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.
Two architects and educators discuss the state of architectural education, the place of research in the discipline, and the contemporary role of the architect.
Revisiting a 1977 exhibition and publication on the previously unexplored role of drawing within the profession of architecture through the work of 85 accomplished architects of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.
Documentation of a symposium on rethinking land and its value in light of climate change, organized by the League in conjunction with The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design, including video of a conversation on Land, Climate, and Culture with Rebecca Solnit and Cassim Shepard.
A multi-year initiative on new ways of thinking and acting on climate change, architecture, and our economic future.