A Grand Idea – Inhabit


The Mobile Activation Station by Holobiont (Haruka Horiuchi & Frank Hebbert)

Second favorite project
The Bus Roots Project by Marco Antonio Castro Cosio

Third favorite project
Traffic Cones into Flower Receptacles by Daniel Ebuehi

Vid de Gleria & Ziga Kresevic – Urban Rebagers
Robin Liu – Popup Bookstore
Jirawit Yamkleeb – Double Take
Hiroyuki Ichihara – The benches of Tsuchibokasi
Robyne Kassen – Monkey Bar Bike Racks
Jurriaan de Brujin – Metro
Yusuke Sakuma & Akihito Matsushita – Forest Bath
Dominik Chung – Park Hill, Sheffield

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This competition is focused on design solutions that can change our immediate urban environment into places that we can truly inhabit. The first series of ‘The Grand Idea Initiative’ is called ‘INHABIT‘. The ultimate challenge of which is to create solutions that introduce fun, sustainable, and innovative ways people use public space. The intervention can be components that are spatial, graphical, digital or purely strategic. These ideas have to be US $1000 in budget and need to maximize the return in the shape of a built design solution.

Category Other Competition / Open to Students / Competition Result
Type International, Idea, Open
Genre Street-Furniture
Country United States
RegDeadline 17 June 2010 GoogleCal iCal
17 June 2010 (via Online)
Eligibility All

What kind of projects can be submitted?
Projects could be aimed at designing street furniture, environmental graphics, services, online communities, anything that changes peoples behavior to how a public space gets utilized.

Raul Correa Smith
Co-founder, FAISCAS
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture, Columbia University GSAPP

Soo-in Yang
Co-Founder of The Living

Entry Fee

A photograph of the Site – The place of your intervention, preferably in your neighborhood
The Proposal – A 100 word design brief describing your project.
The Design – Your proposal in a visual format, e.g. sketches, drawings, photo collages, anything that clearly outlines what you propose to do.
The Budget & Timeline – Breakdown of the usage of the US $1000. A tentative installation/implementation timeline.

Winners Announced – July 17th 2010


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