Folly 2016

Submission: January 25, 2016
Registration: January 25, 2016
Language: English
Location: Long Island City, USA
Prizes: $10,000 production grant
Type: Open


Socrates Sculpture Park and The Architectural League invite emerging architects and designers to submit proposals for Folly, an annual design/build program in early summer 2016 leading to a durable installation at Socrates.

Socrates Sculpture Park and The Architectural League invite designers and architects to help shape the physical setting in which the park fulfills its mission as an environment for art, creative expression, social programming, and education. Socrates, located in Long Island City, Queens, is distinctive for its combination of waterfront setting, accessibility, and community-driven programs.

In previous years the Folly program investigated the intersection between sculpture and architecture with temporary structures that intentionally served no utilitarian purpose. This year, marking the program’s 5th and the park’s 30th anniversaries, the competition instead asks entrants to fuse form with utility, creating designs that explore the intersection of art and architecture while durably addressing and improving the conditions of the park.

The site for this year’s Folly program is focused on the “education corridor” along the southwest edge of the park, comprised of a covered open-air and tented education workspace that is fronted by greenspace and a concrete road barrier.

Entrants should propose designs / improvements for elements within the education area, specifically addressing at least one of the following:

  • Design / improve and build a new covering for the open-air education workspace. The covering protects workshop participants from inclement weather and extreme heat.
  • Design / green-scape and build a barrier to separate the entry driveway from the education corridor. This structural barrier system should incorporate soft-scaping that can be perennial or seasonal.
  • Design / build small-scale, visually explicit systems for the education area, which could include a solar lighting system, a small greenhouse for educational programs, a rainwater catch basin system for irrigation, or other such elements.

The project must respond to, and be consistent with, the park’s infrastructure. Adaptive reuse of existing structure or materials can be incorporated.

One project will be chosen. The recipient will receive a total $10,000 production grant to realize the proposed project. All aspects including design, materials, delivery, labor, and installation must be within the $10,000 budget. The recipient will also have full access to the resources and fabrication facilities of Socrates’ outdoor studio for fabrication, assembly, and installation during a two-month residency at the park, beginning in May 2016. The completed project is tentatively scheduled to open to the public in July 2016. The project will be documented with a digital catalog.

Jarrod Beck, artist and 2012 Emerging Artist Fellow
Stella Betts, LEVENBETTS
Lauren Crahan, Freecell Architecture
John Hatfield, Executive Director of Socrates Sculpture Park
Giuseppe Lignano, LOT-EK

The Folly selection process is competitive. In 2015, we received nearly 170 applications. A jury of architects, artists, and art professionals will select a single project to be realized within the grounds of Socrates Sculpture Park. Proposals must include the following components, which must be formatted as instructed below and emailed to folly@archleague.org no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, January 25, 2015.

    Include a cover sheet with name, mailing address, telephone number, email, project title, and a single paragraph of not more than 150 words summarizing your proposed project. Please indicate on your cover sheet whether you previously submitted a proposal for Folly. If you are applying as a team, please include the names and emails for each team member and identify one team member as the Lead Contact.
    Submit a project proposal of up to 1,000 words that clearly describes the project and its relationship to the theme of the architectural folly and function AND offers a description of how the project fits within the financial parameters. A preliminary budget should be included that identifies expenses and demonstrates feasibility within the $10,000 production grant, and applicants are strongly encouraged to include renderings and sketches of the proposed project.
    The resume/CV should include information about your education; work and teaching experience; (if applicable) exhibition history; awards, grants, and residencies; and other relevant information. Provide the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of two people who are familiar with your work.
    Up to seven (7) digital images of recent work. (These images are in addition to images submitted as part of the project proposal.) Recent works may be built or proposed in any medium. An image script with a numbered list that corresponds to the submitted images should also be included. For each image, include the title, date and a brief description of the work.

Application Format and Deadline
The application package should be submitted as a single PDF (8 1/2″ x 11″ page) of not more than 25 single-sided pages and 15 megabytes, emailed to folly@archleague.org no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on January 25, 2016. Please put the project title in the subject line of the email.

Architects and designers are invited to apply. Applications will be accepted from individuals and firms; entrants need not be licensed. Architects and designers outside of New York City are eligible to apply, but housing and transportation are not provided with the award.

Applicants may email questions to folly@archleague.org. All questions and answers will be posted on The Architectural League’s and Socrates Sculpture Park’s websites.

Folly, a partnership of Socrates Sculpture Park and The Architectural League of New York, is made possible through a generous grant from the Graham Foundation for the Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

Socrates Sculpture Park’s Exhibition Program is also supported by the generosity of Bloomberg Philanthropies, Charina Endowment Fund, Mark di Suvero, Sidney E. Frank Foundation, Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation, Agnes Gund, Lambent Foundation, Ivana Mestrovic, Plant Specialists, Shelley and Donald Rubin, Spacetime C. C., and Robert and Christine Stiller.

This program is funded, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. Special thanks to our public partners, including the City of New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Queens Borough President Melinda R. Katz, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, City Council Members Jimmy Van Bramer and Costa Constantinides, the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, Commissioner Mitchell Silver, and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl.

Go to the competition’s website