Architecture for Humanity Chicago - Street Furniture Competition

Result

First place
MAS Studio (Iker Gil, Andrew Obendorf, Julie Michiels, and Andrew Clark)

Honorable Mention
- Brenna Martin
- Ross Atkin and Isabel Lizardi

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Overview

Design one or more pieces of ‘street furniture’ that can be easily distributed to vacant sites and parks throughout the city for two months during the summer. Street furniture should not be limited to benches, we consider anything that makes a small space seem inviting, usable and safe to be street furniture.

Category Other Competition / Competition Result / Open to Students
Type International, Project, Open, Single-Stage
Genre Furniture
Country Chicago
Registration Deadline 26 February 2010 GoogleCal iCal
Submission Deadline 26 February 2010 (via Online)
Eligibility All

THE PROBLEM
The fabric of any city has pockets of underutilized and neglected spaces. These vacant pieces of the city are often intended for development at some point in the future but currently sit empty and unused. Left unattended, they can become dangerous and unwelcoming areas along the streetscape. Through small acts of community we can repurpose these empty spaces and imagine for ourselves a better streetscape.

THE CHALLENGE
Design one or more pieces of ‘street furniture’ that can be easily distributed to vacant sites and parks throughout the city for two months during the summer. Street furniture should not be limited to benches, we consider anything that makes a small space seem inviting, usable and safe to be street furniture. Including but not limited to: seating, planters, bicycle parking, sports or play equipment. Winning designers will have at least one piece (potentially more) of their ‘street furniture’ built and distributed to a park space in the spring for a period of two months. The goal of these installations is to spark a dialogue about how we use our space and encourage community participation in the decisions that affect our civic life. As such, these installations are intended to be temporary and inexpensive. Designers should also consider what will happen to the materials at the end of the two month time period.

Jury
unknown

Prize
Winning designers will have at least one piece (potentially more) of their ‘street furniture’ built and distributed to a park space in the spring for a period of two months.

Entry Fee
None

Entries
Two 11x17 Boards, submitted as a PDF with at a minimum a plan, section/elevation and design detail.

Timetable
Saturday Build Days: April and May
Placement of street furniture in the first parks: June

Organizer
Architecture for Humanity Chicago

Official Website
http://www.afh-chicago.org/