Silicon Valley Design Competition

Urban Confluence Silicon Valley, a worldwide open ideas competition, has extended the entry deadline to April 3, 2020. Urban Confluence Silicon Valley invites artists, architects, urban planners, landscape architects, lighting designers, students, designers, engineers, and anyone with a passion for place-making to submit ideas for activating the most critical urban park in the City of San José, California.

The site, which rests at the confluence of the Guadalupe River and Los Gatos Creek, is in a central park and will be across from the future 6-8 million sq.ft. Google® Downtown West Mixed-Use Plan and two blocks from Diridon and the new BART Stations, soon to be transformed into one of the most prominent transportation hubs in the United States.

The competition goal is to provide a spectacular landmark design in the heart of Silicon Valley. Conceived as a gift to the City of San José, which is the 10th most populous city in the United States and the 3rd most populous city in California, the landmark will be an enduring, visible, interactive, and unique presence. Its design should demonstrate the City’s position as the economic, cultural, and political center of Silicon Valley, and create a must-see landmark that will enhance community life and reflect the extraordinary legacy of this remarkable global center. The competition seeks a transformative design complete with dramatic lighting, a net-zero energy approach, and an impressive physical presence that will become a powerful and enduring symbol of how Silicon Valley operates as a bridge from past to present to future.

Urban Confluence Silicon Valley can be a structure, an object, a sculpture, a work of architecture, with an activated landscape enjoyed both day and night. Its design will be an iconic destination that embodies the culture of innovation in Silicon Valley and advances humanity by building civic pride and welcoming diverse communities from around the world.


The Urban Confluence Silicon Valley design needs to:

  • Create a visible physical presence that is a powerful and enduring symbol reflecting the extraordinary legacy of the remarkable global innovation center
  • Enhance and activated the site through exemplary design and placemaking
  • Achieve a beautiful and welcoming presence that becomes the known landmark both of the region and globally
  • Embody sustainable principles and practices
  • Demonstrate respect for the environment within the Los Gatos Creek/ Guadalupe River
  • Establish a strong visual presence during the day, at night, and at a distance


  • Open to architects, designers, artists, urban planners, landscape architects, lighting designers, students, and professionals
  • Multi-disciplinary teams encouraged
  • There is no fee to enter the competition
  • Activation of a 5-acre zone within a 14-acre park
  • NEW submission deadline, April 3, 2020
  • A public community panel will take place in April 2020
  • Three finalists will be selected from the first phase of the competition
  • The three finalists (individuals or teams) will each receive a stipend of $150,000 to refine their proposals
  • Jury comprised of:
    Tatiana Bilbao, Award-Winning Architect, Mexico City
    Susan Chin, FAIA, Executive Director, DesignTrust for Public Space Daan Roosegaarde, Artist and Innovator
    Rob Steinberg, FAIA, Urban Designer/Architect
    And others
  • Competition web site:

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