SHIFTboston Ideas Competition 2009

Sponsor: SHIFT and The Boston Society of Architects /AIA

Type: Open International

Language: English

Eligibility: This competition is open to all individuals and teams of all sizes.

Registration fee: US$35.00

The winning entry will receive a US$1,000.00 cash prize. The winner along with a select number of honorable mentions will be invited to attend the SHIFTboston Forum to present their work to the jury member and invited guests. The Forum will be held at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston on January 14, 2010.

Honored projects may be featured in publications designed and used as promotional materials for SHIFTboston.  It is expected that honored projects will appear on a billboard, bus shelters and subway cars in the Boston Metropolitan area as part of the SHIFTboston Exhibit.  All eligible entries will be promoted on the SHIFTboston blog and website.

December 11, 2009 – Submissions received no later than 4:00pm EST.
December 2009 – Jury will meet.
January 14, 2010 – SHIFTboston Forum held at The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.

Thom Mayne – Founder and Design Director of Morphosis Architects, Santa Monica, CA
Scott Burnham – Urban Strategist, London, UK
Ana Salinas Mata – Prinicipal of Wilk-Salinas Architekten, Berlin, Germany
Mitchell Joachim, PhD – Co-Founder of Terreform ONE and Terrefuge, New York, NY
Brian Healy, AIA – Principal Brian Healy Architects, Boston, MA
Audrey O’Hagan, AIA – Principal of O’Hagan Architects, Boston, MA
Sarah Whiting, PhD – Principal of WW Architecture, Dean of the Rice University School of Architecture (January 2010)

Design Challenge
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
Ecological urbanism

Please be aware that these should be inventive, innovative, visionary proposals. The broader and more diverse the subjects the better. You are not limited by the ideas in this brief. This competition is designed for multiple viewpoints – architect, artist, student, government official, and citizen. This is your opportunity to share your bold urban vision.

Submission Requirements:
Entries must be formatted to fit a single 24″ x 36″ (60cm x 90cm) board (landscape orientation).  The board may include any drawings and three-dimensional representation of the proposed concept along with any supporting text.  Inventive and multi-graphical presentations are encouraged.

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