SHIFTboston Barge 2011 Design Competition


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We expect elements such as: water (spray, steam, shallow pools,piping), swings, comfortable lounging spaces, lighting, sound.

Category Project Competition / Open to Students / Competition Result
Type International, Project, Open, Single-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Installation
Country Boston, United States
RegDeadline 25 February 2011 GoogleCal iCal
25 February 2011 (via Online)
Eligibility All

SHIFTboston is calling on architects, installation artists, designers and landscape architects professionals and students to design an experience installation on a barge in Boston’s Fort Point Channel. Competitors are asked to develop a concept which might include one or all of the following components: recycled/recyclable materials, water, plants and perhaps digitally fabricated parts. We would like designers to create a uniqueSENSORY EXPERIENCE for barge visitors by experimenting with a variety of interesting materials and applications in order to provide a TACTILE, OLFACTORY and VISUALexperience.
We expect elements such as: water (spray, steam, shallow pools, piping), swings, comfortable lounging spaces, lighting, sound. We would like competitors to explore a closed-loop system. We prefer design elements which will NOT require grid-based energy. Competitors should seek alternative energy sources, laws of physics and environmental mechanics.

Stefan Behnisch - Principal and Founder of Behnisch Architekten Stuttgart, Germany, Venice, CA and Boston, MA
Michael Cantalupa - Senior Vice President of Development of Boston Properties Boston, MA
Kathryn Dean - Principal of Dean Wolf Architects New York, NY
Olympia Kazi - Executive Director of the Van Alen Institute New Yok, NY
Timothy Kirwan - General Manager of InterContinental Boston Boston, MA
Matt Johnson- Associate Principal, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Boston, MA
Richard McGuinness - Deputy Director of Waterfront Planning, Boston Redevelopment Authority Boston, MA
Hillary Sample - Principal MOS LLC New Haven, CT/Cambridge, MA
Craig Scott - Principal of Iwamoto Scott Architects San Francisco, CA
Jury Chair:
Brian Healy - Principal of Brian Healy Architects, Boston, MA

$10,000 to fabricate and install his/her design on the barge

Entry Fee

The winner will present his/her concept at the SHIFTboston BARGE Forum at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston on Wednesday, March 23, 2011.
The finished barge will be open to visitors during the months of September and October of 2011 and there will be an opening event on Friday, September 16th, 2011.

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