Bring awareness to scope of the landscape architecture profession
Intent to Submit is Closed
Design specs for download.
In 2015 BSLA got a tremendous reception to the installation of Kit of Parks in the Expo Booth at ABX and in the Central Greenway at NE Grows. The Kit of Parks was subsequently invited to show at several events in Cambridge in the fall, at the Innovation Center, and at The BAC Fundraiser (April 2016). This has brought unprecedented local visibility to BSLA, the profession of landscape architecture, and to the designers themselves (Nina Chase, ASLA and Philip Dugdale).
The original challenge had been to design an installation for the ABX Expo Booth. This was undertaken by the Emerging Professionals Committee and funded by BSLA. Kit of Parks was 35 elements that puzzled together to fit in a frame, all designed to fit on a bike trailer. When disassembled, there was a table, stools, corn hole, janga, and more. The handout description the 2015 installation can be downloaded here.
2016 BSLA Member Design Challenge
General Information: BSLA has been invited by New England Grows to once again create an installation for their Central Greenway. This installation will serve to advocate for the value of Landscape Architecture, showcase the skills of landscape architects, to attract attention and interaction, and to further communicate about the profession of landscape architecture. The installation will also be used at other events and functions throughout the year.
This year Walpole Outdoors will be supporting this effort by supplying the materials and manufacturing the winning design.
Versatility, novelty of concept, attention to and showcasing the skills of Landscape Architects will be key elements for the winning design.
Eligibility: The design challenge is open to all BSLA Members and members of the Student Chapters at The BAC, GSD, and UMass-Amherst. There is no entry fee.
- Versatility of Design: The New England Grows display area is approximately 30’x30’. The installation must fit within this area, but also be compatible (in modules, portions, or in its entirety) with display areas that may be as small as 10’x10’. The design should be versatile in use, reflecting the large array of Landscape Architects involvement in the environment. Including public, open, private, and commercial.
- Installation will be made predominantly of AZEK, with minimal use of Mahogany, or Western Red Cedar if desired. Samples of materials can be made available upon request.
- Installation may be a single piece or modular. Ease of set-up and take-down is a must. The installation must be sturdy enough to be installed, displayed and used multiple times.
- The installation must fit into a van (approximately 10’ long x 4’4” wide x 4’4” high) and any single element must weigh less than 40 lbs. so that it may be transported by van and handled by one person.
- Budget of approximately $5,000, which includes materials and manufacturing (at cost). (Material costs are on the attached 2016 BSLA Member Design Challenge).
- The installation must be able to be manufactured by Walpole.
- The Installation can be used in segments or as a whole, depending on space available for display
- The Installation must be interactive
- The Installation must communicate in multiple methods
Submission: The 2016 submissions will be completed in three parts:
- MAY 3 – 3 pm online: Intent to participate: fill out an online form so BSLA has an idea of the number of submittals that may be expected. You will submit a project name to be used with your application to ensure anonymity throughout the process. Important Note: We realize that all Intents will not progress to actual submissions. But if you think you might submit a design, you must complete the intent step by the deadline. No designs will be considered that skip this step.
- MAY 31 – 3 pm online: Submit one page description of submission (with minimum of 11 pt. font) as well as a maximum of 10 Power Point images that show the Three to five finalists will be selected from this group.
- AUGUST 1: The finalists will submit a one page description of the submission (11 pt. font min), a minimum of 10 Power Point images, and a one inch equal’s two foot scale model of the
Awards: There will be one winner plus two honorable mentions, announced on August 11.
Manufacturing and Display
- August 12 through August 31 Finalist works with Walpole Outdoors on final design
- September 1 through October 31, 2016 Manufacturing of winning
- September 22 Open House at Fairsted – Formal award
- November 15 Potentially: ABX could be first showing of
- November 30- December 2: New England Grows Winner will be central feature of main Greenway.
Questions: Should be submitted to Vicki Carr @ firstname.lastname@example.org no later than May 2, 2016. Responses to all questions will be sent out by May 9, 2016.
For more information
Design Challenge with Material Costs (2016 BSLA Member Design Challenge)
Kit of Parks Handout (1) (Used with Display)
Intent to Submit is Closed
Important Note: We realize that all Intents will not progress to actual submissions. But if you think you may submit a design, you must complete the intent step by the deadline. There is no penalty for not submitting a design after submitting an Intent, however no designs will be considered by the jury that have skipped the Intent step.