The QUAD 2017: A Design Competition to Create a Sustainable Social Space

This competition is seeking design proposals that capture the essence of social sustainability by addressing the various factors contributing to the three pillars of sustainability: Environment, Economy and Equity.

Category Idea Competition / Open to Students
Type International, Idea, Open, Two-Stage, Onymous
Genre Installation
Country Boston, United States
Registration Deadline 3 May 2017 GoogleCal iCal
Submission Deadline 3 May 2017 (via Online)
Eligibility Internationally to design professionals, installation artists, and students

Description
“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 Greenbuild / ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX 2017) from November 8-9, 2017. ABX is an annual event held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC), and will be co-located with Greenbuild this year, creating one of the largest events for the building community in North America. The installation will then travel to other locations in the city as a mobile exhibit.
During ABX, the winning installation will inhabit a 20’ x 70’ space in Northwest corner of the exhibit hall, surrounded by exhibitor booths. It should act as an informal gathering space that draws the exhibit attendees towards the back of the exhibit floor. In addition, the design should include a prominent area to display the latest research findings from WHAT’S IN, in a format suitable to your installation concept.

Jury
Not yet announced

Prize
One final winner: $7,000 USD
Six finalists: $300 USD each

Entry Fee
None

Timetable
2nd Phase Submission Deadline: July 26TH, 2017
Final Winner Selected: August 9th, 2017
Installation at ABX 2017: Nov 8th -9th, 2017

Links
Past winners

Organizer
WHAT’S IN

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