The Battery Conservancy, one of New York City’s oldest public parks, is hosting a three phase design competition using WizeHive’s contest management software. Currently in the first phase, the Draw up a Chair competition is accepting submissions until October 30, 2012. Submissions are accepted on The Battery Conservancy’s website, through WizeHive Competition Software.
From November to the end of the year, the competition will then move into a second phase. This phase includes jury selection, exhibition and prototype development of the chairs in the competition. The final phase of the competition includes winner selection, fabrication and installation of the chairs. Imagine designing a chair for use at The Battery, a 25-acre park that annually welcomes six million visitors.
We wouldn’t expect anything less from a design competition, but The Battery Conservancy’s website is beautiful. If you are thinking about running a competition, contest or awards program, it’s worth taking a look at the submission form to give you an idea of how great it can be. We love this competition so much, we wanted to share a little more about it from The Battery Conservancy’s website:
Why a Moveable Chair?
As the great urban theorist William Holly Whyte discovered: “Chairs enlarge choice: to move into the sun, out of it, to make room for groups, move away from them. If you know you can move if you want to, you feel more comfortable staying put.” The Battery’s movable chairs will delight while they invite, animating the park and making it Downtown’s central meeting place.
Why a Design Competition?
It is an opportunity to excite and challenge the academic and professional industrial design communities to produce a new era in public outdoor furniture. It demonstrates The Battery Conservancy’s commitment to bring exceptional design into the daily lives of its visiting public. It is The Conservancy’s intent that the competition will inspire other cities throughout the Americas to do the same.