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Call for Entries for Street Seats Design Challenge


<ul><li><p>Street SeatsDesign Challenge</p><p></p><p></p><p>@designmuseumbos</p><p>617.610.3664</p><p>Presented by:</p><p>Call for Entries</p></li><li><p>Design Museum Boston is New Englands first museum dedicated solely to design. Our mission is to educate the world on the role of design in their lives and to unite the Massachusetts design community in ways that enrich our collective work, make businesses more competitive, and solve real-world problems more creatively. After all, design has the power to make our everyday lives more comfortable, more efficient, more exciting, more rewarding, more... better.</p><p>For information on current and past programs and exhibitions visit:</p><p>What is Design Museum Boston?</p><p>Design Museum Boston is a decentralized network of physical and virtual exhibits. Whether in a gallery, retail environment, public spaces or on the web, our programming gives audiences new insights into the design process and the greater social, economic, and environmental contexts that both affect and are affected by design</p></li><li><p> About the Challenge, Schedule at a Glance Why Fort Point? The Site, Existing Design Elements Visual Schedule Challenge Overview Design and Judging Criteria, Jury Registration and Submission Process Fees and Deadlines, Submission Guidelines</p><p> Prizes, Exhibition, Installation, and Return of Work Advisory Board, Eligibility</p><p>4</p><p>6</p><p>8</p><p>10</p><p>12</p><p>14</p><p>16</p><p>18</p><p>20</p><p>Table of Contents.</p></li><li><p>The Street Seats Design Challenge provides you with an opportunity to improve the livability of a burgeoning urban area while being socially and environmentally conscious. Design Museum Boston invites individuals and groups from around the world to design an iconic bench or street seat for the Fort Point Channel in South Bostons up and coming Innovation District. Bostons Fort Point Channel area is a lively community and destination in 2011 the area welcomed about 1,300 businesses, 33,000 workers, and 1,900 residents and it continues to grow.</p><p>Street Seats is a design challenge which will culminate in an outdoor design exhibition and walking tour around the Channel. Entrants will participate by designing sustainable outdoor sidewalk furniture with a focus on reuse, using environmentally-friendly materials, and innovative construction methods. Design teams will record and submit their process along with their final designs to, in the end, create the public design exhibition.</p><p>Design brings communities together. Public seating sets the scene for chance encounters, people watching, connecting with nature, or just taking a break. </p><p>About the Challenge.</p></li><li><p> Call for entries opens.</p><p> Early Registration Deadline.</p><p> Late Registration Deadline.</p><p> Submission Deadline 11:59pm EST.</p><p> 1/8 Scale model deadline for arrival at Design Museum Boston.</p><p> Judging Event in Boston, Semi-Finalists and Fabrication Grants awarded.</p><p> Deadline for Semi-Finalists fabricated benches delivered to Museum.</p><p> Outdoor Exhibition Opening. Unveiling of benches along Fort Point Channel. Announcement of top three design winners (finalists) at outdoor exhibition.</p><p> Street Seats furniture collection moves indoor to TBD gallery in Boston.</p><p>Sept</p><p>202012</p><p>Nov</p><p>202012</p><p>Feb</p><p>12013</p><p>Feb</p><p>182013</p><p>Feb</p><p>282013</p><p>April</p><p>122013</p><p>April</p><p>272013</p><p>Oct</p><p>TBA2013</p><p>Schedule at a Glance</p></li><li><p>What is the Innovation District?</p><p>In January 2010, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino launched plans for the Innovation District, 1,000 acres of residential, commercial, and industrial space in South Bostons waterfront neighborhood. Envisioned as an area where Bostons strengths in entrepreneurship, technology, and the creative arts coalesce, the Innovation District is a place where knowledge-based companies cluster, and new models of housing, cultural, and social life attract a broad spectrum of users and residents.</p><p>The Fort Point Channel now stands at center stage, linking the waterfronts of downtown and South Boston the seam between the Financial District and the emerging South Boston Waterfront. As a clean Boston Harbor brings the entire waterfront back to life, the City of Boston has joined with the Channels neighbors and waterfront advocates in shaping a plan for a new kind of public park. Not since the early 20th century reclamation of the Charles River Basin from an industrial swamp has there been such an opportunity to create an urban waterfront destination on such a scale. Fort Point Channel can become Bostons Next Great Place. </p><p>- From the Fort Point Channel Watersheet Activation Plan, 2002, Boston Redevelopment Authority.</p><p>Fort Point is now home to over 300 artists who produce work in a wide array of media. It is recognized as one of New Englands largest artists communities. The historic warehouse buildings of Fort Point house painters, photographers, sculptors, designers, ceramicists, performance artists, jewelers, book artists, digital media artists, and more.