This year marks the 3rd annual form follows student seating element design competition. We were incredibly fortunate to have street furniture company mmcité 7 sponsor the competition, challenging CED students to design and build a seating element for the Wurster Hall courtyard inspired by collection materials in the Environmental Design Archives. Students drew inspiration for their designs from archival materials relating to The Sea Ranch, a breakthrough example of an environmentally sensitive design that continues to grow in influence and relevance to architects and the public at large.
During our first round of judging on October 11, students presented their designs to a panel of judges including David Karásek (mmcité), Dana Buntrock (Professor of Architecture), Richard Hindle (Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning), Elizabeth Thorp (CED Fabrication Shop), and Alex Yarovoy (CED Alumnus). The judges selected five designs to move on to the second round. Selected students were provided with a single sheet of exterior plywood (4’ x 8’ x ¾” thick), finishing materials and $50 worth of steel to construct their seating element.
On November 8, the five completed seats were on display in the Wurster Gallery where faculty, students, and the general public were able to vote on the top three designs.
After today's round of voting, we are pleased to announce that the top designs are:
Hong Xiang Chen, Fang Xu, ZhiyaoShu
These students will receive a cash prize and may be considered by mmcité for future production! All of these designs, including the five full-scale seats, are on display in the Environmental Design Library through December 20.
This is an event that the Environmental Design Archives has truly enjoyed hosting. It is a wonderful opportunity for us to have students engage with primary resources and watch them create something truly unique. We look forward to continuing this competition in the future!