an error message when attempting to enter the contest online. Should I mail in a duplicate submission just in case?

Thank you,
Adele Michelsen

Reply March 30, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Try submitting again. If it doesn’t go through send it to [email protected].


  funkism March 31, 2011 at 12:00 am

hi, is it okay if our submission form is 11 X 8.5? same size, just horizontal instead of vertical, thank you.

Reply April 1, 2011 at 1:28 pm

that’s fine.


  Marcelo March 31, 2011 at 4:20 am


I read that we have access from two sides. It would be a storefront (20) and a side entrance or two storefronts?

thank You

Reply April 1, 2011 at 1:30 pm

You can assign the store front from whatever side works with your design.


  Julia March 31, 2011 at 12:11 pm


Can you specify what sides of the container we have access to?

I apologize if someone has already asked this.


Reply April 1, 2011 at 1:31 pm

just answered to above comment 🙂


  CMF April 1, 2011 at 11:09 pm


Sorry, but the terms “freestanding” and “access” are a bit unclear. Will any of the four sides be directly up against another container or a wall? Can you provide a simple layout of the containers? This is essential to the design!


Reply April 4, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Freestanding in a sense that it’s a unit by itself. If the idea is reasonably buildable then you can have as many sides as you want to be accessible. There is no layout of the containers, just keep in mind that its 8×20.


  Yvonne April 2, 2011 at 2:41 am

Do mail-in submissions have to conform to the same 8 1/2″x11″ format?


  PaS April 2, 2011 at 10:46 pm


Maybe I am confused, but are we talking about containers on the street? or is there a particular site where they will be aggregated. I am not familiar with the area. Thank you.

Reply April 4, 2011 at 5:17 pm

It’s on a site. Flatbush/Willoughby/Gold.


  mhc April 3, 2011 at 12:56 am

Hi, I tried to submit but there was an error:

ERROR: Batchbook Error: Failed to create/update the location for the Batchbook contact

What should I do?

Reply April 4, 2011 at 5:18 pm

let me check on it. Did you try submitting it more than once?


  mhc April 4, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Yes, I tried submitting it numerous times with different browsers. Thanks for your help.


wyatt April 4, 2011 at 12:55 am


My design partner and I are in the process of putting our presentation together for you guys. Would it be okay if we submit 3 pdfs of multiple pages? It is integral in effectively presenting our concept.

thank you,


Reply April 4, 2011 at 5:19 pm



  mike April 4, 2011 at 5:56 pm

Does this mean that we can submit up to 9 pages (3 pages x 3 files)?


  lars April 4, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Hi there, I was wondering if you could expand a little on what you’re looking for in Design Quality / Sustainability /Community Impact / Entrepreneurship


Reply April 5, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Entrepreneurship: To provide an economic opportunity for (and connect the community with) independent entrepreneurs and creative people in four broad categories: Makers, Artists, Farmers, Chefs.

Quality: To carefully curate the quality, originality, and value of offerings to deliver a compelling experience for the community.

Community: Through outdoor placemaking and juxtaposition of uses to create a community gathering and marketplace – not just for products – but also for the intangibles of culture, education, senses, and ideas.

Sustainability: To consciously consider, design and disclose the various systems and resources used by the Market, vendor, product, and visitor (such as water, waste, energy, capital, knowledge, health) to reduce both reliance and impact upon distant places.


  Yvonne April 4, 2011 at 11:19 pm

Didn’t get a response to my previous question as to whether mail-in submissions need to comply with the same format. Please advise.

Reply April 7, 2011 at 7:28 pm

mail in submissions must have the same format.


  lars April 5, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Any aspects of a business plan relevant at this stage?

Reply April 7, 2011 at 7:29 pm

Some, but it should mostly illustrate your idea and vision.


  christian April 7, 2011 at 7:57 am

Some 20′ containers are side opening (rather than just opening one of the small ends). Can that type of container be used also?

Reply April 7, 2011 at 7:30 pm

We supply the container and you modify it any way you’d like.


  andy April 8, 2011 at 8:15 pm

having trouble submitting entry. “Batch Error” message. Please advise how to proceed.


  Sarah April 8, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Same – batch error have tried multiple times to upload.


  Sydney April 9, 2011 at 10:46 am

Me too: ERROR: Batchbook Error: Failed to create/update the location for the Batchbook contact


  Urban Space April 9, 2011 at 5:16 pm

If you are having trouble submitting the online form, please email your entry to [email protected].


  Mark Billy April 9, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Reporting trouble submitting entry – same error as above multiple times – have e-mailed


  Letizia Desmazieres April 10, 2011 at 2:51 am

Have e-mailed to “[email protected]”.


  Ellen Ivanits April 10, 2011 at 3:50 am

Also trouble submitting – sent via email. Thank you!


  Ellen Ivanits April 10, 2011 at 3:51 am

And fyi – the time stamp on this log is incorrect. It is now 11:51 pm on the 9th of April.


  Michael April 10, 2011 at 3:57 am

I am having problems uploading to the website as well; I receive an error message similar to the threads above … I sent my final submission via email to [email protected]. Can you please confirm the receipt of my email when you get the chance?



  christian April 10, 2011 at 7:05 am

I also had trouble uploading the file via your submission form. I sent an email to [email protected]. Could I also get a confirmation email that my submission was received?

thank you,



  Kate April 10, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Same problem as above, the error message referred to duplicate sending, but not having received an email confirmation yet, just thought to check here for a solution – and emailed it.


Urban Space April 10, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Thank you all for your submissions and we will be confirming them tomorrow. We appreciate the time and effort you have spent on these, so please feel free to email [email protected] with any questions or concerns.


  Letizia Desmazieres April 11, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Hi, I didn’t receive a confirmation for my submission via e-mail. Did you receive it ?


  Anderson Hall May 2, 2011 at 6:05 pm

These rules state that Facebook voting ends April 30, but the polls are still open as of now. When do the vote counts stop? Please post accurate information on your Facebook page.

Reply May 2, 2011 at 6:22 pm

the submissions will be removed tonight since this marks a week exactly.


  CMF May 2, 2011 at 9:42 pm

this is strange, because two of the submissions now give an error, while the others can still be “liked”…..


  Y. Pejece May 3, 2011 at 1:01 am

The online submission form widely returned errors. The finalist announcement was delayed a week (Monday 4/25) because the organizers misjudged their own capacity. Then the announcement was delayed to the next day (Tuesday 4/26) with no explanation.

The voting deadline was changed without announcement. And the voting method was unclear (“Like” on the FB page? “Like” the link after you follow it? Both?). And as CMF mentions, some of the voting links broke.

At best, this was a very poorly run competition at best. At worst, I call shenanigans.

Reply May 3, 2011 at 2:47 pm

We adjusted the rules to accommodate other contestants’ requests. Our apologies. The hardest job is trying to please everyone.

Ronald August 30, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Dear Tiziana Indelicato. Before using images of other events to publicize your own, it is good form to ask for permission, or at least give proper credit. Two images you have used belong to ContainerArt. ( In particular one is an installation of Fabio Niccolini and the other by Giovanni Bianchini

Please remove all images belonging to ContainerArt immediately and perhaps consult a proper curator on the rules of giving credit in the art world.

Ronald Lewis Facchinetti


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