SHIFTboston Ideas Competition 2009


TUTS: Tremont Underground Theater Space
S. Ng, A. Zarzycki / Arlington, MA USA

Upside Down Radiant City
M. Liu, E. Doolittle / Quincy, MA USA

The Wall as Infrastructure
U. Na, S.R. Yoo / New York, NY USA

Honorable Mention
What the Hell is That?
M. Jull, L. Cho / Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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The aim of this competition is to ignite the spirit of innovation that has long lived and thrived in Boston. We seeks to collect new visions for Boston’s urban environment, rediscover Boston’s role in innovation and reaffirm the city’s position in progressive design and development.

Category Idea Competition / Open to Students / Competition Result
Type International, Idea, Open, Single-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Urban
Country Boston, United States
RegDeadline 11 December 2009 GoogleCal iCal
11 December 2009 (Must be Received)
Eligibility All

This competition calls on all visionaries to evaluate the current status of Boston’s urban environment and submit their ideal addition or augmentation to the existing context. Help uncover the most pressing issues concerning the future of Boston and respond to them in an imaginative manner.
Avoid the stereotype and everything you have seen done before; imagine what deserves to be there! What do cities provide us with? What do you believe Boston should provide? Let your idea take shape and function, and enhance the everyday setting. Make Boston thrive!

Topics to explore but not limited to: Boston - the future, Governing bodies, Human scale, Materials and technology, Energy harvesting, Symbiosis, Ecological urbanism

Scott Burnham (Creative Director, Urban Innovator and Writer)
Brian Healy (Principal of Brian Healy Architects)
Mitchell Joachim (Co-Founder of Terreform ONE and Terrefuge)
Audrey O’Hagan (Principal of O’Hagan Architects)
Ana Salinas Mata (Principal of Wilk-Salinas Architekten)
Thom Mayne (Principal of Morphosis)
Sarah Whiting (Principal of WW Architecture, Dean of the Rice University School of Architecture (January 2010))

The winning entry: US$1,000
Honored projects: exhibition

Entry Fee
US$ 35

A single 24” x 36” (60cm x 90cm) board and a single PDF file on a CD or DVD

Submission Address
Boston Society of Architects / AIA
52 Broad Street
Boston MA 02109-4301

Jury meeting: December, 2009
SHIFTboston Forum: January 14, 2010 at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston


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