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SHIFTboston WHY STOP design competition, Massachusetts, USA

Jan 12, 2012

WHY STOP Competition Winner

Imagining the South Coast Rail : WHY STOP Competition 2011

What would make you stop? A river diner? Portuguese cuisine? Fresh produce? How about a rolling theatre or even a super pier?

‘New Bedford Super Pier’ by Emer O’Daly of Dublin, Ireland:
WHY STOP Competition Winner
WHY STOP Competition Winner image from SHIFTBoston

This summer architects, urban designers, designers and landscape architects — professionals and students — visualized new destinations along the proposed South Coast Rail extension. The new rail that will connect Boston to Taunton, New Bedford, and Fall River, Massachusetts.

This international competition generated a number of brilliant concepts for a new, vital urban network along the railway. Ideas that exploring the types of development we might see, what they might look like, and the local resources that they could draw from.

Join us for the exhibition opening and awards ceremony with a presentation by competition winner Emer O’Daly of Dublin, Ireland on Thursday, January 19th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Winning and honorable design proposals will be on display at South Station from January 16 – January 30 as part of the traveling WHY STOP Exhibition exhibition which will move to select locations in New Bedford and Fall River.

Previously: 22 Jun 2011

SHIFTboston WHY STOP Competition

Call for Entries

Competition Deadline 16 Sep 2011

Call for Entries

SHIFTboston is challenging urban planners, architects, urban designers, designers and landscape architects — professionals and students — to explore and visualize destinations along the proposed South Coast Rail extension, which will connect Boston to Taunton, New Bedford, and Fall River, Massachusetts.


The planned extension of commuter rail lines from Boston’s South Station to the Massachusetts South Coast has the capacity for broader re-conception and re-imagination of the region. We encourage competitors to investigate and to explore the potential of this new network and its RESOURCES. How might one animate the new rail system by adding to or enhancing the existing urban NETWORK? How might NEW or improved destinations draw from regional and local resources, industry and CULTURE such as universities, agriculture, arts, marine INDUSTRY, historical institutions, tourism and RECREATION? Think about FUN.

There are a large number of wetlands lying in the South Coast corridor. Think about how the new rail might draw from this natural resource while offering protection to it. How might the rail benefit this sensitive HABITAT?

More details on challenge options:


– Julia Czerniak, Director of UPSTATE and Associate Professor at Syracuse University School of Architecture; Syracuse, NY

– Diane Georgopulos, Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency (Mass Housing), Boston, MA

– Greg Guimond, Deputy Director and Comprehensive Planning Manger of the Southeastern Regional Planning & Economic Development District (SRPEDD), Taunton, MA

– Scott Lang, Mayor, New Bedford, MA

– Edward Mitchell, Assistant Professor at Yale University School of Architecture and Principal of EMA, New Haven, CT

– Chris Reed, Principal and Founder of Stoss Landscape Urbanism, Boston, MA

– Adèle Naudé Santos, Dean of Massachusetts Institute of Technology School of Architecture, Cambridge, MA and Principal of Santos Prescott and Associates, San Francisco, CA

– Michael Sorkin, Principal of Sorkin Studio, New York, NY


The jury will select a winner who will present his/her concept at the SHIFTboston WHY STOP Forum in Boston, MA on October 20th, among members of the jury, government, community and business leaders, local developers and regional economic development groups.

The winning entry will be featured in a new game for mobile devices which will be featured as part of the WHY STOP Exhibition. Winning and select submissions will be on public display as part of a traveling exhibition in 2012 which will be on public display at South Station in Boston, the New Bedford Public Library and Fall River.

All finalists and eligible entries will be promoted on the SHIFTboston blog and website and will become part of the SHIFTboston WHY STOP book in 2012.

To register:

Questions: For more information, email [email protected]

Partners and Sponsors: Amtrak Southeastern Regional Planning & Economic Development District (SRPEDD) Boston South Station Boston Society of Architects City of New Bedford Boston Game Jams

SHIFTboston The Architects Building 52 Broad Street Boston, MA 02109-4301

Previous SHIFTboston design competition on e-architect:

30 Mar 2011

SHIFTboston BARGE 2011 design competition


“Lighter than Air” Will Create an Interactive Public Environment in Boston

NEW YORK – March 30, 2011 – Rachely Rotem Studio and Phu Hoang Office together have won a competition organized by SHIFTBoston to design an interactive architectural environment on a barge in Boston’s Fort Point Channel. The project, entitled “Lighter than Air,” will temporarily transform the barge into a “pop-up” public space, as well as give the floating vessel a new visual presence in the channel. The installation uses principles of camouflage to create a novel atmospheric phenomenon and to make the familiar appear strange—or the unfamiliar seem familiar.

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“Lighter than Air is comprised of a 3-D camouflage net held up by helium-filled weather balloons, forming what the designer and architect call a “camovapor” climate system that floats above the barge. The “camovapor”’s shape and orientation change constantly in response both to the wind and to public activity. Visitors are invited to use an outdoor gym of bicycles to generate “pedal power” that inflates additional weather balloons and transforms liquid water into water vapor—either as mist or steam.

As the water vapor condenses on the cool surfaces of the camouflage nets, the 3-D perforation of the camouflage net will temporarily retain this water. When combined with the harbor breeze, cool micro-climate zones will be created. “Lighter than Air” uses the principles of atmospheric micro-climates to create a new form of interactive public space. The resulting microclimatic spaces will cause the public to interact with weather as an ephemeral form of architectural space.

About Rachely Rotem Studio

Rachely Rotem Studio is a New York and Tel Aviv-based design practice with projects ranging from urban environments to interiors and furniture design. In 2010, Rachely Rotem Studio won the Art Basel Miami Beach / Creative Time “Oceanfront” competition. In 2004, Rachely Rotem won the ‘Catch the Light’ international competition (with LoT) for the 2004 Athens Olympics. Rachely Rotem currently teaches in the graduate architecture program at the University of Pennsylvania.

About Phu Hoang Office

Phu Hoang Office is an award-winning New York-based architecture practice with projects in architecture, interiors, and exhibition design. Phu Hoang Office won the Art Basel Miami Beach / Creative Time “Oceanfront” competition in 2010.

The practice also won the Architectural League Prize from the Architectural League of New York in 2009 and has published numerous projects both nationally and internationally. Phu Hoang currently teaches in the graduate architecture program at the University of Pennsylvania.

SHIFTBoston Design images / information from Phu Hoang Office

SHIFTboston design – another concept

14 Feb 2011

Boston Treepods

SHIFTboston urban intervention finalist

Concept developed in collaboration between Mario Caceres and Cristian Canonico of Influx Studio in Paris, France and SHIFTboston of Boston, Massachusetts.

The intervention pulls CO2 from the environment while collecting solar and kinetic energy. The kinetic energy comes from a form on which to play at the base. The intervention will also generate colorful light during the evening.

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Location: Fort Point Channel, Boston, MA, USA

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