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BARGE 2011 Design Competition

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BARGE 2011 Design Competition News

Competition Opened: Jan 5, 2011

Mar 4, 2011 – submission deadline


SHIFTboston is calling on architects, installation artists, designers and landscape architects professionals and students to submit a concept for an experience installation, to be installed on a barge in Boston’s Fort Point Channel.

Competitors are asked to develop a concept which might include one or all of the following components: recycled/recyclable materials, water, plants and perhaps digitally fabricated parts. We would like designers to create a unique SENSORY EXPERIENCE for barge visitors by experimenting with a variety of interesting materials and applications in order to provide a TACTILE, OLFACTORY and VISUAL experience.

We expect elements such as: water (spray, steam, shallow pools,piping), swings, comfortable lounging spaces, lighting, sound. We would like competitors to explore a closed-loop system. We prefer design elements which will NOT require grid-based energy. Competitors should seek alternative energy sources, design systems which take advantage of the basic laws of physics and environmental fluid mechanics.

Name: M. McGregor
Firm/Affiliation: UNC Charlotte School of Architecture
City, State/Country: Charlotte, NC USA
Team Members: D. Corte

BARGE 2011 Design Competition Boston entry
A musical playground for all ages, this design incorporated drum-like pipes stacked on top of each other. Visitors would be able to pound on the drums to make noise as well as climb on them.

Name: K. Crowley
Firm/Affiliation: University of Kansas
City, State/Country: Lawrence, KS USA
Team Members: n/a

Maze of Discovery:
BARGE 2011 Design Competition proposal
A wooden labyrinth and at the end of the maze, the visitor is awarded with a waterfront view at the edge of the barge.

BARGE 2011 Design Competition Awards


– The honorary recipient will present his/her concept at the SHIFTboston BARGE Forum at Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston on Wednesday, March 23, 2011.

– The honorary recipient will be given $10,000 to fabricate and install his/her design on the barge. The finished barge will be open to visitors during the months of September and October of 2011 and there will be an opening event on Friday, September 16th, 2011.

– All finalists and eligible entries will be promoted on the SHIFTboston blog and website and will become part of the SHIFTboston BARGE book.

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BARGE 2011 Design Competition Jury


Stefan Behnisch – Principal and Founder of Behnisch Architekten Stuttgart, Germany, Venice, CA and Boston, MA.

Michael Cantalupa – Senior Vice President of Development of Boston Properties Boston, MA

Kathryn Dean – Principal of Dean Wolf Architects New York, NY

Olympia Kazi – Executive Director of the Van Alen Institute New Yok, NY

Timothy Kirwan – General Manager of InterContinental Boston Boston, MA

Matt Johnson- Associate Principal, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Boston, MA

Richard McGuinness – Deputy Director of Waterfront Planning, Boston Redevelopment Authority Boston, MA

Hillary Sample – Principal MOS LLC New Haven, CT/Cambridge, MA

Craig Scott – Principal of Iwamoto Scott Architects San Francisco, CA.

Jury Chair:

Brian Healy – Principal of Brian Healy Architects, Boston, MA


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