Submission: September 01, 2017
Registration: September 01, 2017
Location: Buffalo, NY, USA
Prizes: Please see details below
This is an Open, Two-stage, Design Competition to design, construct, and install a contemporary book shelter in underprivileged neighborhoods in Buffalo, NY.
DESIGN AND FABRICATION EXPECTATIONS
Design/Build entrants will be responsible for all design, material selection, and fabrication of one Little Free Library® within the defined schedule. Multiple design concepts from a single entrant will first be judged against each other to select the strongest and then against other entries to maintain as diverse an inventory of libraries as possible. This does not preclude a situation wherein a multiple entrant may be asked to make more than one library, however, each entrant with multiple designs should indicate their ability to fabricate more than one library within the timeframe given.
Traditional, custom-built, high quality, prefinished libraries are available for purchase (as a fundraiser) from the Little Free Library® organization within a price range of $300 to $500; unfinished or some assembly required libraries are available for as little as $165. Entrants are asked to include an estimate of the total cost of their designs with a target budget of $300. Buffalo Architecture Foundation is hoping to select and install up to 10 designs, so the more cost efficient the design can be, the more libraries we can afford to install. As additional funding becomes available this value may increase.
AIA MEMBERS: $25
NON-AIA MEMBERS: $35
MULTIPLE ENTRIES: $15/EACH
Entry Fees are non-refundable and tax deductible to the greatest extent allowed by law. All fees will be used to defray the costs of the building materials and any proceeds (less incidental administrative costs) will be donated to the Buffalo Architecture Foundation in support of their Service and Educational Programs. If not submitting online, please make checks or money orders payable to the Buffalo Architecture Foundation.
Each design team will receive $300 to build and install its library.
RIBBON CUTTING, EXHIBITION AND PUBLICATION
BAF intends for each library to be a permanent installation.
BAF will publish regular updates on the competition via email, on their website, on Facebook and Twitter, and to local press. Whenever possible, participants will be referenced by name and any provided images will be shared.
Buffalo Architecture Foundation, in conjunction with competition sponsors, will invite entrants to a formal ribbon cutting ceremony at one of the installed libraries. BAF intends to promote this event with local press and will thank all parties involved in its success including all selected entrants.
A commemorative photo book including written descriptions of each library, photos of the design and construction process, along with the installed finished product will be made available for sale during and following the event. Entrants may pre-order a book at a reduced price with entry submission.
Competition Opens: June 5, 2017
Submissions Due: September 1, 2017
Winners Notified: October 1, 2017
Design Duration (3 months): October 2017 thru December 2018
Construction Duration (4 months): January 2017 thru April 2018
Installation: Any time after completion but no later than May 1, 2018
Ribbon Cutting: Late May/early June 2018