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Street Architecture Prize Competition - IDEAS CITY 2015

Monday December 22, 2014 – Monday February 23, 2015

Temporary Outdoor Structures for IDEAS CITY 2015



NEW YORK  2015



The Street Architecture Prize is awarded to an interdisciplinary team, less than ten years out of the school with the most innovative project for a temporary outdoor structure to be built as part of Ideas City. 


The Prize award is $7,500 in addition to the realization of the project in New York City with a  $20,000 construction budget.


The Competition

On the occasion of IDEAS CITY 2015, the biennial Festival created to explore the future city and to effect change—Storefront for Art and Architecture, along with the New Museum and the New York City Department of Transportation, is launching a Competition for the design and construction of an outdoor structure—a work of "Street Architecture" that facilitates new forms of collective gathering and engagement with the city.


IDEAS CITY 2015 is the third iteration of the biennial Festival organized by the New Museum in partnership with the Architectural League of New York, Bowery Poetry Club, Cooper Union, the Drawing Center, and Storefront for Art and Architecture. The 2015 theme, The Invisible City, will be an invitation to 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 2015 will take place in downtown New York from  May 28 to 30 , 2015 . On  Saturday, May 30, 2015,  the winning entry of this competition will occupy a designated pedestrianized outdoor space in the vicinity of the New Museum and Bowery area and host programs and activities throughout the day.


The Challenge: Street Architecture

IDEAS CITY 2015 will be organized around a number of stages distributed throughout the neighborhood that will become hubs of activity for a Street Festival taking place on Saturday, May 30.


These hubs will host events including live talks, debates, screenings, performances, games, and workshops.

For IDEAS CITY 2015, we are soliciting designs for a work of mobile architecture suited for hosting daring feats of oratory. The proposal will be a platform for conversation and debate; the exploration of ideas, dreams, and themes; the proclamation of manifestos; acts of intellectual communion; and declarations of dissent.


Proposals that address new forms of civic engagement for the urban context and that consider spaces, typologies, and objects including but not limited to: the Podium, the Mobile Theater, the Speakers Corner, the Megaphone, the Gavel, the Protest Booth, and other tactics supporting interdisciplinary discourse, are encouraged.


Proposed projects, which can consist of one or multiple structures, should be able to host citizens of all ages and physical abilities. In cases where multiple structures are proposed, at least one should be able to host a minimum of twenty-five people. While it is not mandatory for the structure to provide shelter from the elements, these amenities would be welcome.

Entrants should consider and specify power supply and other technological and digital aspects in their proposals if deemed appropriate.


Site Description and Scope

The Competition aims to reinvent a site-less typology with a call for projects that propose new modes of site engagement without a particular site limit.

During the Festival, which will be facilitated by street closures TBD [see annex 1], the Street Architecture will be roughly located around the New Museum and its surrounding streets. The information provided in the map is for orientation only and is subject to change. However, it is important to consider the dimension of the streets, sidewalks, fire egress lines, trees, street furniture, and lighting, etc.



Registration Deadline>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>February 20, 2015

Deadline to Submit Questions>>>>>>>>>>>> February 2, 2015

Common Answers Published on Website>>> February 6, 2015

Competition Submission Deadline>>>>>>>>> February 23, 2015

Winner Announcement>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> March, 2015

Design-Management-Construction Period>>>> March-April-May 2015

IDEAS CITY—Street Architecture Installation>> May 30, 2015


Design Requirements

Due to the outdoor nature of the project and its situation in the public realm, submissions must comply with the following requirements:


  • - Easy assembly, disassembly (two hours total), storage, transport, and reusability in future years need to be an integral part of the design
  • - The structure should comply with the NYC Building Code for its type of structure and shall be prepared for permit applications
  • - Allow for a fifteen-foot-wide fire egress lane on every street and allow clearance for all existing fire hydrants
  • - Structures must be self-standing without the need of making modifications to the street or sidewalk
  • - Structures should preferably integrate outlets or power sources
  • - A thorough understanding of the materials used and their life cycle needs to be an integral part of the project
  • - The design and proposed installation methodology of the structure shall be subject to an engineering review and certification by the Engineer who is part of the winning team
  • - The structure needs to be properly weighted for weather/wind. If ballast is needed, water should be used


Submission Requirements

All submission materials are paperless and will be submitted through Submittable. All materials must have a title and include the Identification Number provided following registration. No names or identifying information should be placed on any document except on the form inside the identification envelope. The following should be submitted for consideration:



Two 34” x 44," 300dpi portrait panels in PDF format. These will have the project title and identification number on the top right and must contain the necessary drawings for the execution of the project, including but not limited to:

1. Plans, sections and details. Recommended scales: 1"=1'0", 1/4"=1'0", and 3/32"=1'0" [FM2]  

2. Two visual representations of the project that convey its use

3. A structural study

4. A regulations compliance form [each project is responsible for demonstrating a total control and awareness of the rules and regulations that affect the proposal]

5. A production and assembly time schedule

6. A detailed execution budget

7. A 300-word description of the project



A single PDF documentation book of five pages minimum and thirty pages maximum in landscape format. The book must contain all the information presented in the panels plus any additional information necessary to evaluate the project in its full scale and scope. Title and Identification Number must be included on the cover page.


Identification Form

A PDF containing the signed Identification Form and Privacy and Release Statement. 


Documents will be uploaded in the digital platform Submitable and should be titled as such:





12345_Book.pdf [all pages in one single file]

12345_Book_page1.jpg [each page should have a jpg file]

12345_Identification Form.pdf


Submission Upload

When the registration deadline ends on February 20th, you will have 3 days (until February 23rd) to upload the required materials. Registered applicants will receive an email from Submittable on the evening of February 20th. This email will contain instructions for you to revisit your registration form and upload all materials. You must upload everything at the same time (i.e. you will not be able to save some materials and return to the page).


