Our top picks for 2014's Bollards in My Community Competition
Bollards in My Community is a scholarship contest held each year to support students in their studies toward building better communities. It's designed to support future architects, planners and urban designers by encouraging them to demonstrate and present relevant knowledge and examples of urban site planning in their neighborhoods. For 2014, we asked students to describe how bollards contribute to the safety and aesthetic design of their urban environment. Participants could submit their content in any form they liked—video, written formats, infographics or anything they came up with. We received many high-quality submissions, and as it turned out, video presentations were the most popular format for submission.
Here are the top submissions from 2014!
Name: Brandon Hill
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
School: University of Utah
Brandon Hill was entering his sophomore year at the University of Utah at the time of submission. His video presentation stood out above all the others and spoke perfectly to how bollards protect pedestrians and contribute to the aesthetics of his hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada. It contains footage of many different types of bollards and explains how they “do much more for a community than what, at first, meets the eye.” Brandon was awarded $3,000.00 to put towards his education. Congratulations, Brandon!
Name: Meaghan Wilson
Location: Victoria, British Columbia
School: University of Victoria
Meaghan Wilson is an Art History and Visual Arts student at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. She submitted an excellent video presentation on how bollards provide aesthetics that reflect her hometown’s history as a British settlement. Her presentation also describes the function and utility of bollards that are used outside of the city’s historic core. Meaghan’s explanation of how bollards are street furniture that match the context of their environment was especially noteworthy. Meaghan was awarded $500.00 to further her education. Thanks for your hard work, Meaghan!
Name: Haley Posey
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
School: Texas A&M University
Haley is a high school student studying engineering at Texas A&M University. She submitted a great video on how bollards prevent vehicles from crashing into buildings and how they highlight the architecture of many buildings in Fort Worth, Texas. The video explains how bollards increase safety at sites where pedestrians and vehicles must share space. Haley was awarded $500.00 to put towards her education. Great work, Haley!