Monday, January 31, 2011

Street Furniture Competition 2011 launched by Architecture for Humanity/Chicago

Last year, it was MAS Studio that came up with the winning design (pictured above) for innovative street furniture that was actually fabricated and put on display in Pilsen.

Now, the Chicago chapter of Architecture for Humanity is back with the second, 2011 edition of its Street Furniture Competition. The challenge is to:
Design one or more pieces of ‘street furniture’ that can revitalize a vacant site, is universally accessible, and fosters multi-generational community interaction. Street furniture should not be limited to benches. We consider other structures that make a small space seem inviting, usable, and safe to be street furniture. Including but not limited to: harvest tables, raised planters, play equipment, interactive sculptures. The goal of this installation is to continue the dialogue about open space and how design can be the catalyst for the creation of meaningful and joyful places that facilitate community engagement. Winning designers will have at least one piece (potentially more) of their ‘street furniture’ built in the spring of 2011 as a year-long community installation. This installation is intended to activate the space in anticipation of a future neighborhood garden at the site. After the year, the street furniture will be considered for permanent installation or relocated to a new vacant site in Chicago.
The budget entrants should be working with is $1,000.00. The submission requirements are:
  • Team Information & Release Form
  • $10 Entry Fee
  • Two 11x17 Boards, submitted as a PDF including a plan, section/elevation and design detail. Please list the required materials and describe the build process. Scale of drawings at the discretion of the entrants.
Once again, the prize is that the winner gets to see their design constructed. Submission deadline is 5:00 p.m., Friday, February 25th, with the winners to be announced in March by a jury to be announced.  Check out the details here.

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