Street Seats Urban Benches For Vibrant Cities Street Seats Urban Benches For Vibrant Cities

Street Seats Urban Benches For Vibrant Cities

• All entries displayed in our gallery & online
• 15 Semi-Finalists receive $1,000 to fabricate their bench
• We’ll install all Semi-Finalists benches at World Trade Center Portland
• 3 Finalists receive cash prizes: one $5,000 and two $2,000
• All Semi-Finalists benches permanently installed around Portland

For the Full Call for Entries & To Enter:

Design Museum Portland is pleased to announce Street Seats: Urban Benches for Vibrant Cities, an international design challenge which will culminate in an public outdoor exhibition and walking tour around the World Trade Center Portland plaza in downtown Portland, Ore. Entrants will participate by designing sustainable outdoor sidewalk furniture with a focus on reuse, using environmentally-friendly materials and innovative construction methods. Semi-Finalist teams will fabricate their unique bench designs to be featured in an outdoor public design exhibition at the World Trade Center Portland in August of 2018.

“Street Seats is all about bringing together residents, city officials, businesses — and designers from around the world — and asking ‘how can design improve livability?’ Portland is filled with creative problem solvers, this challenge gives designers the chance to show the public how even the humble public bench can have dramatic impact in the built environment.” - Sam Aquillano, Executive Director, Design Museum Foundation

The four-month application period welcomes designers, architects, fabricators, makers, artists, and craftspeople to register and create a unique Street Seat. Each submission will be judged by a panel of thought leaders, arts and culture leaders, urban innovators, and sponsors to determine the top 15 Semi-Finalists, who will then fabricate their bench to be installed in the outdoor exhibit and walking tour! Participating designers receive international recognition in the design community and visibility with major organizations interested in supporting the arts, design, and urban innovation industries.

cash prize award: $ 24,000.00 USD

Call for entry