In an effort to investigate the growing intersection between architecture and sculpture and the increasing overlaps in references, materials, and building techniques between the two disciplines, the League partnered with Socrates Sculpture Park to establish “Folly,” an annual competition to design and build a contemporary interpretation of an architectural folly at the sculpture park in Long Island City.
Features on the 2012, 2013, and 2014 Folly competitions and winners are presented below. This commission also occasioned a panel discussion and several presentations of work by a small group of current architects and designers in January 2012.
Published: October 9, 2012; Updated: June 18, 2013 and October 29, 2014.
Explore the winning proposal of Folly 2014, SuralArk by Austin + Mergold, and view other notable competition entries.
Explore the winning proposal of Folly 2013, tree wood by Toshihiro Oki Architect, and view the competition finalists and themes.
Explore the winning proposal of Folly 2012, Curtain by Jerome W. Haferd and K. Brandt Knapp, through an interview with the designers.
A brief response to a panel discussion about contemporary architectural pavilions and follies held at the League on January 11, 2012.
O’Donnell + Tuomey discuss their vision for Irish architecture, creating mobility in static forms, and bringing the rigors of traditional craft to contemporary work.
Documentation of a symposium addressing issues of water supply in the context of climate change, considered through case studies of Los Angeles, New York City, and the Great Lakes.
Blackwell and Joy reflect on first meeting 15 years ago, approaches to teaching, and a shared sensitivity to place while “transgressing the vernacular” in their work.
In 2013, Marlon Blackwell Architects expanded the school’s home with a renovation and addition honoring the historic building in a contemporary language. Blackwell toured the school with Tom Phifer.