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.
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See slideshows of work and biographical and firm information on each Emerging Voice. In the coming months, look here to find expanded digital content exploring the work and ideas of this year’s Voices.
In anticipation of the 5KL: Water symposium, we look back at the history of New York City’s most critical piece of civic infrastructure: its water supply.
Two architects and educators discuss the state of architectural education, the place of research in the discipline, and the contemporary role of the architect.