Field Constructs Design Competition

We invite emerging designers, architects, landscape architects, and artists to submit proposals for temporary installations to be sited at the Circle Acres Nature Preserve in Austin, Texas.

Category Open to Students / Project Competition
Type International, Project, Open, Two-Stage, Onymous
Genre Installation, Temporary-Structure
Country Austin, United States
Registration Deadline 1 April 2015 (See "Entry Fee" below) GoogleCal iCal
Submission Deadline 1 April 2015 (via Online)
Eligibility All

Description
Field Constructs Design Competition (FCDC) invites emerging designers, architects, landscape architects, and artists to submit proposals for temporary installations to be sited at the Circle Acres Nature Preserve in Austin, Texas. The international competition will result in the realization of up to eight submitted entries, selected by a jury of leading figures in architecture, design, and art. The completed installations will open to the public in November of 2015 as part of a week-long event series, which will promote design and community programming at the site.
The competition seeks to foster cutting-edge innovation through works that actively engage with natural and cultural factors specific to Austin and its surrounding region. As one of the fastest-growing American cities, Austin’s character is continually evolving, as is the relationship between its urban fabric and the natural landscape. The competition’s site, the Circle Acres Nature Preserve in the Montopolis neighborhood, showcases the embedding of a natural landscape within the city, to the benefit of both community and environment. The specific site allows the participants to critically and creatively explore two sets of issues: (1) the capacity for public art and design to attract interest and attention to a part of the city that may otherwise be perceived as peripheral, remote, or underutilized; and (2) the potential for temporary, small- scale installations to serve as opportunities to generate, apply, and test innovative thinking with regard to site-specificity, environmental impact, and the use of new technological advancements in design.

Jury
Benjamin Ball, Ball-Nogues Studio, Los Angeles
Eva Franch i Gilabert, Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York
John Grade, Artist, Seattle
Virginia San Fratello, Rael San Fratello, Oakland
Jason Sowell, The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, Austin
Ingrid Spencer, Contributing Editor, Architectural Record, Austin

Prize
Each selected project will receive a reimbursable budget of up to $5,000 for the realization of the installation.

Entry Fee
Early-bird registration, due by February 15, 2015: $60 per entry
The regular registration: $80 per entry

Entries
A single, letter-sized PDF document, not to exceed 20 pages

Timetable
Jury Selection Finalists are announced: May 1, 2015
Finalists are interviewed: May 2015
FCDC 2015 Winners announced: June 1, 2015
Temporary installations open to the public: November 2015

Organizer
Field Constructs Design Competition (FCDC)

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