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Street Seats Design Challenge

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Design brings communities together. Public seating sets the scene for chance encounters, people watching, connecting with nature, or just taking a break.


The Street Seats Design Challenge provides you with an opportunity to improve the livability of a burgeoning urban area while being socially and environmentally conscious. Design Museum Boston invites individuals and groups from around the world to design an iconic bench or ‘street seat’ for the Fort Point Channel in South Boston’s up and coming Innovation District. Boston’s Fort Point Channel area is a lively community and destination — in 2011 the area welcomed about 1,300 businesses, 33,000 workers, and 1,900 residents — and it continues to grow.Street Seats is a design challenge which will culminate in an outdoor design exhibition and walking tour around the Channel. Entrants will participate by designing sustainable outdoor sidewalk furniture with a focus on reuse, using environmentally-friendly materials, and innovative construction methods. Design teams will record and submit their process along with their fnal designs to, in the end, create the public design exhibition.


The Street Seats Design Challenge is open to both local and international individuals and teams.Individuals, teams, professionals, and students are encouraged to contribute their designs.


  • Sep 20,2012—Call for entries opens
  • Nov 20,2012—Early Registration Deadline
  • Feb 01,2013—Late Registration Deadline&Submission Deadline 11:59pm EST.
  • Feb 18,2013—1/8 Scale model deadline for arrival at Design Museum Boston
  • Feb 28,2013—Judging Event in Boston, Semi-Finalists and Fabrication Grants awarded
  • Apr 12,2013—Deadline for Semi-Finalists’ fabricated benches delivered to Museum
  • Apr 27,2013—Outdoor Exhibition Opening
  • Oct TBA,2013—Street Seats furniture collection moves indoor to TBD gallery in Boston

Design and Judging Criteria

  • Sustainable design using recycled, reclaimed, and/or renewable materials
  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • Innovative design and construction
  • Be safe for outdoor public use
  • Must ft within bench envelope (30’’ x 72’’ x 48’’)
  • Seat at least 2 people – hold 600lbs of weight at various seating positions
  • Suitable for outdoor use (durable, robust, weatherproof, etc)
  • Be stable and secure at the site once installed
  • Depth and quality of design process documentation


Design Museum Boston will be announcing Jury members during the course of the open Call for Entries. The Jury will consist of 30 people — a mix of design thought leaders, Fort Point arts and culture leaders, and Design Museum Boston sponsors.

Registration fee

  • Early Registration: Sep 20, 2012 – Nov 20, 2012—Free for Design Museum Boston Members—Non-Member Fee: US$30
  • Late Registration: Nov 21, 2012 – Feb 1, 2013—Design Museum Boston Members Fee: US$20—-Non-Member Fee: US$75


  • Grand prize (1 entry): US$5000 cash prize
  • Runners-up (2 entries) will each receive a US$2000 cash prize

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