The way we spend time and the things we spend time doing are constantly changing. New technologies enable us to interact in different ways. They also tend to replace older forms of social interaction for better or worse. How can future public spaces facilitate new forms of social interaction?
The Connectors Society in collaboration with STPLN are honored to present the Future Public Spaces challenge.
We are curious about where the future of public space lies and how it fits into our fast-paced, ever evolving society. So, we are calling on artists, designers, architects, makers and creative souls to submit a proposal on how you imagine future public space.
Winning entries will be a part of an outdoor, month long Future Public Space exhibition in Malmö.
Dystopia by Dis/order
This is not the future we want. This is the future we fear. Think of it as a warning.
An experimental and research based collective. They focus on the potential of urban space by questioning contemporary conventions about what a city is and can be. Dis/order is founded by landscape architects Karin Andersson and Johanna Bratel.
Utmana by Carl Danielsson
Spending time doing things, going on adventures, not knowing what to expect. I predict that the future of public space will go towards being more abstract, letting the user decide how to use it, by exploring it. Both alone and together with other people, interacting with the people around you doing the same thing.
To achieve that, a closed room, a ladder, no entry and a roof with a surprise. The wood panel on the outside creates a trellis, which makes you curious of what's inside, and invites you to come closer. It forces you to crawl under it to discover. Grass on the roof shows the effect green spaces have on us and that most urban spaces lack it. I hope this building will bring people together, make them talk.
WITH THE SUPPORT OF
ABOUT THE FUTURE PUBLIC SPACES CHALLENGE
The winners receive a maximum of 4,000 SEK (approx. 420 EUR) in compensation for production costs. The compensation is available retrospectively in exchange for proof of purchases. It can be used to cover production costs (materials, transportation, travel costs).
The winners also receive a 4,000 SEK (approx. 420 EUR) scholarship as remuneration for their work.
The winners also receive a 3 month membership at Fabriken Makerspace. This includes access to all workshops including laser cutting, 3D printing, small CNC milling and wood workshop. This also includes introductory courses.
We’re open to any kind of proposal from light and sound installations to tactical urbanist pieces and more that fit the theme. However, the proposal should fit inside an area of 4 meters x 4 meters x 4 meters.
Take into consideration that the exhibition will be outdoors for about a month. Consider weather conditions and interaction.
Applicants must submit two files: (1) Concept Proposal as a PDF and (2) Cover Image as a JPEG. Applicants must not include information that gives away their identity in these two files (including logos, names, past works). This is to ensure impartiality.
The concept proposal should be a maximum of 6 pages and should include, in no particular order:
4. Proposed timeline and action plan for building
Journalist, Cultural Entrepreneur
The Connectors Society
FUSE - Future Urban Sustainable Environments, SLU
Victoria Percovich Guiterrez
We are looking for concepts that give thought to these three points
1. Comprehensiveness: How does the submitter interpret the future? How does the proposal react to this interpretation? To what extent is this the starting point of the concept.
2. Interactability: How should users interact with the proposed concept?
3. Material: What kinds of materials are used? Why?
MARCH 20: COMPETITION OPENS
APRIL 20: DEADLINE FOR PROPOSAL
17:00 Central European Time
APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED!
APRIL 25: JURY MEETING
APRIL 30: ANNOUNCEMENT
MAY: PREPARATION OF EXHIBITION
JUNE 1: LAUNCH OF “FUTURE PUBLIC SPACES” OUTDOOR EXHIBITION
Watch this space for answers to questions from potential submitters
Do I need to live in Malmö to apply?
No, we welcome entries from all around but winners must make sure they can make it to Malmö in May 2017 to set up the piece.
Where will the exhibition take place?
The exhibition will take place outside of Stapelbäddsgatan 3, Malmö.
Is there access to electricity?
Yes, and even vague traces of WIFI
What are the entries judged on?
The entries are judged based on the criteria set forth above and not on the portfolio of the applicants.
Who is behind Future Public Spaces?
Future Public Spaces is run by The Connectors Society, Stpln and FBRKN Maker Space. The Connectors Society is an interdisciplinary studio working with collective intelligence and urban design. They combine art, user centered design and technology to transform spaces. Stpln is a unique meeting place, a makerspace and an incubator for creative projects. Malmö’s playground to experiment with new ideas. FBRKN Sweden’s first makerspace. Construct furniture, design prototypes, create artwork or fix small things that facilitate everyday life.
What kinds of public spaces are you looking for?
We're looking for ideas on how social interactions in the future will require new spaces to facilitate those interactions. Whatever kind of space it is you choose, there should be a strong *why* behind it. As in, why such a space will exist in the future due to changing social interactions. Imagination is key.
Is this competition only open to students?
Not at all. It is open to everyone.
Is this competition only open to architects?
See previous question.
Is there an accommodation or support for food also planned for participants?
Depending on how many people there are in the team we can organize to host in ours and friends apartments. Other costs will have to come out of the prize budget. It depends on the concept and how long it will take to build, but we recommend teams to aim to build and be around for the opening of the exhibition on June 1st.