Competition :: Street Seats



Competition :: Street Seats
Design Furniture for Boston’s Fort Point Channel

Design brings communities together. Public seating sets the scene for chance encounters, people watching, connecting with nature, or just taking a break.

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 Boston’s up and coming Innovation District. 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. Boston’s 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’s continuously expanding.

Be inspired by the rich history of the Fort Point community and the possibilities of Boston’s Innovation District to create public seating made from sustainable materials and processes.

Street Seats is a design challenge which will culminate in an outdoor design exhibition and walking tour around the Channel, on view from April to October 2013. 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 outdoor public design exhibition.

Important Dates
11.20.12 – Early Registration Deadline
02.01.13 – Submission Deadline 11:59 pm EST
02.18.13 – 1/8” Scale Models Arrive at DMB
02.28.13 – Gallery & Round 1 Judging Event

Prizes
-All entries will be on view at Design Museum Boston’s Innovation Gallery at Factory 63 in Fort Point and on designmuseumboston.org.
-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

Registration Fees
All entrants must register to receive their registration number and instructions for entry.

Early Registration: 09.20.12 – 11.20.12
Design Museum Boston Members – Free
Non-Members – US $30

Late Registration: 11.21.12 – 02.01.13
Design Museum Boston Members – US $20
Non-Members – US $75

For more information on this competition, click here.