street seats competition

Street Seats: Urban Benches for Vibrant Cities

Submission: May 11, 2018
Registration:  May 11, 2018
Language: English
Location: Portland, USA
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Ideas competitions


Calling all designers, architects, makers, builders, artists, and creatives: New international design challenge for a public outdoor bench exhibition! Designers, whether individual or in teams, are invited to design a sustainable, outdoor park bench with a focus on reuse, using environmentally-friendly materials and innovative construction methods. Semi-Finalist teams will fabricate their unique bench designs to be featured in an outdoor public design exhibition at the World Trade Center Portland in August of 2018.

Submission Guidelines:
The Jury will base its scoring on the following considerations:
• Sustainable design using recycled, reclaimed, and/or renewable materials
• Aesthetically pleasing
• Innovative design and construction
• Safe for outdoor public use
• Must fit within bench envelope (30’’ x 72’’ x 48’’)
• Seat at least 2 people – hold 600 lbs of weight at various seating positions
• Suitable for outdoor use (durable, robust, weatherproof, etc)
• Stable and securable at the site once installed
• Depth and quality of design process documentation

Schedule at a Glance:
• January 18: Applications Open
• March 16: Early Bird Registration Deadline
• May 11: Final Deadline, 11:59pm PDT
• June 8: Semi-Finalists Announcement
• August 2: Exhibition Opening in Portland, Oregon


Early Registration (January 18 – March 16, 2018), General Registration (March 17 – May 11, 2018)


Three finalists will receive trophies, promotion and media coverage, a feature in the Design Museum Magazine, as well as cash prizes. Grand prize (1 entry): US$5,000 cash prize. Runners-up (2 entries) will each receive a US$2,000 cash prize.

Go to the competition’s website