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AIA SPP Small Project Design Competition: The Pop-up Project

The AIA Small Project Practitioners invites architects and architecture students to submit design ideas to the 2014 SPP Small Project Design Competition. In this unique design competition, submitters are asked to re-imagine the standard farmer’s market canopy pop-up booth.

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Frequently asked questions are addressed below. Additional enquiries may be directed to spp@aia.org.

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About the Competition

Farmers markets across the United States are popping up as fast as pop-up tents. In 2010, the U.S. Department of Agriculture put the number of markets at more than 6,100—a 16 percent increase over the 2009 count. Most of these markets feature delectable produce sold by friendly vendors under a hodgepodge of well-worn tents.

Chicago is a FOOD city. It has thousands of restaurants and a very active and influential “foodie” community. Mix in the growing “local” food movement, and you have created a very vibrant food culture in Chicago. Throughout the Spring, Summer and Fall, the streets are full of street festivals and farmer’s markets where local producers sell their harvest.

These markets occur all over, often in dense areas with little to no green space, where a neighborhood street is blocked off for an evening or a day, allowing local farmers to set up their wares under the cover of a bland, nondescript white vinyl pop up canopy.

Design Problem

This year’s design problem is to design AND build a better pop-up canopy.

Street fairs and farmer’s markets are full of the simple, generic 8’-0” x 8’-0” or 10’-0” x 10’-0” white canopies. The structures are light and portable, which also means that vendors have to get creative when they anchor them to the ground (no stakes allowed). And most vendors can’t afford a custom tent, so they are all white, with flimsy signage.

The proposed design solution should consider the following:

    1. Standard size – 8’-0” x 8’-0”

    2. Maximum height of 8’-0”

    3. Protect the user and her/his wares from the elements

    4. Easy to put up and take down – with 1-2 people

    5. Will not blow away or tip over due to rain, wind, etc.

    6. Does not require attachment to the ground

    7. Easy to carry for one person when disassembled

    8. Easy to brand including places for signage and logos

    9. Cost effective to build or purchase – construction budget of $500.00

Submissions should also consider the target users philosophy of sustainability and local sourcing.

Recognition

Winners will be announced in March 2014 and will be expected to build and then assemble the winning design in Chicago where it will be displayed at the convention center, or nearby, during the 2014 AIA National Convention in Chicago IL – June 26-28. A travel stipend and construction budget will be provided.

Award winning projects will be recognized in AIA publications and electronic media, including the SPP Journal and website.

The winning design will be donated to the local non-for-profit partner, Growing Home Chicago, for use by their clients and program participants.

Prizes

    1. $500.00 to construct the winning design prototype for display in Chicago

    2. One round-trip airline ticket, up to $600.00 in value, to the 2014 AIA National Convention in Chicago – from anywhere within the continental United States. If the winner lives within driving distance or train distance from Chicago, or otherwise cannot use a plane ticket, s/he may elect to receive the alternate prize of free admission to the AIA National Convention in Chicago for one person.

    3. Hotel accommodation, for one person, in host hotel for three nights – June 25th, 26th and 27th

    4. Publication of winning design in SPP Journal

    5. Winning design to be showcased at the convention center

Eligibility

This Design Competition is open to architects, associate architects, and architecture students, with the following exclusions:

    • Any person whose relationship to a juror might affect the juror’s impartiality in carrying out his/her responsibilities. These include, but are not limited to, members and employees of juror’s firm, close business associates or jurors, juror’s students, close relatives of jurors, and any employee of the AIA or any AIA component.

    • Entries shall not have been previously published in any competition publication, whether printed, online or otherwise.

    • Entries shall not have been selected as finalists, winner, honorable mention, etc. in any other competition.

If the design is submitted from a team of people, all team members must be identified on the concealed identification form.

2014 Deadline & Entry Fee

The deadline for submission completion is March 21, 2014 before 5:00 PM Eastern.

