Street architecture contest for New York Ideas City festival

'MirrorMirror' tents designed by the Buffalo, New York–based architecture and design firm Davidson Rafailidis for Ideas City 2013. — AFP pic
'MirrorMirror' tents designed by the Buffalo, New York–based architecture and design firm Davidson Rafailidis for Ideas City 2013. — AFP pic

NEW YORK, Jan 4 — A new “street architecture” competition has been announced in New York for the spring.

The brainchild of the New Museum and Storefront for Art and Architecture in partnership with the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT), “Street Architecture” will call for the design and construction of an outdoor structure that facilitates new forms of collective gathering and engagement with the city.

The goal is to come up with “a work of mobile architecture suited for hosting daring feats of oratory.” The winning entry will be displayed in the vicinity of the New Museum and will host programs and activities including live talks, debates, screenings, performances, games, and workshops.

The competition is part of the 2015 edition of “Ideas City,” a biennial Festival created to explore the future city and to effect change. This year's theme, “The Invisible City,” will explore the question of visibility and related dynamics, including transparency and surveillance, citizenship and representation, expression and suppression, and participation and dissent, as defining forces within the contemporary city.

Ideas City will take place in downtown New York, May 28-30, 2015. For full competition details click here. — AFP-Relaxnews