Judges will consider five criteria that best reflect the purpose of the Monument Circle Idea Competition along with the Circle’s priority and prominence in Indianapolis.

Five criteria for judging: Criteria are allotted 5 points each and an idea may be scored on a scale of 0 to 5 with 5 being the highest score for that criteria. This creates a possible high score of 25 points. In addition, judges have up to 5 additional points that can be used as Judges’ Choice criteria for Overall Impression of the Idea, thus allowing for a maximum of 30 points for any one Idea entry.

SIGNIFICANT WELCOMING ENGAGING
  • Source of Pride & Significance
  • Do justice to the majesty of the space
  • Unique & Original
  • Build on what is great
  • The look/first impression
  • Remember history
  • Pedestrian friendly
  • Magnet for Gathering
  • Enhance circulation
  • Increase daily pedestrian use
  • Gathering experience
  • Accessible
  • People and energy/ vitality
  • Community Engagement
  • Enhance economic vitality
  • Things for Public to Do
  • Make great space better – more interactive from a historical, social and economic perspective

 

ASPIRATIONAL & ACTIONABLE SUSTAINABLE  
  • Realistic Ideas
  • Enhance the existing space
  • Within the realm of possibility
  • Maintainable
  • More efficient
  • Sustainable
 

Significant – may be scored from 0 to 5 for a maximum of 5 points

Indianapolis’ Monument Circle is today a source of pride for the city and the state as an internationally recognized architecturally and historically significant gathering space. Ideas should enhance the existing majesty of the space and its unique and original character, expanding and building the reputation of the Circle and its home city and state.

Welcoming – may be scored from 0 to 5 for a maximum of 5 points

Indianapolis’ Monument Circle is today a welcoming, people oriented place and a magnet for gathering. Ideas should enhance this strength by improving circulation, adding pedestrian friendly features, insuring accessibility for all people and representing the purest form of Midwestern hospitality.

Engaging – may be scored from 0 to 5 for a maximum of 5 points

Indianapolis’ Monument Circle is today an active and engaging space hosting grand events and intimate gatherings with equal success. Ideas should increase the capacity of the Circle to host things to do, creating social, economic and historical experiences while enhancing the economic viability of Monument Circle’s adjacent properties and businesses through purposeful access, open space and development design and programming.

Aspirational & Actionable – may be scored from 0 to 5 for a maximum of 5 points

Indianapolis’ Monument Circle improvements should enhance the existing space and should be both aspirational and actionable. Ideas should represent a thoughtful balance of practicality and aspiration, allowing for near term implementation.

Sustainable – may be scored from 0 to 5 for a maximum of 5 points

Indianapolis’ Monument Circle is a highly trafficked enjoyable public space. Ideas should provide for the efficient and affordable maintenance and repair of the space, the inclusion of sustainable materials and practices and the integration of modern choices balanced against preservation of historical beauty. Ideas should also create economic sustainability – setting the area up to thrive in a multitude of conditions for years to come and being able to better serve the businesses, residents and visitors that are there.

Judges’ Choice/Overall Impression of the Idea – may be scored from 0 to 5 for a maximum of 5 points

Judges may allot up to 5 additional bonus points to an idea to reflect a higher valuation based on an overall impression of the idea.