Competition Timeline

December 9, 2013 / Competition begins – online submissions site open
March 21, 014 / Competition submission site closes
April 25, 2014 / Winners is announced
June 25, 2014 / Winning design is erected at the AIA 2014 National Convention

All deadlines are strictly observed.

The non-refundable entry fee for this program is $75.00.

Submission Criteria

Carefully review the 2014 Submission Walkthrough before submitting your payment. You CANNOT go back and edit your entry once submitted. Gather all necessary materials before beginning your submission, including a signed Concealed ID form.

The proposed design solution should consider the following:

    1. Standard size – 8’-0” x 8’-0”

    2. Maximum height of 8’-0”

    3. Protect the user and her/his wares from the elements

    4. Easy to put up and take down – with 1-2 people

    5. Will not blow away or tip over due to rain, wind, etc.

    6. Does not require attachment to the ground

    7. Easy to carry for one person when disassembled

    8. Easy to brand including places for signage and logos

    9. Cost effective to build or purchase – construction budget of $500.00

Submissions should also consider the target users philosophy of sustainability and local sourcing.

Upload Requirements

Carefully review the required project and submission information and the required upload materials before submitting your payment. You cannot go back and edit your submission, and no refunds will be issued for submissions that are disqualified, late, or incomplete.

Required Information and Files

    • Written description of design solution – 250 words or less, describing your design solution

    • One (1) presentation board (24”x36”) portrait oriented at 150dpi in PDF format and saved as a single PDF file less than 10MB in size. To ensure legibility in jurying and publications, all fonts must be 18 point or larger.

    • The board must contain the following material:

    Plan, Elevations or Perspectives, Section, Anchoring detail, Assembly and dis-assembly diagram, Carrying representation, Construction cost breakdown, Material selections

    • One (1) high resolution IMAGE which represents your submission best.

    • A completed concealed identification form identifying and describing the design team. Provide contact information on each member.

    • Entry fee, per submission, of $75.00

Judging Criteria

The jury will review the submission and select the finalists based on these criteria:

  • Compliance with all submission requirements
  • Adherence to the design parameters
  • Aesthetic merit
  • Constructability and suitability of design for intended use

Decisions of Jury are final.

Questions may be directed to spp@aia.org.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

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Do I have to start and finish my submission in one session?

Yes. You must complete your submission in one session. You can start your submission any time before the deadline date of 5:00 pm Eastern Time on March 21st, 2014.

How will I know my submission has been received?

Upon submitting your entry, you will receive a confirmation e-mail message containing your submission details.

What should I do if I did not receive a confirmation e-mail containing my submission details?

First, check your junk mail folder – the most likely problem is that your spam filter sent the e-mail from spp@aia.org to your junk mail. You should change your account settings to accept future e-mail from us. If it did not go into your junk mail folder, please contact spp@aia.org for assistance.

Can pushing/pulling the package on wheels be considered easily transported?

Yes, this is permitted. The brief states ‘easily carried by one person’. As long as the structure can feasibly be transported and erected by a single farmer, it is eligible for the competition. If you have considered special arrangements for transport and construction of your structure,or would like to justify a particular design choice concerning transportation, please make note of it in your design brief which accompanies your submission.

Should we assume the customer enters the ‘front’ of the structure only?

Yes, the structures are assumed to be side by side with no space in-between for customer access.

Is the 8’ height limitation only for the perimeter edge/eave or does it include the entire structure?

The 8’ height limitation applies to the entire structure.

COMPETITION JURY

The Jury will be made up of four (4) members: 2 licensed architects, a farmer, and a member of the partner non-profit:

Jean Dufresne, AIA
SPACE Architects + Planners

Katherine Darnstadt, AIA
Latent Design

Alex & Allison Needham
Radical Root Farm

Tim Murakami
Growing Home Inc.

Questions may be directed to spp@aia.org.

Competition Point-of-Contact:
Ann Harris
Manager, Knowledge Communities

1735 New York Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20006
202.626.7384
annharris@aia.org

spp@aia.org

 

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