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Kiosk contest launched for Chicago Architecture Biennial

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The Chicago Architecture Biennial has launched an international contest for an ‘innovative’ kiosk on the shores of Lake Michigan

The Lakefront Kiosk Competition – backed by Chicago Park District and the City of Chicago – seeks proposals for a demountable £50,000 waterfront retail unit and visitor attraction.

The winning design will be exhibited inside Chicago’s Millennium Park during the biennial which will run from October 2015 to January 2016.

It will then be relocated to the lakefront where the ‘iconic’ 18.5m² structure must serve as a food or retail outlet during the summer and maintain an ‘active presence’ during the winter months.

Chicago’s lakefront was gradually transformed during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries into a major public space featuring parks and beaches and is now home to around 40 retail kiosks.

According to the brief: ‘While Chicago is known for its towering skyscrapers and its expansive urban grid, the competition identifies the lakefront as a new realm of architectural imagination that operates on the scenic threshold of the city and at a more intimate scale.

‘Though the winning kiosk will be a small structure—a work of micro-architecture—it will reinforce the city’s broader commitment to forward-thinking design. The competition is a challenge to demonstrate how small-scale architectural design can transform public space.’

Proposals should include a cultural programme for the kiosk designed to ‘engage a diverse audience’ during the biennial.

Performances, film projections, visual art or community facilities could all be included.

Schemes will be evaluated on their originality, engagement with the lakefront landscape, sustainability and creative use of materials and technology.

Multi-disciplinary teams applying to the contest must be led by a graduate from an accredited professional architecture program.

The winner will receive an honorarium worth around £6,400 to develop their design further.

Judges include David Adjaye, Jeanne Gang of local outfit Studio Gang Architects and the biennial’s artistic co-directors Joseph Grima and Sarah Herda.

The deadline for registration is 23 March.




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