ABF proposal selected from Urban Intervention Design Ideas competition entries
A jury of internationally recognised design professionals and Seattle civic leaders has declared a winner among three semi finalists in Urban Intervention: The Howard S. Wright Design Ideas Competition for Public Space. The winner is ABF of Paris, France for its design In Closure, which envisions an interactive wall around a forested landscape that is both flexible and dynamic, embracing social life in the city at multiple scales. The ABF team consists of: Etienne Feher, architect; Paul Azzopardi, urban engineer; and Noe Basch, climate engineer.
About In Closure, the six-member jury said: "50 years ago, the spirit of Seattle Center was about the future. A common assumption was that the future, and all advancement, is positive. Today, we challenge that assumption. The only guarantee of the future is change. In Closure addressed the state of constant change by proposing a replicable and organic system that can grow and evolve, that doesn’t equate innovation with solely technology, and recognizes that ecological resilience at its heart comes from the community itself. "
The jury decision follows semi finalist presentations over the weekend to both the public and jury and concludes a year long process that sought compelling design ideas for how to conceive a fresh vision of the future of public space, via a nine acre site at the heart of Seattle Center. The competition received 107 proposals from 24 countries. From this entrant pool, the jury chose three semi finalists and granted seven commendations at the end of phase one in early March. The semi finalists were invited to Seattle at the beginning of April for a learning visit, and they returned with their final proposals last week. The winner was selected for most effectively responding to the five major themes of the competition.