Draw Up A Chair | Design Competition | The Battery Conservatory


The Battery Conservancy invites students and professionals from the Americas (Canada, the United States, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean), to design an iconic moveable outdoor seating element. The winning design will be fabricated for use at The Battery, the 25-acre park at the tip of Manhattan which annually welcomes six million visitors.

Why a Moveable Chair?
As the great urban theorist William Holly Whyte discovered: “Chairs enlarge choice: to move into the sun, out of it, to make room for groups, move away from them. If you know you can move if you want to, you feel more comfortable staying put.” The Battery’s movable chairs will delight while they invite, animating the park and making it Downtown’s central meeting place.

VIDEO: The Battery Conservancy Americas Design Competition 2012 from The Battery Conservancy on Vimeo.

The design competition has three phases. The first phase is an open design competition. In the second phase, the jury will select Top Designs and Finalists, which will be featured online and on exhibition banners in the park. The Battery Conservancy will develop full scale prototypes of the Finalists’ Designs and has been invited by Design Miami/ to exhibit these prototypes. In the third phase, the winner(s) will be awarded a cash prize and their designs will go into fabrication for use in the new Battery Green, a 3-acre oval at the park’s Broadway entrance, scheduled to open in 2014.

Phase One: Competition Announced – Submittals Received
July 31 – October 30, 2012

Phase Two: Jury Selection – Exhibition – Prototype Development
November 2012 – December 2013

Phase Three: Winner(s) Selection – Fabrication – Installation
June 2013 – June 2014

Jurors: Paola Antonelli (MoMA), Allison Arief (NYTimes), Fernando & Humberto Campana (Estudio Campana), Rob Forbes (Design Within Reach/Public Bikes), Mario Schjetnan (Grupo de Diseño Urbano)

Find out more at Draw Up A Chair official website

Please direct all questions to the organisers at Draw Up A Chair official website

TEXT: Draw Up A Chair 

IMAGE CREDIT: Flickr User | Manfred Lentz