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New York sculpture park holds pop-up tents competition

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The Architectural League of New York has announced an open international contest for a £6,400 series of tent structures at Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens

The latest edition of the park’s annual competition invites architects and designers to draw up concepts for four portable structures to replace off-the-shelf tents which are currently used for events, markets and workshops.

The new structures must provide shelter from the rain and shade from the sun while being stable enough to survive the park’s windy waterfront environment. Proposals must also be capable of being assembled and disassembled easily and quickly by one or two people.

‘Socrates has for 30 years harnessed the power of creative minds to transform the urban landscape,’ says the brief. ‘Recently our annual competition has shifted emphasis, asking entrants to fuse form with utility, creating designs that explore the intersection of art and architecture while addressing and improving the conditions of the park.

‘Continuing this trend, the 2017 competition asks architects and designers to design and fabricate four portable, demountable structures to replace four standard tent structures that are deployed, as needed, throughout the park.’

The Socrates Sculpture Park was founded in 1986 and occupies the site of a former landfill overlooking the East River. The museum and outdoor exhibition space is situated in Long Island City, which was founded as an independent metropolis in 1870 but later absorbed into New York City’s Queens neighbourhood.

Featuring several bridges and tunnels linking Queens to Manhattan Island, the area was a major centre for heavy industry during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Today the post-industrial district is home to many art galleries, institutions, and studio spaces including the Noguchi Museum, MoMA PS1 and the Fisher Landau Centre. Two years ago the nearby mural space, 5Pointz Aerosol Art Centre, was controversially demolished to make way for a new condominium complex.

Proposed structures must cover an area measuring approximately 2.5 x 2.5m with a minimum height of 2.1m to allow for standing. They should be suitable for a variety of uses from workshops to multimedia presentations and installations.

Concepts must also be adaptable for multiple locations throughout the park, including areas near to the entrances and an education area.

Judges include architects Tatiana Bilbao and Eric Bunge, Socrates Sculpture Park director John Hatfield, artistic director Mary Miss and engineering partner Craig Schwitter.

Applications should include a cover page, 150-word summary, project proposals, budget, 1,000-word description and renderings or sketches of the concept. Team member CVs featuring up to seven images of previous works are also required.

The winning team will receive a £6,400 budget to cover all delivery costs for the four structures, including design, materials, delivery, labour and initial installation.

The deadline for submissions is at 11:59pm local time (EST) on 9 January.

How to apply

View the competition website for more information

Contact details

The Architectural League of New York
594 Broadway, Suite 607
New York, NY 10012

Email: info@archleague.org
Tel: +1 212 753 1722


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