Call for Proposals: Folly 2013

Socrates Sculpture Park and the Architectural League invite architects and designers to apply for Folly, a design/build studio residency (March-May 2013) leading to an exhibition at Socrates (tentatively opening May-June 2013).

Socrates Sculpture Park and the Architectural League of New York invite emerging architects and designers to apply for the opportunity to build and exhibit a full-scale project around the theme of an architectural folly. This residency was established to explore the intersections between architecture and sculpture and the increasing overlaps in references, concepts, and techniques between the two disciplines.

Socrates and the League welcome proposals for large-scale projects and installations that explore contemporary interpretations of the architectural folly. Especially popular among the Romantics of the 18th and 19th centuries, architectural follies are small-scale structures, which often have no discernible purpose and are placed within a garden or landscape as a means to draw the eye to specific points or to frame a view. A jury of architects, artists, and arts administrators will select a single project to be realized within the grounds of Socrates Sculpture Park. The recipient will receive a $5,000 production grant to fund the project, as well as full access to the resources and fabrication facilities of Socrates Sculpture Park’s outdoor studio during a two-month residency at the Park, beginning in March 2013. Administrative support for additional fundraising and securing in-kind contributions, if necessary, will also be available. The completed project is tentatively scheduled to open to the public in early June 2013 with an accompanying electronic publication.

Last year, Curtain, a project conceived by architects Jerome W Haferd and K Brandt Knapp, was selected from 115 submissions. Their project, currently still on view at Socrates (through March 2013), combined minimal structural framing with a mutable plastic chain that bisected the landscape from multiple angles, creating a voluminous and whimsical interior space.

Socrates Sculpture Park is a unique urban waterfront Park located in Queens, NY. Applicants are strongly encouraged to visit Socrates before submitting their applications. Applicants must take into account the site’s rugged, urban outdoor environment and be aware that installations are subject to final approval by Socrates and League staff and must meet safety requirements to be able to withstand the effects of weather and public use. Folly will be sited in the southwest waterfront park space.

To download a site plan indicating the location of Folly within the park, please visit

One project will be chosen. The recipient will receive a $5,000 production grant towards realizing the proposed project. The recipient will also have full access to the studio space and fabrication resources of Socrates Sculpture Park from March to May 2013. The finished project will go on view in Socrates Sculpture Park beginning in June 2013.

Architects and related designers are invited to apply. Applicants do not need to be registered architects. Architects and designers outside of New York City are eligible to apply, but housing and transportation are not provided as part of the award. If selected, non-resident architects will have to make their own living and travel arrangements. Full-time matriculated students are not eligible to apply.

The jury is comprised of Michael Arad, Orly Genger, John Hatfield, Granger Moorhead and Billie Tsien. Project directors are Elissa Goldstone of Socrates Sculpture Park and Gregory Wessner of the Architectural League of New York.

The deadline for submissions is 11:59pm on Monday, January 7, 2013. 

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