The Quad: A Design Competition to Create a Social Space


KiKi ARCHi, a Tokyo-based architecture design firm led by Yoshihiko Seki, was selected as the final winner among 6 finalists.

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This competition is an international call for a social space installation.

Category Project Competition / Open to Students / Competition Result
Type International, Project, Open, Two-Stage, Onymous
Genre Installation
Country Boston, United States
RegDeadline 20 May 2016 GoogleCal iCal
20 May 2016 (via Online)
Eligibility Design professionals, installation artists, and students

“Quad”, short for “Quadrangle”, is one term for the public square at the center of a college campus. It’s a space to take naps in the grass on a sunny day, throw a Frisbee with friends, or where inspirational lectures are given on a warm spring afternoon. The experience of the quad is one of vibrancy, playfulness, and connectivity. In our increasingly dense urban habitats, city dwellers seek to discover similar environments in the places they live, work, and play.
The Quad Competition is an international call for a social space installation. The competition is hosted by WHAT’S IN, a multi-disciplinary research initiative that advocates for urban density and housing affordability through design and policy. Since 2012, WHAT’S IN has built traveling exhibits annually to host research content. Past exhibits were all self-supporting structures designed for ease of travel and deployment, and built with inexpensive materials. Proposals should aim to create an installation with similar approaches.
The winning installation will be premiered at ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX 2016) from November 15-17, 2016. ABX is an annual 3-day event held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC), attended by thousands in the building industry in the US Northeast. The installation will then travel other locations in the city as a mobile exhibit.

Architects, artists, landscape architects, designers & policy game-changers
Official list to be announced soon.

One final winner: $5,000 USD
Six finalists: $300 USD each

Entry Fee

Two 24” x 36” portrait format, 300 dpi or higher PDF files

1st Phase Finalists Announcement: June 16th
2nd Phase Submission Deadline: August 17th
Final Winner Selected: September 7th
Installation at ABX 2016: Nov 15th -17th


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