</p><p>- Fort Point Arts Community website,</p><p>Why Fort Point?</p></li><li><p>Be inspired by the rich history of the Fort Point community and the possibilities of Bostons Innovation District to create public seating made from sustainable materials and processes.</p></li><li><p>The Hub of Fort Point Channel, extending from Boston Harbor to the Summer Street Bridge, is an extension of the harbor, a new gateway to city wide water transportation, providing docking space for transient vessels, and hosting visiting and historic vessels that can negotiate the vertical clearances of the Evelyn Moakley Bridge. Floating walkways lining the Channel provide access to vessels, inviting the public to the waters edge. The area also hosts the Boston Tea Party Ships &amp; Museum as well as the Boston Childrens Museum. An Art Basin between the Congress Street and Summer Street bridges provides an on-the-water area for floating art that can be experienced from land or from the water.</p><p>The Site.</p></li><li><p>The Fort Point community protects its natural environment while meeting the needs of a growing residential population, crowds of bustling commuters, and the millions visitors who come to explore Boston and experience the harbors many cultural destinations. For reference, the following images are samples of existing design elements currently in use throughout the site.</p><p>Be Inspired!</p><p>Existing design elements.</p></li><li><p>September 20, 2012 DMB announces program</p><p>September 20, 2012 Open call for entries launches</p><p>April - October 2013Seats remain in place for 7 months</p><p>February 28, 2013 Judges choose Semi-Finalists</p><p>Seats have sign with info and wayfinding</p><p>Judges choose top 3 designs for prizes</p><p>Each sign has QR code for more info/video</p><p>Street Sea</p><p>ts!</p><p>Semi-Finalists receive grantsfor fabrication</p><p>CALLENTRIES</p><p>forCALLENTRIES</p><p>forCALLENTRIES</p><p>for</p><p>Video</p><p>x 7</p><p>Visual Schedule.</p></li><li><p>February 1, 2013 Round 1 entries due</p><p>October 2013 Furniture collection moves to gallery</p><p>April 27, 2013 Final pieces installed around the Channel</p><p>February 28, 2013 Round 1 gallery/judging event</p><p>Walking tours with brochure and map</p><p>Each sign has QR code for more info/video Online exhibition opens, additional content</p><p>Guided walking tours commence</p><p>Opening event brings crowds and press</p><p>Semi-Finalists receive grantsfor fabrication</p><p>Website</p></li><li><p>September 2012 - February 2013: Competitors must register to receive an entry number and additional instructions. Register online at Registered competitors will receive a registration number, entry template, entry form, and file submission instructions. Competitors must submit entries for Street Seats design Challenge by February, 1 2013 at 11:59pm EST. A scale model is required models must be shipped to Design Museum Boston (P.O. Box 990938 Boston, MA 02199) and arrive by February 18, 2013.</p><p>February 28, 2013: All eligible entries will be on display at an exhibition hosted at Factory 63 (63 Melcher St. Boston, MA 02210). The jury will select the Semi-Finalists (10-20 entries) from all eligible entries received. These Semi-Finalists will be announced and featured at Design Museum Bostons Design Innovation Gallery at Factory 63 and on the Design Museum Boston website. All Semi-Finalists will receive a US$750* reimbursement grant from Design Museum Boston for seat fabrication as well as regional, national, and international promotion. </p><p>*Note, the Design Museum Boston reimbursement grant covers materials and fabrication processes adding up to US$750; competitors may elect to spend more non-grant funds on seat fabrication.</p><p>Challenge Overview.</p><p> Phase 02: Gallery Exhibition, Round 1 Judging, Selection of Semi-Finals and Fabrication</p><p> Phase 01: Open Call for Entries</p></li><li><p>March 2013 - April 2013: Semi-Finalists fabricate full-scale seats. Semi-Finalists are responsible for delivering fabricated benches to Boston, MA. Registered competitors will receive information on specific location. The deadline for receiving full-scale benches from Semi-Finalists at Design Museum Bostons storage location in Boston is April 12, 2013 at 10:00pm EST.</p><p>April 27, 2013: Final fabricated pieces will be installed around the Channel and the Street Seat Design Exhibition will be open to the public. Design Museum Boston will hold a outdoor public opening reception on April 27, 2013. From the Semi-Finalists full-scale entries, using the Judging &amp; Design Criteria, the jury will select the top 3 seats. The grand prize winning entry will receive a cash prize: US$5000, the other 2 top entries will each receive US$2000. These top 3 entries will also receive special Street Seats trophies. All the Semi-Finalists and Finalists will receive local, regional, national, and international promotion. All Semi-Finalist and Finalist entries will be viewable online in an exhibition on as well.