Eligibility / Conditions

1. Each submitting team must have as a team leader an Architect or Artist, and include an Engineer.

2. Additional team members from other disciplines are encouraged.

3. The team leader must have graduated or have started an independent practice within the last ten years.

4. There is no limit on the number of Submissions a given organization, team, or individual may submit, but each Submission must be registered separately and be accompanied by a unique Identification Number, separate registration fee payment, and each Submission must meet every Competition requirement.

5. Eligible Person(s) or Firm(s) must go through detailed guidelines and must agree to abide by the conditions mentioned therein before registration. Upon acceptance and after registering such Person(s) or Firm(s) shall qualify to enter the Competition.

6. To be eligible, each Submission must strictly read and comply with all the imperatives of the Festival as given in these Competition Guidelines. In case any entry is found to be noncompliant, it will be disqualified from entering the Competition. In case any Entrant(s) is found to have provided false information before or after registration, they will be liable for disqualification.

7. The Architect must be willing to observe and comply with all laws, rules, regulations, requirements, orders, and directions of any governmental authority that may pertain to the Architect's activities, and will be responsible for such observance and compliance from each agent, employee, contractor, or subcontractor engaged by the Architect in connection with the project.

8. By entering the Competition, any and all Entrants, and where applicable, their predecessors, successors, assigns, heirs, officers, directors, attorneys, agents, affiliates, parents, subsidiaries, employees, shareholders, and any other person or entity similarly situated, agree in full to these Terms and Conditions.

9. No Entrant shall receive or be entitled to receive any payment as a result of a submission or for granting the promoters any right here in or associated with the Competition except an award pursuant to the rules herein.

10. All registration fees are nonrefundable and nontransferable.


Budget / Prize

The winner will be awarded a production budget of $20,000 for construction, assembly, and disassembly. Additionally, the selected team will be awarded a design/managing fee in the amount of $7,500. All other production and fabrication expenses exceeding $20,000 shall be assumed by the winner.


The winner will work with the Festival task­force committee to realize the design and work with the organizers to obtain all permits and will be responsible for project management of manufacturers/vendors to produce the project.


All questions should be emailed to StreetArchitecture@storefrontnews.org by February 2, 2015. Relevant questions and answers will be posted on the Street Architecture page found on the www.storefrontnews.org website before or on February 6, 2015.


Registration / Identification Number

Competitors are required to register their intention to enter. This registration must be received by February 20, 2015 before midnight by submitting their application online at https://storefront.submittable.com/submit/37630 , which includes a $50 registration fee. Projects will not be juried without valid registration. After registration, each Entrant will receive an email with registration confirmation including a unique Identification Number of 7 digits.




Competitors must not communicate with the Jury about the Competition in any way until there is a public announcement of the winner.


No partner, associate, or employee of any Jury member may participate in the Competition.


Selection Committee

Amale Andraos, Dean, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation


Eva Franch i Gilabert, Director, Storefront for Art and Architecture


Liam Gillick, Artist


Joseph Grima, Director, IDEAS CITY


Lisa Phillips, Toby Devan Lewis Director, New Museum, and Cofounder, IDEAS CITY


Emily Colasacco, Department of Transportation, DOT

Engineer, Buro Happold


The decision of the Jury shall be final and binding on all parties, and no disputes shall be entertained.


The Jury might declare the Competition deserted and reject any and all proposals received in response to this Competition.





Additional Information

Copyrights regarding the Projects shall remain the property of the Architect.


The actual structure will become the property of the New Museum and may be utilized by Storefront for Art and Architecture, the New Museum, and other institutions for future events and venues.


Submitted materials shall not be released nor exposed in public, press, or other media before the announcement of a winning entry or the cancellation of the Competition.


The Architect agrees to permit Competition sponsors to use the submitted materials for public posting, publication, or exhibition, or for archival, promotional, educational, and other purposes as such institutions shall determine. The Jury and/or Storefront for Art and Architecture reserve the right to cancel or suspend the Competition for any reason, including those causes beyond the organizer's control that could corrupt the administration, security, or proper participation in the Competition.


Storefront for Art and Architecture assumes no responsibility for postal, email, electronic, technical, or natural conditions that prevent the receipt or judging of a Competition submission or any part thereof.


Storefront for Art and Architecture reserves the right to amend these Guidelines at any time without notice.


No information contained in submissions shall be deemed confidential and such information may be shared with other governmental entities. Therefore, please do not submit any information that may be deemed proprietary in nature. Competition sponsors shall not be liable for any costs incurred by any respondent in the preparation, submittal, presentation, or revision of its submission. Competition sponsors shall not be obligated to pay and shall not pay any costs in connection with the preparation of such submissions.



Submissions must be uploaded before February 23, midnight EST.




The winning entry will be directly contacted in late February 2015; a public announcement will follow in March 2015.





About IDEAS CITY 2015

IDEAS CITY 2015 is the third iteration of the biennial Festival organized by the New Museum in partnership with the Architectural League of New York, Bowery Poetry Club, Cooper Union, the Drawing Center, and Storefront for Art and Architecture.

IDEAS CITY was founded by the New Museum as a major collaboration between dozens of downtown arts, education, and community organizations to harness the power of the creative community and imagine our collective future. This initiative is built upon the core belief that arts and culture constitute a driving force behind the vitality of urban centers worldwide.


The inaugural Festival was launched in May 2011. It included a three-day conference of symposia, lectures, and workshops with visionaries and leaders, including exemplary mayors, architects, artists, and technology experts; a Street Festival with an innovative urban installation along the Bowery featuring over one hundred organizations and small businesses presenting model products and practices for a better city; and hundreds of independent projects and public events attracting over 70,000 participants. The overwhelmingly positive response led to the Festival’s establishment as a unique biennial event in New York City.



