Boston’s Street Seats Competition

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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.

Last September Design Museum Boston, in partnership with the City of Boston and Mayor Tom Menino, invited individuals and teams from around the world to create an “iconic bench or street seat” for the Fort Point Channel/Innovation District.

The Design Museum Boston received over 170 entries from 23 countries. Each entry selected for the exhibition will be on display in this outdoor public gallery.

Join Design Museum Boston and the 20 semi-finalists on April 27th, to select the 3 finalists in this international design competition. Several of my fellow Wentworth Alumni have placed in the semi-finals.  Check out their submissions as well as all the other entries.

You can take part too, by voting for your favorite bench in the People’s Choice $2,000 cash prize category. The panel of judges will review, test, deliberate, and choose one Grand Prize and one Runner-Up winner, who will be awarded $5,000 and $2,000 respectively. All 20 Semi-Finalists and all 170+ entries are on view here:

This is a really exciting exhibition and event to get the community excited about the continual development of Boston’s Fort Point Channel via the Design Community.  Food trucks, live music, and tours of the Fort Point are all part of this free event.

The Street Seats initiative is supported by the City of Boston and Mayor Thomas M. Menino . In July 2012 Design Museum Boston received a $20,000 grant, part of the Pilot Fort Point Watersheet Activation Grant Program administered by the Boston Redevelopment Authority.