SHIFTboston GLOW Competition

We are asking artists, architects, urban planners, sculptors, lighting designers, and landscape architects around the world to create a NEW approach for lighting Copley Square.

Category Idea Competition
Type International, Idea, Open, Two-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Lighting
Country Boston, United States
RegDeadline 3 February 2012 (See "Entry Fee" below) GoogleCal iCal
3 February 2012 (Must be Received or via Online)
Eligibility All

Copley Square is a significant LANDMARK space in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. Flanked by McKim Meade and White’s Boston Public Library, H.H. Richardson’s Trinity Church, the I.M. Pei’s Hancock Tower, the Old South Church, and the charming Copley Plaza Hotel, the site is arguably one of the most important PUBLIC SQUARE’s in the New England region, if not the country. Its rich history and architectural tradition create a unique urban setting that is used to host civic CELEBRATIONS and public events such as the world class Boston Marathon, farmer’s markets, concerts and art shows.
We are seeking proposals which will capture the beauty of the existing fabric in this unique urbanscape. Lighting design concepts should highlight existing MONUMENTS, fountains and landscaping features in the square. We are also looking for proposals that demonstrate coordinated structural and pedestrian lighting of the entire space, rather than focusing exclusively on the architecture.
We want light that is playful, respectful, purposeful, and rich.

Ana Bassat (Architect, Principal of b720; Barcelona, Spain)
Helmut Bien (Director of Luminale and; Germany)
Bill Kenney (General Manager of Copley Place Simon Property Group; Boston, MA)
Mark Loeffler (Lighting Designer, Director of Atelier Ten; New Haven CT)
Otto Piene (Painter, Artist, Lighting sculptor; Groton MA)
Nader Tehrani (Principal of NADAAA, Boston MA)
Paul Zaferiou (Lighting Designer, Principal of Lam Partners; Boston MA)

The winning team: 1,000 US dollars
The winning team will then present their submission to the Friends of Copley Square and to the City of Boston Department of Parks and Recreation for consideration of construction in 2013.

Entry Fee
85 US$ per submission: from now until January 6, 2012
100 US$ per submission: after January 6, 2012

1 (24x36) board

Submission Address
BSA Space
290 Congress Street, Second floor
Boston, MA 02210-1038

Jury will meet: February 16, 2012
GLOW Forum in Boston, MA USA: March 8, 2012
Second round jury review: April 14, 2012

Past winners


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