The Street Architecture Competition is organized by Storefront for Art and Architecture and sponsored by the New Museum with the support of the Department of Transportation.


This Competition is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works. 

With the media support of Architizer. 



Winners: WorldWide Storefront

Friday May 16, 2014 – Sunday November 23, 2014

Winners: WorldWide Storefront
Winners World Wide Storefront

Storefront for Art and Architecture announces the 10 selected projects that will be part of WorldWide Storefront (“WWSf”), a new initiative to provide a simultaneous, multi-locus of alternative spaces around the globe and a digital platform for the expression and exchange of latent desires within contemporary art and architecture practices.


A jury composed of Beatrice Galilee, Joseph Grima, Jimenez Lai and Marina Otero has selected a group of ten proposals around the globe. From the study of different states of abandonment in Athens to the discussion around urban growth in Santo Domingo, from the occupation of a public residual space in the city of Los Angeles to a traveling production space aboard a commercial container carrier, from individuals to collectives across the globe, the ten projects constitute a group of curatorial visions that articulate alternative positions within their particular context. 


From September 19 to November 21, 2014, all selected entries throughout the world will simultaneously open and have a two-month program of exhibitions and events. All events will be recorded and broadcast through the WorldWide Storefront online platform and presented at the Storefront for Art and Architecture Gallery embedded in the installation WWSf Portal, a collaborative design by Marc Fornes and Jana Winderen.






Container Art Residency / itinerant

Maayan Strauss

An artist residency that will invite artists to travel on board commercial freight ships to worldwide destinations along various shipping routes, addressing questions of isolation and transportation as a way of redefining the contemporary artist studio. 


Gallery Attachment / Los Angeles, USA

Andrew Kovacs, Laurel Consuelo Broughton

A space designed and constructed by the authors under a bridge in Los Angeles will serve simultaneously as an architectural object and as a container for a series of events, exhibitions and performances.


Host: Natural Histories / Los Angeles, USA

Mimi Zeiger ( Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design),  Leonardo Bravo and River Jukes-Hudson (Big City Forum), Sarah Lorenzen (VDL Research House)

Located at The Neutra VDL Research Site in the Silverlake district of Los Angeles, the project explores the multivalent meaning of the word “host”: a talk-show host, a parasitic host body, and host house or city, via an exhibition and series of events.


Microgeographies / Athens, Greece

Hariklia Hari 

Reacting to the states of abandonment of cities in Greece as a result of personal and social crisis, and reflecting on the gradual reconstruction processes occurring in southern Europe, Microgeographies will present a series micro-exhibitions, actions, installations and performances in public and domestic spaces.


Next Station / Tel Aviv, Israel

Onya Collective [Avigail Roubini, Gil Cohen, Robert Ungar, Neta Steingart, Adam Kalderon]

A series of small interventions in and around the Tel-Aviv Central Bus Station in Neve Shaanan exploring different ways of embedding agriculture and natural ecologies in urban environments.


The Portal / Toronto, Canada

Megan Torza

The Portal  will  activate Toronto’s under recognized ravine landscape through a series of interventions and discussions occupying the entrance of an architecture studio.


Storefront Marketplace / St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, Thessaloniki, Greece and Berlin, Germany

Sandra Teitge 

Storefront Marketplace implements itself into three different market environments in the US and Europe. Starting at a Hmong market in St. Paul, Minnesota, it travels to Thessaloniki, Greece and integrates itself into the city's urban fabric and multi-layered, multi-cultural history. It resumes in Berlin, Germany, in an old restored indoor market. Its interest lies in investigating and experimenting with the marketplace as a space for exchange through performances, food, sound, and objects. An artist run program of films, lectures, performative interventions, radio programs, and culinary events engages and addresses large, central civic constituencies. 


The Spectacle Syndicate / itinerant

Circus for Construction [Ann Lui, Ashley Mendelsohn, Larisa Ovalles, Craig Reschke, Benjamin Widger]

Located on the back of a custom-built truck trailer, the Spectacle Syndicate will stop in five cities over the course of two months (Ithaca, Providence, Provincetown, Portland, Buffalo, and Boston) hosting forums, exhibitions and workshops coordinated with local experts.

A to B - Crossing the railway  / Montreal, Canada

Vincent Lalonde-Dupuy, Pierre Horo-Lin, Xavier Coulombe-Hurray, Camille Angibaud

A cartographic urban project along the Canadian Pacific’s Railway, made by citizens and users crossing legally and illegally the railway, will map and discuss the urban landscape and biodiversity of the site.


Tropical Ghosts / Santo Domingo, Santo Domingo

Laura Castro, Monica de Moya, Engel Leonardo, and  Maurice Sánchez

A series of site-specific urban interventions and meetings in Polígono Central, Santo Domingo will explore issues of growth, identity and systems of sharing in the tropical communities. 

About the Jury

Beatrice Galilee

Beatrice Galilee (*1982, London) is a London-based curator, writer, critic, consultant and lecturer of contemporary architecture and design. Trained in Architecture at Bath University, and in History of Architecture MSc at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, Beatrice specialises in the dissemination of architecture and design through city-wide projects, media, curatorial practice, research, editing and teaching.


Beatrice is the Chief Curator of the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Close, Closer. She was co-curator at 2011 Gwangju Design Biennale, 2009 Shenzhen Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, and curator of the experimental performance design projects Hacked and Afrofuture at Milan Design Week. She is the co-founder and director of The Gopher Hole, an exhibition and project space in London, and is associate lecturer at Central Saint Martins.


From 2006-2009 Beatrice was Architecture Editor for Icon Magazine, one of Europe's leading publications in architecture and design. In 2008 she won the IBP Architectural Journalist of the Year Award.

Joseph Grima

Since studying architecture at the Architectural Association in London, Joseph Grima has pursued an international career as a curator, essayist, critic and researcher in the fields of architecture, art and design.

