Socrates Sculpture Park

FOLLY 2014: RESIDENCY & EXHIBITION FOR ARCHITECTS

THE DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR 2014 FOLLY HAS PASSED. APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED OF THE OUTCOME IN SPRING 2014.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: FOLLY 2014
This program organized by Socrates Sculpture Park and The Architectural League of New York, FOLLY 2014 invites architects and designers to apply for a design/build studio residency from March-May 2014 leading to an exhibition at Socrates opening in early May 2014. 

DEADLINE
Tuesday, January 7, 2014, 11:59pm

INFO SESSION
Thursday, December 12th, 7:00pm
at the Architectural League of NY
To learn more and RSVP, click here

Helpful Documents to Get You Started:
- PDF of this Call for Proposals
- List of Frequently Asked Questions
- Site Plan indicating the intended location of Folly within the park

DESCRIPTION
Socrates Sculpture Park and The Architectural League invite emerging architects and designers to apply for the opportunity to build and exhibit a full-scale project around the theme of an architectural folly. This residency was established in 2011 to explore the intersections between architecture and sculpture, and the increasing overlaps in references, concepts, and techniques between the two disciplines. Socrates and The League welcome proposals for large-scale projects and installations that explore contemporary interpretations of the architectural folly. Especially popular among the Romantics of the 18th and 19th centuries, architectural follies are structures that often have no discernible purpose and are placed within a garden or landscape.

REVIEW PROCESS
The Folly program is based on a competitive application process. For 2013, we received over 160 applications for one commission. Complete applications received by the deadline will be reviewed by a jury of architects, artists, and arts administrators, who will select a single project to be realized within the grounds of Socrates Sculpture Park. Applicants are strongly encouraged to visit Socrates, a unique waterfront park located in an industrial area of Long Island City, Queens, before submitting their applications and to explore Socrates’ website to learn about the history and context of the project. Applicants must take into account the site’s rugged, urban outdoor environment, and be aware that winning installations are subject to final approval by Socrates and League staff and must meet safety requirements to be able to withstand the effects of weather and public use.

The selected applicant will receive a $5,000 production grant towards the project, as well as full access to the equipment, resources, and fabrication facilities of Socrates Sculpture Park’s outdoor studio during a two-month residency at the park, beginning in March 2014. Administrative support for additional fundraising and securing in-kind contributions may also be available. The completed project is tentatively scheduled to open to the public in early May 2014. The project will be documented with a digital catalog. 

FOLLY 2014 JURY
Chris Doyle, Artist
John Hatfield, Socrates Sculpture Park
Enrique Norten, TEN Arquitectos
Lisa Switkin, Field Operations
Ada Tolla, LOT-EK

PAST FOLLY WINNERS
 - For 2013, the winning FOLLY was tree wood by architect Toshihiro Oki with Jen Wood and Jared Diganci, which was selected from over 160 submissions. Their project, which opened to the public in May 2013 and is currently on view at Socrates through March 2014, is a rigid yet airy wooden structure placed within a grove of trees. An ornate crystal chandelier is suspended inside the structure, which visitors peer into through simple wooden beams. The installation creates a dialogue between built structures and natural systems. Learn more about tree wood.
 - For 2012, the winning FOLLY was Curtain by architects Jerome W Haferd and K Brandt Knapp. Their project was on view in the park during summer 2012, and combined architectural structural framing with mutable plastic chain link partitions and enclosures. Learn more about Curtain.


PROJECT SITE
Applicants are strongly encouraged to develop proposals within the designated site - the southeast park-space, adjacent to the main entrance of the park, as outlined in the site plan. Proposals outside of this area of the park may interfere with Socrates already scheduled exhibition programming and may not be considered viable. No proposals will be considered if sited in the water or along the shoreline. To download a site plan indicating the location of Folly within the park, click here.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Proposals must include the following four components. The application package should be submitted as a single PDF (8 1/2″ x 11″ page) of not more than 25 pages and 15 megabytes, emailed to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  no later than 11:59 p.m. on January 7, 2014. Please put the project title in the subject line of the email.

