Design It: Shelter Competition

Sponsor: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Google

Type: open

Language: English

Registration Fee: none

$1,000 cash prize

23 August, 2009 – competition closes
21 October, 2009 – winner announced

Aidan Chopra, Product Evangelist, Google SketchUp
Martin Cox, Principal, Bade Stageberg Cox
Neil M. Denari, Principal, Neil M. Denari Architects
Cathleen McGuigan
, Contributor, Newsweek
Victor Sidy, Dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture
Lisa Strausfeld, Partner, Pentagram
David van der Leer, Assistant Curator of Architecture and Design, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Design Challenge:
The competition is an extension of Learning By Doing, an exhibition in the Guggenheim Museum Sackler Center for Arts Education that features plans, photographs, and models of student-built shelters from the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. For the past seven decades, students at this school have taken on the challenge of designing, building, and living in small shelters nestled in the landscapes of the school’s Arizona and Wisconsin campuses. In working on these shelters, students consider human needs for safety and comfort, as well as the relationship between architecture and place.

Design It: Shelter Competition opens up the project to you. If you could build a shelter anywhere in the world, where would it be? How would you design it to respond to the surrounding environment?

Submission Requirements:
-SketchUp model of a shelter
-Images of a shelter (1–4 JPEGs, at least 235 pixels wide but no larger than 720 pixels wide)
-SketchUp animation showing the inside and outside of a shelter
-A written description (in English) of a shelter and how it integrates into the location where it is placed (limited to 70 words)

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