Between 2007 and 2010, he directed Storefront for Art and Architecture, the New York gallery which is globally renowned for its role in supporting experimental practices in architecture and contemporary art. Since April 2011, he has been the editor of Domus. He is also co-curator of the first edition of the Istanbul Design Biennial.

As a curator and independent researcher, Grima has designed and planned installations for events and institutions of international significance, including the Venice Architecture Biennial, the Shenzhen/Hong Kong Biennial of Urbanism and Architecture, and the Beijing Museum of Urban Planning. He is the author of several books, including Instant Asia (Skira, Milan, 2007), a critical overview of work by young and emerging architecture students in Asia, and Shift: SANAA and the New Museum (Lars Müller, Zurich, 2008); he has also contributed to a range of other books and publications.

Jimenez Lai

Jimenez Lai (Leader) is an Assistant Professor at University of Illinois at Chicago and Leader of Bureau Spectacular. He graduated with a Master of Architecture from University of Toronto. Previously, Jimenez Lai has lived and worked in a desert shelter at Taliesin and resided in a shipping container at Atelier Van Lieshout on the piers of Rotterdam. Before founding Bureau Spectacular, Lai worked for various international offices, including OMA. In the past years, Lai has built numerous installations as well as being widely exhibited and published around the world, including the MoMA-collected White Elephant. His first manifesto, Citizens of No Place, was published by Princeton Architectural Press with a grant from the Graham Foundation. Draft II of this book has been archived at the New Museum as a part of the show Younger Than Jesus. In 2012, Jimenez Lai has been named a winner to the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects. Lai won the Debut Award at the Lisbon Triennale in 2013. Lai was the curator and designer for the 2014 Taiwan Pavilion at the 14th Venice Architectural Biennale.

Marina Otero

Marina Otero is an architect trained in New York (Columbia University), Delft (TU) and Madrid (ESTAM), where she is completing her doctorate in architecture with a focus on contemporary cultures of circulation. In 2013, and as a Fulbright grantee, she graduated from Masters of Science in Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture at GSAPP, receiving the Program Award. Her professional and academic work has been published by Domus, Quaderns, Circo, Arquitectura Viva and El País, includes collaborations with the New Museum, The Glass House, the Istanbul Design Biennial, and has been awarded in different competitions including Europan. Marina became the director of the Global Network Programming in September 2013.

Winners: Competition of Competitions

Tuesday April 29, 2014 – Tuesday April 29, 2014

Winners: Competition of Competitions
Photo by Wesley G. Deploy Yourself, Not Your Designs. The Coalition for the Improvement of Refugee Camps [Mary Monroe, Lee Dykxhoorn]

With more than 100 entries and 18 finalists, Storefront is pleased to announce the winners of the Competition of Competitions.


1st PRIZE 

Deploy Yourself, Not Your Designs

The Coalition for the Improvement of Refugee Camps 

[Marcy Monroe, Lee Dykxhoorn]




[Annie Charleston, William McCommon, Megan McDonough, Shota Vashakmadze]



Amazonia 2020 

Civic Projects 

[Kati Rubinyi, Deborah Richmond , Michael Powell, Ewan E. Branda]




Open Source Open Space: Hacking the Built Environment


[Nicole Lindahl, Louise Mackie and Samantha Senn]




The City is The Room. The Room is The City


[Elena Palacios Carral, Manijeh Verghese]


dePOLITIsign: An open call for the redesign of a USCIS office

Min Chen & Kristin Enright


Off-the-Radar: The Architecture of Non-Existing Space


[Mireille Roddier, Keith Mitnick]


Future Factory

Gretchen Wilkins 

[with Ian Nazareth and students Matthew Ellis, Ken Yip Lai, Sarah Moussa, Francisca Rodriguez, Nicholas Stathopoulos]


Rezoning the 5th Facade: Redefining New York's City Roof Scape


[Matthias Neumann in collaboration with Shane T. Umman]


Second Nature

El Corbusier


Into the Void: An Architectural Competition on Emptiness


[Felipe Orensanz, Rodrigo Duran] 




Taking Buildings Down


Competition of Competitions: Finalists

Friday January 31, 2014 – Friday January 31, 2014

Competition of Competitions: Finalists

With more than 100 entries and a long process of selection, Storefront presents the 18 finalists of the Competition of Competitions.


The finalists' submissions were exhibited as part of Letters to the Mayor, an exhibition focusing on the relationship between architecture and politics.


Learn more about the competition here.




The 18 Finalists of the Competition of Competitions are:


ReDesign the Discipline of Architecture 

The Architecture Lobby


Open Source Open Space: Hacking the Built Environment 

Boot/Trunk [Nicole Lindahl, Louise Mackie and Samantha Senn]

dePOLITIsign: An open call for the redesign of a USCIS office 

Min Chen & Kristin Enright

Amazonia 2020 

Civic Projects [Kati Rubinyi, Deborah Richmond , Michael Powell, Ewan E. Branda]

Deploy Yourself, Not Your Designs 

The Coalition for the Improvement of Refugee Camps [Marcy Monroe, Lee Dykxhoorn]

Second Nature 

El Corbusier


The City is The Room. The Room is The City. 

