Design Museum Boston (DMB) wants to transform the Boston Waterfront with their Street Seats Design Challenge. Designers from around the world have submitted designs. Part walking tour and part outdoor design exhibition, this is your chance to show off your work near the Boston Innovation District. Where would be a better place to look for engineering design talent than GrabCAD? The "Call for Entries" part of the challenge is more than half way done, ending February 1st, so act quickly to participate.
How does it work?
If your entry meets the competition criteria, then it will be displayed in an exhibition and event on February 28, 2013 at Factory 63. A panel of experts and celebrity judges will review the finalists’ entries, a mixture of sketches, renderings, models, and videos. Winners from this event will receive a stipend from Design Museum Boston for fabrication and their seats will be installed, along with educational signage, around the Fort Point Channel from April to October 2013. Grand prizes will be awarded at a public event in April.
- All entries will be on view at Design Museum Boston’s Innovation Gallery at Factory 63.
- Semi-Finalists will receive a $750 fabrication grant and promotion.
- Semi-Finalists’ seats will be installed around Fort Point Channel for 7 months.
- 3 Finalists will be chosen: 1 Grand Prize US$5000, 2 Runners-up US$2000
The challenge is sponsored by Red Thread, an Innovation District-based company and the leading provider of office furniture and workspace technology solutions in New England.
Why is this challenge one to watch?
Street Seats is the first major program instituted by Design Museum Boston thanks to their Our Town planning grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. They hope to make this burgeoning area the next great public space in the city and to educate the public about the role of design in our lives. “Street Seats is a great opportunity for designers, Fort Point residents, and visitors to interact and add life to this area,” said DMB Co-Founder, Sam Aquillano, “I’m thrilled to add Design Museum Boston to the already impressive list of organizations contributing to the culture of Boston around Fort Point Channel.”
“Design is everywhere,” remarked Aquillano. “Therefore, Design Museum Boston is a museum in not one space, but many spaces; Street Seats embodies our unique approach by putting a design exhibition outside in a very public space, around the beautiful Fort Point Channel.”
For more information about Street Seats visit www.designmuseumboston.org/streetseats
We plan on connecting with DMB soon for a challenge. How do you spread the importance of design to your friends, family, and neighbors?