Call for Proposals: Folly 2016

Socrates Sculpture Park and The Architectural League invite designers and architects to help shape the physical setting in which the park fulfills its mission as an environment for art, creative expression, social programming, and education. Socrates, located in Long Island City, Queens, is distinctive for its combination of waterfront setting, accessibility, and community-driven programs.

In previous years the Folly program investigated the intersection between sculpture and architecture with temporary structures that intentionally served no utilitarian purpose. This year, marking the program’s 5th and the park’s 30th anniversaries, the competition instead asks entrants to fuse form with utility, creating designs that explore the intersection of art and architecture while durably addressing and improving the conditions of the park.

Socrates Sculpture Park and The Architectural League invite emerging architects and designers to submit proposals for Folly, an annual design/build program in early summer 2016 leading to a durable installation at Socrates.

11:59 p.m. EST
For entry requirements and FAQs, please visit

The site for this year’s Folly program is focused on the “education corridor” along the southwest edge of the park, comprised of a covered open-air and tented education workspace that is fronted by greenspace and a concrete road barrier.

Entrants should propose designs / improvements for elements within the education area, specifically addressing at least one of the following:

• Design / improve and build a new covering for the open-air education workspace. The covering protects workshop participants from inclement weather and extreme heat.

• Design / green-scape and build a barrier to separate the entry driveway from the education corridor. This structural barrier system should incorporate soft-scaping that can be perennial or seasonal.

• Design and build small-scale, visually explicit systems for the education area, which could include a solar lighting system, a small greenhouse for educational programs, a rainwater catch basin system for irrigation, or other such elements.

The project must respond to, and be consistent with, the park’s infrastructure. Adaptive reuse of existing structure or materials can be incorporated.

One project will be chosen. The recipient will receive a total $10,000 production grant to realize the proposed project. All aspects including design, materials, delivery, labor, and installation must be within the $10,000 budget. The recipient will also have full access to the resources and fabrication facilities of Socrates’ outdoor studio for fabrication, assembly, and installation during a two-month residency at the park, beginning in May 2016. The completed project is tentatively scheduled to open to the public in July 2016. The project will be documented with a digital catalog.

Jarrod Beck, artist and 2012 Emerging Artist Fellow
Stella Betts, LEVENBETTS
Lauren Crahan, Freecell Architecture
John Hatfield, Executive Director of Socrates Sculpture Park
Giuseppe Lignano, LOT-EK

Applications should be emailed to no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, January 25, 2016. For entry requirements and FAQs, please visit

Architects and designers are invited to apply. Applications will be accepted from individuals and firms; entrants need not be licensed. Architects and designers outside of New York City are eligible to apply, but housing and transportation are not provided with the award.

Email questions to

Folly, a partnership of Socrates Sculpture Park and The Architectural League of New York, is made possible through a generous grant from the Graham Foundation for the Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

Socrates Sculpture Park’s Exhibition Program is also supported by the generosity of Bloomberg Philanthropies, Charina Endowment Fund, Mark di Suvero, Sidney E. Frank Foundation, Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation, Agnes Gund, Lambent Foundation, Ivana Mestrovic, Plant Specialists, Shelley and Donald Rubin, Spacetime C. C., and Robert and Christine Stiller.

This program is funded, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. Special thanks to our public partners, including the City of New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Queens Borough President Melinda R. Katz, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, City Council Members Jimmy Van Bramer and Costa Constantinides, the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, Commissioner Mitchell Silver, and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl.


Download the information related to this competition here.

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Cite: "Call for Proposals: Folly 2016" 03 Dec 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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