FormFictionFormat [Elena Palacios Carral, Manijeh Verghese]


grey_matter(s) [Annie Charleston, William McCommon, Megan McDonough, Shota Vashakmadze]

NO TITLES, A Campaign for Illegal Architecture 

GroundLAB [Sean Billy Kizy, Sara Lum, Rakia Seaborn, Nicholas Sharma]

Taking Buildings Down



The Discreet Architect

Local Provision Studio [Valeria Federighi, Janet Yoon]


Nature, Error, Babies 

Metonymy's Architecture [Tom Nurmi, Jeffrey Dunn, Meagan Lehr, Erika Wilder]

Off-the-Radar: The Architecture of Non-Existing Space 

Mitnick-Roddier [Mireille Roddier, Keith Mitnick]


Rezoning the 5th Façade: Redefining New York's City Roof Scape 

normaldesign [Matthias Neumann in collaboration with Shane T. Umman]


The Next Suburb

The Thirteenth Hour

Future Factory

Gretchen Wilkins [with Ian Nazareth and students Matthew Ellis, Ken Yip Lai, Sarah Moussa, Francisca Rodriguez, Nicholas Stathopoulos]


BLISS: Better Living through Intuitive Soft Surveillance 

Yeadon Space Agency


Into the Void: An Architectural Competition on Emptiness

Zooburbia [Felipe Orensanz, Rodrigo Duran]

WorldWide Storefront - Call for Proposals

Tuesday October 8, 2013 – Friday January 31, 2014

WorldWide Storefront

September 19 – November 21, 2014

Deadline for Proposals: January 31, 2014

$1,000 in Seed Funding Available



Storefront for Art and Architecture announces a call for proposals for WorldWide Storefront (“WWSF”), a new initiative to provide a simultaneous, multi-locus of alternative spaces around the globe and a digital platform for the expression and exchange of latent desires within contemporary art and architecture practices.


WorldWide Storefront is a mode of action; its aim is to unveil, produce and discuss experimental cultural works on a global scale from local points of view. By using the ability of contemporary means of communication to join space, undo place and avoid time, WorldWide Storefront provides leadership in imagining future modes of cultural production.


Storefront is seeking proposals from individuals or collectives across the globe with curatorial visions that articulate alternative positions within their particular context. Proposals should contain a two-month installation, series of exhibitions and/or events and identify a specific site where the project will be realized in relationship to the curatorial vision. Strong proposals will explore new spaces of cultural action that defy traditional notions of  “gallery,” “pavilion,” or “cultural institution.” Proposals should also propose new and innovative ways to digitally engage audiences globally.


All proposals will be reviewed by an international jury of notables in the fields of art and architecture.  Selected entries will be part of the WorldWide Storefront program and individuals will receive $1,000 in seed funding to start their project, as well as strategic outreach support and technical and logistical mentorship. From September 19 to November 21, 2014, all selected entries throughout the world will simultaneously open and have a two-month program of exhibitions and events. All events will be recorded and broadcast through the WorldWide Storefront online platform and presented at the Storefront for Art and Architecture Gallery in New York, which will operate as the central situation room.


For additional information and instruction on how to submit, please download the document on the right hand side of this page. All proposals must be received by January 31, 2014.







[list in formation]

Nora Akawi

Lucinda Correia

Ceren Erdem

Pedro Gadanho

Beatrice Galilee

Urtzi Grau

Edgar Gonzalez

Rubén Hernández Fontana

Eric Ho

Steven Holl

Jens Holm

Juulia Kauste

Jan Kennis

Adrian Lahoud

Chus Martinez

Juergen Mayer H. 

Josiah McElheny

Mariana Pestana

Fernando Portal

Pedro Rivera

Emil Rodriguez Garabot

David Ross

Joel Sanders

Nato Thompson

Christine Tohme

Gregory Wessner


OFFICEUS: Call for Partners

Monday October 7, 2013 – Monday December 2, 2013

A call for Partner applications for OfficeUS, the U.S. Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale

OFFICEUS: Call for Partners
Call for Applications. Courtesy of OfficeUS and Storefront for Art and Architecture, 2013.



This call is now closed.

Learn about the OfficeUS Partners here.

5 Partners
6 Months in Venice
Remaking architecture History from the US Pavilion
Working with the most exciting international experts
15,000$ prize



OfficeUS is seeking five partners to take on the role of Partners during the 2014 Venice Biennale at the US Pavilion. From May 23, 2014 through November 23, 2014, the Partners will speculate on and project new futures of a history of American architectural exports on exhibit at the pavilion. The work of OfficeUS - historical, critical and projective- will be published as a book and exhibited at Storefront for Art and Architecture in the spring of 2015.


The five Partners are emerging architects in the early to middle stages of their careers (less than 15 years out of school) with proven ability as creative hurricanes, tinkerers, provocateurs, code makers, code breakers or party hosts whose work represents the highest standard of excellence in design. Applicants must be able to balance engaging the biennale audience with the ability to focus on design work.



The position of Partner in OfficeUS offers architect-designer-scholars with outstanding talent in the disciplines of architecture, design, urban planning, urban design and landscape design an opportunity to immerse themselves in the critical discourse generated within the Biennale community and to draw on their colleagues’ expertise and experience.


Partners are chosen from the disciplines of architecture, design, urbanism and landscape architecture in order to rework, recast, reinvent, and discuss projects produced by American architects world wide during the last 100 years contained in the Repository of OfficeUS.



Partners are responsible for the intellectual and creative production of OfficeUS. OfficeUS will function within the context of a global network of collaborators including five external rotating onsite experts. Throughout the six months of its operation more than 300 experts in architecture, engineering, policy, politics, philosophy and the arts will participate in the office’s activities.



Each partner will receive a $15,000 stipend for the six-month period. Housing assistance will be provided.



An open, national, jury will be organized by the curators to select prizewinners. Jury members are prominent members of the discipline and drawn from all regions of the country. The jury convenes in January and finalists may be required to come to New York at OfficeUS’s expense for interviews. Winners will be announced in early February.



Applicants must submit the following:

- Application form (Annex #1, which can be downloaded on the upper right corner of this page)

- Letter of intent describing the applicant’s strengths and position in relation to contemporary architectural practice. (2-page maximum)

- CV: 5 pages maximum

- Portfolio (20 pages maximum)

- $50 application fee


All applicants must submit both a paper and a digital copy.