1.  COVER SHEET
Applicant must include a cover sheet with name, mailing address, telephone number, email, project title, and a single paragraph of not more than 150 words summarizing your proposed project. Please indicate on your cover sheet whether you previously submitted a proposal for Folly. If you are applying as a team, please include the names and emails for each team member and identify one team member as the Lead Contact.

2.  PROJECT PROPOSAL AND BUDGET
Applicants must submit a project description of up to 1,000 words that clearly describes the project and its relationship to the theme of the architectural folly. Applicants are encouraged to submit renderings and sketches of the proposed project. The proposal should address plans for the reuse, recycling, and dispersal of all material used in the project. A preliminary budget should also be included that identifies expenses and offers a description of how the project fits within the financial parameters.

3.  CURRENT RESUME/CV
The resume/CV should include information about your education; work and teaching experience; (if applicable) exhibition history; awards, grants, and residencies; and other relevant information.

4.  DIGITAL IMAGES AND SLIDE SCRIPT
Up to seven (7) digital images of recent work. (These images are in addition to renderings/sketches submitted as part of Section 2.) Projects may be built or proposed in any medium. A slide script with a numbered list that corresponds to the submitted images should also be included. For each image, include the title, date and a brief description of the work.


SUBMISSION FORMAT AND DEADLINE
The application package should be submitted as a single PDF (8 1/2″ x 11″ page) of not more than 25 pages and 15 megabytes, emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 11:59 p.m. on January 7, 2014. Please put the project title in the subject line of the email.


AWARD, RESIDENCY, AND EXHIBITION
One project will be chosen. The recipient will receive a $5,000 production grant towards realizing the proposed project. The recipient will also have full access to the studio space and fabrication resources of Socrates Sculpture Park from March to May 2014. The finished project will go on view in Socrates Sculpture Park beginning in early May 2014.


ELIGIBILITY
Architects and related designers are invited to apply. Applicants do not need to be registered architects. Architects and designers outside of New York City are eligible to apply, but housing and transportation are not provided as part of the award. If selected, non-resident architects will have to make their own living and travel arrangements. Full-time matriculated students are not eligible to apply.


PROJECT DIRECTORS
Elissa Goldstone, Socrates Sculpture Park
Anne Rieselbach, The Architectural League of New York

QUESTIONS
Applicants may email questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . All questions and answers will be posted on The Architectural League’s and Socrates Sculpture Park’s websites.
To review the current FAQs (as of October 24, 2013), click here.


ABOUT SOCRATES SCULPTURE PARK
Socrates Sculpture Park is an internationally renowned outdoor venue for presenting public art and artist residency program that also serves as a vital New York City park offering a wide variety of free public programs. Socrates Sculpture Park is the only site in the New York Metropolitan area specifically dedicated to providing artists with opportunities to create and exhibit large-scale sculpture and multi-media installations in a unique outdoor environment that encourages strong interaction between artists, artworks and the public. The Park’s existence is based on the belief that reclamation, revitalization and creative expression are essential to the survival, humanity and improvement of our urban environment. www.socratessculpturepark.org


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ABOUT THE ARCHITECTURAL LEAGUE
The Architectural League nurtures excellence in architecture, design, and urbanism. Through lectures, symposia, exhibitions, competitions, publications, and digital communications, the League creates a lively independent forum for artistic and intellectual work and helps shape the future by provoking thinking about the critical design and building issues of our time. www.archleague.org


SPECIAL THANKS
Folly 2014 is a partnership of Socrates Sculpture Park and The Architectural League of New York with major support provided by the Graham Foundation for the Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

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Folly 2014 is also funded, in part, by the J. Clawson Mills Fund of The Architectural League and by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Socrates Sculpture Park’s Exhibition Program is also supported by the generosity of: Bloomberg Philanthropies, Charina Endowment Fund, Lambent Foundation, Mark di Suvero, Agnes Gund, the Henry Luce Foundation, the Thomas W. Smith Foundation, and Spacetime C.C.

Special thanks to the City of New York, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall, City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, City Councilmembers Jimmy Van Bramer and Peter F. Vallone Jr., and the Department of Parks & Recreation, Commissioner Veronica M. White.

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