Design Challenge:  Interpreted Identities

Concrete Communications has collaborated with Bankside Open Spaces Trust (BOST)  to launch an exclusive design challenge as part of the London Festival of Architecture (LFA). This design challenge celebrates the identity of extraordinary women who have taken bold steps to make a difference in shaping the future social, architectural or urban environment of their local communities and beyond, whilst inspiring new generations. 

Interpreted Identities invites architects, designers and artists from across London to create a series of temporary, impactful public installations or ‘follies’ to be showcased in Marlborough Park on Union Street, SE1 throughout June for the duration of LFA in recognition of its 2018 theme ‘Identity’. This will also coincide with The Great Get Together Bankside on June 24th 2018 as part of the nationwide street festival in memory of the late MP, Jo Cox, with both initiatives set to attract thousands of local and international visitors to the area.

For your chance to portray an 'extraordinary female figure' of your choice in this exciting urban setting please register your interest via the form below. Places will be awarded on a first come, first served basis by 23rd April 2018.

The folly design should be no larger than 1.5m (w) x 1.5m (d) x 2.2m (h) with a total design and build budget of £1,500 to be funded by each entrant and their collaborators.

Once your participation has been confirmed please submit 2 x A3 sheets (max) outlining your proposed ‘folly’ design by 30th April for promotional purposes.  All ‘follies’ must be built and installed by each entrant at the exhibition location by 31st May

After the exhibition, ‘follies’ can either be retained by exhibitors or will be auctioned with proceeds to support BOST’s ongoing community gardening projects.

The design challenge is an extension of a wider women’s exhibition – Extraordinary Women of Bankside – which will feature as part of The Great Get Together Bankside event. This exhibition will also showcase many of the inspirational women who have played a role in creating such an impact over time in SE1, while also inviting the public to nominate female figureheads of the future with a chance for their stories to be exhibited as part of the show. 

To select the female figure who will inspire your ‘folly’ design…

Entrants are invited to either select from this list (CLICK HERE) of ‘historic extraordinary women’ who have had a major impact in shaping SE1 OR choose a 'recent extraordinary woman' from across London who you feel has made / continues to make a significant difference to life within their local community or built environment.

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