Send a bound hard copy to:


c/o Storefront for Art and Architecture

611 Broadway #634

Applications must be postmarked by December 2, 2013


Email a digital copy of the application as a single pdf, less than 20MB to:

principal.officeus@storefrontnews.org  with the subject “Application”

Digital applications must be submitted by midnight, December 2, 2013




• Applicants must have a professional degree or equivalent in Architecture, Landscape Architecture or Urban Design.

• Applicants must have graduated in the last 15 years.

• Applicants must be proficient in written and spoken English.



Deadline to Submit Questions>>>>>>>>>>>>>>October 15, 2013
Common Answers Publication on Website>>>>>November 1, 2013
Competition Submission Deadline>>>>>>>>>>>December 2, 2013

Interviews>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>January 2014
Winner Announcement>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Mid-February, 2014
Partner Work Period>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>May 23 –November 23, 2014



Younger than Storefront: Five-Day Artist Residencies

Friday September 20, 2013 – Wednesday December 4, 2013

Call for People (Under 30): Artist Residencies

Younger than Storefront: Five-Day Artist Residencies
Cameron Blaylock and Dolan Morgan. Photo by Miguel de Guzmán. imagensubliminal.com.


11 contemporary portfolios

Five-Day Residencies

From October 11, 2013 – January 14, 2014


Week 01 / Oct 15-19

“Junk Mail Machine”

Elliott P. Montgomery and Chris Woebken


Week 02 / Oct 22-26


Brett Beyer


Week 03 / Oct 29 – Nov 2


Di Fang


Week 04 / Nov 5 – 9

"Word bites picture"

Katya Tylevich


Week 05 / Nov 12 – 16

“The Weathermen Turn Themselves In”

Dolan Morgan and Cameron Blaylock 


Week 06 / Nov 19 – 23



Week 07-08 / Nov 26 –Dec 7

No residency


Week 09 / Dec 10-14

"Expanded Objects for Shared Living"

Miryana Todorova


Week 10 / Dec 17-21

"anachronistic drift"

studio nāv


“Making Being Doing”

Nick Axel


Week 11 / Jan 7-11

“Architectural Cliff”

Andrew Kovacs


Week 12 / Jan 14-18

"Station Model: 10012"

Lauren Thorson

For updates on each week's residency, visit Facebook / Twitter / Flickr.






About Younger than Storefront       




Being under 30 is not only a fact, it is also a state of mind. Storefront for Art and Architecture launched a call for 11 people under 30 whose work would benefit from being exposed through a five-day residency at the Storefront Gallery. As part of the exhibition Being, an exhibition that looks into the history of Storefront as a place to amplify, question, unveil, connect, disrupt, merge, react and experiment with individuals, ideas and things from the past 30 years, Storefront sought 11 individuals whose work represents contemporary radical positions.


CONTEXT OF THE RESIDENCY: Being engages with nine actions that reflect Storefront’s mission and how it operates. By creating a series of rooms addressing each of these actions, the installation designed by Bittertang gives understanding to the mechanisms, methodologies and aspirations of an institution dedicated to the production of radical and alternative practices while inviting and enabling the visitor to act. From a waterbed of unfulfilled dreams (containing unsuccessful grant applications, unrealized exhibition proposals or unfulfilled conversations and encounters) where visitors can dream themselves, to a compilation of instructions on how to disrupt the neighborhood, to a TV Broadcast studio installed in the basement that unveils relevant contemporary issues through weekly broadcasts, the exhibition aims to bring together all the individuals invested in the discussion and production of alternative work to propose new ways of action.


PARTICIPATION: The artists-in-residence have the opportunity to live, work and play in Storefront’s Gallery for five days during the exhibition. The artists-in-residence work in the corner space of the gallery at Kenmare and Cleveland, which is exposed to the street and will be open to gallery visitors and passersby. Artists-in-residence are expected to adapt to the temperature and weather changes that will take place throughout the course of the exhibition. Artists-in-residence are expected to fully document their work through digital photography and or video and to provide updates to Sf staff on their progress daily for public dissemination through social media. Artists may be asked to participate in public events produced in conjunction with the exhibition.


COMPENSATION: All artists receive a $100 fee and a studio space to develop their project within the Storefront exhibition. All completed works produced during the residency will be placed in the exhibition by the curators.


WHAT WE SEARCHED FOR: Storefront looked for artists/architects/writers and citizens at large or collectives younger than Storefront, who are interested in engaging in a storefront setting to disseminate their work and mission.


Applications are now closed.


Being is a part of the Critical History Project and supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works.


The Critical History Project, a conference, exhibition, film and publication celebrating 30 years of Storefront for Art and Architecture is made possible by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, F.J. Sciame Construction Co., Inc., the Graham Foundation for the Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and through generous contributions from a group of individuals directly supporting 30 years of Storefront including David Adjaye, Claudia Gould, Steven Holl, Steve Incontro, David Joselit, Galia Solomonoff, Mabel Wilson, and Karen Wong.


NYSCA Grants Available

Thursday March 28, 2013 – Saturday April 20, 2013


Independent Projects Grants
Deadline: April 20, 2013

Storefront is pleased to act as a fiscal sponsor for select individuals who wish to apply to the NEW YORK STATE COUNCIL ON THE ARTS for an Independent Projects Award in the Architecture + Design Program for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.  Project grants are available for professionals in the design field through the Independent Projects Category.                        

General Information 
Grants of up to $10,000 are available for architects, landscape architects, graphic designers, fashion designers, industrial designers, and interior designers to creatively explore or research an issue or problem in the design, planning and/or historic preservation fields which advances the design field and contributes to the public's understanding of the built environment. The category seeks projects that are innovative in nature and emphasize the artistry of design excellence.  

