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THE BENCH is an idea based design competition open to all ages and backgrounds. The challenge of the competition is to design and install a temporary structure on a street to transform the street environment to a form of public space. The competition is to design a seasonal-seating-space along the street edge of a retail front. The competition will unfold in three stages: selection by jury; construction and seasonal use, and an exhibition of entries. The winning entry, selected by the jury, will be constructed for public use during the summer and fall season of 2015.

All entries will be documented and exhibited for public viewing, to generate awareness and discussion about ‘street as public space’. The organizers of THE BENCH will facilitate ongoing discussions of the topic during the use of THE BENCH and will seek ways to disseminate THE BENCH (i.e. donate to public school/park) at the end of the season.

The objective of the competition is to re-envision and re-engage the street as a public space. The competition invites ideas to transform the street as a public space through an infrastructure intervention, a seating-space. The challenge is to design a public seating that can engage and transform the dynamics on the street, triggering and sustaining temporary (short) social and cultural transactions. THE BENCH will be installed on the street curb’s edge facing towards two local retail shops, MAKE Coffee + Stuff and Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt, framing an urban space.

Competition script & organizer: STUFF
The Bench 2016 Designers: Monk
Jury: Leehong Kim, Liz Wreford, Jeffrey Garcia
Construction sponsors: Mayer’s, Northstar Scaffolding
Organizing team: Kent Mundle, Jae Sung Chon

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