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Proposal: Common Build: A community design-build competition

Saturday, May 8, 2010 | Posted by Alex
Valerie Fontana

Describe your project.
I represent a local volunteer-based organization called Common Boston. For the last 4 years, the organization has hosted a festival week that celebrates community and architecture in the many neighborhoods of Boston.

The mission: “Expanding public awareness of the Boston area’s built environment through interactive programs; encouraging collaboration between design professionals and the people who use those designs; promoting good citizenship and action towards a better, more sustainable and equitable urban environment.”

This will be Common Boston’s second annual design-build competition, and will be presented in partnership with LostInBoston (lostinboston.org) and the Center for Future Civic Media at MIT. The 3-day event will take place from June 17 to June 20, at a to-be-announced site in Boston.

Design/build teams will be challenged to improve wayfinding within and between neighborhoods and to make our communities more pedestrian-friendly. By encouraging participants to design and implement projects that will raise awareness of the built environment, improve way-finding, and inspire connections across the urban fabric, the competition will challenge questions related to orientation, “place-making,” and connectivity between Boston’s neighborhoods.

How will you use Feast funding?
We would use it to support the competing teams and awards them for their participation. Teams will fund their own projects (materials) and will rally to meet with community “partners,” come up with a design, and build & install it on their site—all within 72 hours. We hope to offer the “grand prize” of funding the permanent installation of a winning design for the community and we would dedicate the Feast funds to that end.

If you win, what is the expected status of your project by the time of the next Feast?
These projects will remain on-site (a prominent, high traffic site downtown), for the duration of the Common Boston festival week. The public will be invited to watch for free and tour them and even “vote on their favorite.”

“Our project” will be complete June 25th, 2010, when the winners of the competition are announced at an evening awards ceremony. There will be a lot of documentation of the whole process to share with guests at the next Feast.

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