Prerequisites for applying through Storefront  

New York State resident with New York State address (please note there are required documents that will need to be submitted with your final application to verify residency: http://www.nysca.org/public/guidelines/individual_artists/index.htm

Practicing architecture, design and/or historic preservation professional 

You may not be applying for another NYSCA project with another team or with another fiscal sponsor organization. 


Ineligible Projects include:


  • Student projects  
  • Projects by visual artists  
  • Projects that request NYSCA funds for out-of-state travel expenses. (Please note out-of-state travel expenses may be involved in your project; however, you should be prepared to note how you will cover these expenses with funds outside of NYSCA.) 



For more information about this funding opportunity and application instructions, see the Architecture + Design Program's guidelines for the Independent Projects Category on the New York State Council on the Arts' web site,

ht tp:// nysca.org/public/guidelines/architecture/independent_projects.htm  

NYSCA Independent Projects Application Instructions 

Please note individuals who do not follow instructions for submission as listed will not be considered. 


April 20, 2013 
Request for Proposals 
If you are interested in applying through Storefront for NYSCA funding, please answer all questions in the application form available on the right corner of this webpage and email  km@storefrontnews.org  answers to each question. Applications should be submitted in a word document with the email subject line "NYSCA Independent Project Application Request" by midnight on April 20th to be considered. Please note selected individuals will be asked to submit additional application information by May 10, 2013.  By submitting an application form, individuals agree to submit additional application materials requested to Storefront by this date. 

April 25, 2013 
Storefront will select 20 projects from the RFP to apply for support through NYSCA. Individuals and projects selected to receive sponsorship from Storefront will be notified by April 25, 2013 and will be required to submit additional information. If your project is not selected; you are free to apply with another organization, should you choose.  

May 10, 2013 
Storefront will email all registered applicants to request additional information to complete a full application. This will include a additional project information, a detailed budget and support materials.  

November 2013 

In recent years, NYSCA has made grant reward annoncements in November.  Should your project receive funding, you will be contacted and required to submit to Storefront a W9 to receive funds. Funds will be distributed as they are received.

September 2014
Final Report 
Funded applicants will be required to submit a final project report to NYSCA in September 2014. Storefront will coordinate final report submission with recipients as necessary.   



Monday March 25, 2013 – Thursday April 11, 2013



Ideas City Festival 2013: Untapped Capital


On Nothingness / On Somethingness


On Somethingness:

A traffic jam + a dating agency + a carpooling project = Great time with less carbon footprint

On Nothingness:

A traffic jam + recording machine + chairs = Concerto Piece



Untapped Capital is synonymous with innovation. To innovate is to identify and create new opportunities where no one saw them before. On Somethingness/On Nothingness was a one-day event which took place on Saturday, May 4th during the Ideas City Festival that brought into the public a different way to organize and perceive the world around us. Either by remixing existing conditions in new forms or by unveiling invisible forces, On Somethingness/On Nothingness offered to the public a new catalog of Untapped Capital for the future of cities and citizens.


On May 4th at the Sara D. Roosevelt Park, within the footprint of the StreetFest and as part of the 2013 Ideas City Festival, Storefront for Art and Architecture presented a daylong series of performances and talks by artists, architects and citizens at large that attempted to bring new ways of understanding, perceiving and acting on the city that surrounds us.


For this daylong event, Storefront invited individuals and collectives to submit proposals for one of the two complementary projects presented as part of the IDEAS CITY 2013:  The Spacebuster: On Nothingness, and The Speechbuster: On Somethingness. On Nothingness allows for noise, confusion and illegibility, to see something there where others see nothing. On Somethingness brought people together around subjects and ideas with which we are all familiar in inventive ways, including folklore, technology, recycling, or other resourceful ways. To view the full Call for Projects, please click on the link to the right of this page.


The Call for Projects is now closed.  


Selected artists to present projects include: 

On Nothingness
Chris Woebken & Daniel Goddemeyer
Andrea Haeng & Robert Neuwi
On Somethingness
Martin Rosengaard
Nina Milkove Iliena
Tsvetelina Churalska



The 2013 iteration of IDEAS CITY, the biennial festival created to explore the future city and to effect change, will take place in downtown New York from May 1-4, 2013.  The theme for IDEAS CITY 2013 is Untapped Capital.  Rather than focusing on deficits, IDEAS CITY 2013 will encourage intensive examination of surplus resources that may be under-recognized or underutilized: Untapped Capital.  There are many ways of thinking about what might define "untapped capital," ranging from people and raw materials, to ideas, networks, varied resources, and modes of communication. The topic of Untapped Capital provides a touchstone for alternative thinking about new methodologies, new solutions, and new goals.


Storefront for Art and Architecture is one of the Ideas City Festival Executive Committee institutions with the New Museum, The Architectural League, the Poetry Bowery Club, the Drawing Center and NYU Wagner. 


Competition of Competitions

Thursday February 21, 2013 – Thursday August 15, 2013

Redefining Briefs, Clients and Agents

Competition of Competitions
Competition of Competitions


Redefining Briefs, Clients and Agents

by Storefront for Art and Architecture for the AAAI! *

//////Competition Results will be announced on April 29, 2014 at the opening of Letters to the Mayor, an exhibition at Storefont's gallery//////



Throughout history, competitions have constructed a relationship of servitude between architects and the structures of economic, political and cultural power.


The competition brief has served as the initial document for the manifestation of desires either through programmatic, economic or formal needs. Often, the role of the architect has been reduced to answer a question that someone else has asked. In exceptional occasions, the architect’s ability to reinvent and produce new desires has occurred in the form of rebellion against the brief. In an act of bravura, architects have broken the rules, driven by the pure belief that the real needs were contained outside of the given principles.


Given competitions operate in a confined space for experimentation, they have perpetuated and sometimes repeated ad nauseam a series of programmatic and social needs – from Museums to Concert Halls - without actually asking what needs of society architecture should aspire to serve.


