The Quad :: Design Competition

The Quad :: Design Competition
Submit by: 6.10.16

“Quad”, short for “Quadrangle”, is one term for the public square at the center of a college campus.  It’s a space to take naps in the grass on a sunny day, throw a Frisbee with friends, or where inspirational lectures are given on a warm spring afternoon. The experience of the quad is one of vibrancy, playfulness, and connectivity. In our increasingly dense urban habitats, city dwellers seek to discover similar environments in the places they live, work, and play.

The Quad Competition is an international call for a social space installation. The competition is hosted by WHAT’S IN, a multi-disciplinary research initiative that advocates for urban density and housing affordability through design and policy. Since 2012, WHAT’S IN has built traveling exhibits annually to host research content. Past exhibits were all self-supporting structures designed for ease of travel and deployment, and built with inexpensive materials. Proposals should aim to create an installation with similar approaches.

The winning installation will be premiered at ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX 2016) from November 15-17, 2016. ABX is an annual 3-day event held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC), attended by thousands in the building industry in the US Northeast.  The installation will then travel other locations in the city as a mobile exhibit.

Competition Background and Intent

We are seeking design proposals that capture the essence of the “quad” through site-specific installation for the ABX conference, intended for social gathering. Proposals should envision meaningful and impactful social spaces without sacrificing cost and feasibility of construction.

The winning installation will inhabit a 20’ x 70’ space in the exhibit hall, surrounded by exhibitor booths. It should act as an informal gathering space that draws the exhibit attendees towards the back of the exhibit floor. In addition, the design should also include a prominent area to display the latest research findings from WHAT’S IN, in a format suitable to your installation concept.

Check out some of WHAT'S IN's past research here.