</p><p> Phase 04: Outdoor Installation, Exhibition Signage, Round 2 Judging and Selection of Finalists</p><p>April - October 2013: For 6 months the Street Seats Design Exhibition and Walking Tour will be on view outside along the Fort Point Channel. Design Museum Boston will host walking tours and special events in conjunction with the exhibition.</p><p>October 2013: The Street Seats furniture collection moves to an indoor gallery in Boston.</p><p> Phase 03: Final Seat Development, Fabrication</p><p> Phase 05: Exhibition Open to Public as Walking Tours Commence</p><p> Phase 06: Outdoor Exhibition Move Indoors</p></li><li><p> Sustainable design using recycled, reclaimed, and/or renewable materials Aesthetically pleasing Innovative design and construction Be safe for outdoor public use Must fit within bench envelope (30 x 72 x 48) Seat at least 2 people - hold 600lbs of weight at various seating positions Suitable for outdoor use (durable, robust, weatherproof, etc) Be stable and secure at the site once installed Depth and quality of design process documentation</p><p>The Jury will base its scoring on the above considerations. In addition, it may award extra points for originality. The Jury will not consider any optional or additional materials when judging entries.</p><p>Design and Judging Criteria.</p><p>30</p><p>48</p><p>example</p><p>exampleexample</p><p>72</p></li><li><p>Design Museum Boston will be announcing Jury members during the course of the open Call for Entries. The Jury will consist of 30 people a mix of design thought leaders, Fort Point arts and culture leaders, and Design Museum Boston sponsors.</p><p>Follow Design Museum Boston on our website and twitter @designmuseumbos for judging announcements!</p><p>All individuals or teams submitting an entry must register through the competition website, Registered competitors will receive a unique registration number, entry template, entry form, and file submission instructions.</p><p>Entrants should submit files to the Design Museum Boston dropbox, then submit the entry form. Submitting the entry form will constitute final submission.</p><p>Registration and Submission.</p><p>Jury.</p></li><li><p>Early Registration: September 20, 2012 - November 20, 2012 Free for Design Museum Boston Members!Non-Member Fee: US$30 (visit: to become a member)</p><p>Late Registration: November 21, 2012 - February 1, 2013 Design Museum Boston Members Fee: $20Non-Member Fee: US$75 </p><p>Submission Deadline: February 1, 2012 11:59 pm EST</p><p>All registration fees are payable in US$ through Design Museum Bostons PayPal online portal at </p><p>Based on the information submitted in the online registration form, Design Museum Boston will refund the registration fee of: (i) any individual Competitor who resides in a jurisdiction whose laws, in effect on September 20, 2012, prohibit charging a fee to enter a competition of this nature, and (ii) any team if its designated team leader resides in a jurisdiction whose laws, in effect on September 20, 2012, prohibit charging a fee to enter a competition of this nature. Competitors must load their submissions the design challenge dropbox prior to February 1, 2013 at 11:59 EST. Clicking the Submit button on the entry form completes submission of the Entry, which cannot be altered thereafter. If a file uploaded to the dropbox is corrupt, Design Museum Boston will notify the Competitor and request a replacement file. All replacement files must be provided no later than 5:00 pm EST on February 19, 2013.</p><p>Fees and Deadlines.</p></li><li><p>Submission Guidelines:</p><p>All submissions must be submitted digitally by following instructions provided to registered entrants by Design Museum Boston. Entrants will receive access to an online dropbox for uploading files as well as an entry form. </p><p>The final pieces will be judged through jury-driven process focused on creativity, durability, safety, and the overall quality of design process documentation. We request that participants track and document their progress from initial sketch to final piece and provide a poster and video for the exhibition.</p><p>The following items are required to complete your submission.All entries will be reviewed by the jury anonymously. Thus, all submitted text and images must be free from any marks, logos or writing that identifies authorship. The presence of any such insignia will result in disqualification. When naming files and labeling your poster include registration numbers only. Your name(s) and affiliations will be added later if your design is selected to be exhibited.</p><p>1. POSTER: One (1) 24 x 18 horizontal format poster; must be submitted in a high-resolution PDF file; each file should not exceed 50MB. Input entry title and registration number in the appropriate space on the template. You will receive the template with your registration number. Please include:</p><p>a) High Resolution images of the design processb) High Resolution images/renderings of the final piecec) Multiple renderings, in contextd) Overall and key dimensions noted</p><p>2. BIOGRAPHY (in English): Descriptions of team (150 word max.)</p><p>3. VIDEO: All design process work should be documented in video format (in video be sure to capture designers at work, interviews, research, sketches, concepts, models, prototypes, etc.)</p><p>a) A music sound track and/or narr...</p></li></ul>