This competition claims that the true desires of our present society are outside of the current taxonomy of competition briefs and that architects should be participants in the construction of the questions they are asked to answer.


If a competition is the articulation of society’s desires in space, what new desires should we consider? What are the questions of our time that we should be asking to architects, urban planners and policy makers to redefine the way in which we build our cities and territories? What underrepresented spaces, individuals or collectives need to be explored? And, what are the agents, authorities or organizations from which the competitions should be promoted?


The intention of “The Competition of Competitions” is to provide and deliver new and relevant forms of engagement and content to the economic, politic and social systems that currently act as the voice of authority for the development of our cities. “Competition of Competitions” asks architects, artists, economists, philosophers, writers, and citizens at large to create interdisciplinary teams to formulate the questions of our time and define the agents that should pursue the task to ask and commission the visions for the future in the form of a competition brief.


Participants are to rethink the format, content and agent/s that constitute the basis for the way competitions and commissions are organized.



This is a conceptually based bureaucratic competition. The scales or sites of operation that each submission might choose to engage has no limits and should be specified by each participant in the brief.


DELIVERABLES: How to write your brief.

Each entry will be able to define the necessary elements for the articulation of the competition brief. Each submission should not be longer than 10 one-sided pages, including text, images and/or drawings.


The following points summarize the general parameters to be addressed throughout the brief. When not applicable or appropriate, applicants might decide to respond differently to the following requirements.


1. Title: List the title and, if desired, subtitle of the competition.

2. Political Agent: Describe the individual, corporation, organization or collective (real or fictional) in charge of organizing or commissioning the proposed competition. Please provide the CV or mission statement of the organizing entity or individual.

3. User-Subject: Describe the individual, corporation, organization or collective (real or fictional) to whom the competition brief is addressed.

4. What: State a general description of the competition. This might include, but is not limited to, ideological, programmatic, material or formal principles.

5. Scale: Delimit the competition site (physical or conceptual)

6. Deliverables: Enumerate the necessary documents to be produced to establish a proper judgment of the future possible entries.

7. Temporality: List the start date, deadline, phases, schedule, etc.

8. Economics: Outline the prize[s] and budgetary constraints, if any.

9. Rules/Laws: State the competition rules. Briefs might respond to current laws or might assume the creation of new laws, rules or regulations of existing or fictional governing authorities. Submissions should specify, if necessary, the applicable rules the brief needs to obey.

10. Eligibility: State entrant’s eligibility. Requirements for entry need to specify who can and cannot participate. Please, specify conflicts of interest or any other policies applicable.

11. Jury members: Indicate individual names or generic categories with brief descriptions.

12. Evaluation guidelines: Indicate the criteria used to evaluate the entries.

13. Questions: Establish formats of communication between the organizing entity and the entrants.

14. Registration: Define the protocols of subscription and entry.

15. Anonymity: Address the notion of authorship, recognition and identity by identifying the mode in which authors might or might not be identified.


Once payment and registration form have been received, entries must be submitted in 2 formats:

1. Through an online platfrom (link provided after registration)

2. By sending a pdf file of no more than 10 pages.



Competition launch: February 22, 2013

Early registration: March 22, 2013, 5pm EST [50 USD]

Late registration: August 15, 2013 [100 USD]

Relevant Questions: Answers will be published periodically

Final Submissions: August 30, 2013



First Prize 2,000 USD

Second Prize 1,000 USD

Third Prize 500 USD

7 Honorable Mentions

1 Storefront Special Prize


The jury will select 10 projects (3 Prizes and 7 Honorable Mentions) and a Storefront Special Prize: “The Competition of Competitions of Competitions Prize.” All selected projects will be publicized and given support to reach the pertinent agents and authorities.


The Special Storefront Prize “Competition of Competitions of Competitions” will be awarded to a Competition Brief that resonates with Storefront’s mission. The recipients of the Special Storefront Prize will be commissioned to organize and run the submitted competition as part of the 2014 Storefront for Art and Architecture program calendar.



1. All submissions should be sent in English. Please, provide translation footnotes if native language is deemed necessary at points within the submission.

2. There is no limit to the number of submissions a given organization, team, or individual may submit, but each submission must be registered separately and be accompanied by a unique Identification Number and separate registration fee payment.

3. No entrant shall receive or be entitled to receive any payment as a result of a submission or for granting the promoters any right here in or associated with the competition except an award pursuant to the rules herein.

4. All registration fees are non-refundable and nontransferable.

5. Ineligible participants include any staff or directives of SFAA (Storefront for Art and Architecture) or of AAAI*, any jury members and direct employees or relatives.

6. Storefront for Art and Architecture has the right to publish without prior consent all materials submitted to this competition.

7. Submissions shall not be published or made public until a final decision by the jury is made public.

8. By entering the Competition, any and all entrants, and where applicable, their predecessors, successors, assigns, heirs, officers, directors, attorneys, agents, affiliates, parents, subsidiaries, employees, shareholders, and any other person or entity similarly situated, agree in full to these Rules and Brief.



1. All submitting teams must be at least formed by 2 people (real or fictional).

2. Each submitting team must have at least two people from the following disciplines: economy, philosophy, architecture, anthropology or art history.

3. Additional team members from other disciplines, ways of life and expertise are encouraged.



The decision of the jury shall be final and binding on all parties, and no disputes shall be entertained.

The jury might declare the competition deserted and reject any and all proposals received in response to this competition.

The jury might waive or modify any irregularities in proposals received or any other aspect of this competition.



Submissions will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

· Difficulty: Originality, innovation and risk.

· Style: Thoroughness, clarity and consistency.



Registration is now closed.



Competitors must not communicate with the jury about the competition in any way until a public announcement of the winners is made.




* “Association Against Architectural Irrelevance!” is a fictional association still to be founded that defends the role of architects in contemporary society.







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