Nearly 50 years ago, the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) was formed and has grown to become the world’s largest public architecture organization. CAF aims to inspire citizens to participate in the creative construction of community and urban design. Their vision is to enlighten youth to their own potential though engineering, design and architecture.
To provide opportunities for students and educators that will ignite the interests of the next generation of designers and architects, the Chicago Architecture Foundation has partnered with the City of Chicago and the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Thousands of Chicago-area kids who might otherwise not be exposed to architecture and design will be engaged through this platform of educational programs.
One of these active initiatives is the BP Design Competition. This contest challenges Chicago public school students ages 13 and up to improve access to public open space by designing a pocket park that is less than a half acre in size and within a 10-minute walk of every home in the Dunning, Chicago Lawn, or Roseland Community areas in the city of Chicago.
Students may submit individually or as a team with up to five members.
Awards will be presented to the top ten designs with the first place winner receiving $500, a dinner and an overnight stay in a hotel downtown for the winner’s family.
The BP Design Competition is now open and currently accepting submissions until November 11th.
Edgar Quintanilla, Chicago Architecture Foundation Manager of DiscoverDesign.org, kindly provided us with this quote,
"We chose Skild as the platform of choice because it was easy to implement and has a very minimal barrier for entry. Skild has been an excellent tool to track contestant entries in a meaningful way."
Thank you, CAF! Skild is proud to be powering this event.