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July 21, 2021
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Center for Architecture

Call for Submissions to Furniture Design Competition

By Elizabeth Paul

Using wood from Fairmount Park to create prototype furniture for Philly Pools 

The Center for Architecture and Design (“Center”) today announced a call for submissions for a furniture design competition in partnership with Philadelphia Parks &  Recreation (PPR) and Mayor Kenney’s Rebuild initiative to bring this opportunity to local designers and fabricators.

The competition challenges designers to design and/or fabricate pool furnishings using urban wood from PPR’s Fairmount Park Organic Recycling Center.  The goal of this Competition is to use local materials and talent to create innovative, affordable, durable furniture for use by Philadelphia residents who visit public pools. The competition will utilize the Dr. Martin Luther King (MLK), Jr. Recreation Center pool, located at 2101-35 Cecil B. Moore Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19121 as the prototype site.

“We are excited to be part of this innovative partnership with the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and the City’s Rebuild program. The Fairmount Park urban forestry program produces local wood that is currently an untapped resource. To demonstrate the diversity of species and quality of wood that is available for use in our own backyard, we are tapping into the creativity and talent of our local design community to come up with solutions for Philadelphia’s public pools,” says Executive Director, Rebecca Johnson. “It’s also great to partner with the Rebuild program, to add amenities to enhance the residents experience at the MLK Jr. Recreation Center pool.”

All interested designers are encouraged to check out the full competition brief, including important dates and deadlines, found here. The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2021. Winners are expected to be announced November 30, 2021. 

All interested designers must register here in order to receive access to all information about the competition and the official submission form. 

This program is funded in part by ‘the Innovation Fund of the Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia’.

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