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.
The winner of Folly 2015, Torqueing Spheres by IK Studio, is on view at Socrates Sculpture Park. Explore an interview with Mariana Ibañez and Simon Kim, a photo essay on the fabrication, and other notable entries from this year’s competition.
Watch interviews and lectures from the six winners of the 2015 Architectural League Prize: Clark Thenhaus, Erin Besler, First Office, Landing Studio, mcdowellespinosa, and Thom Moran.
Photos and remarks from the dinner honoring Henry N. Cobb as the 2015 recipient of The Architectural League’s highest honor, the President’s Medal.
O’Donnell + Tuomey discuss their vision for Irish architecture, creating mobility in static forms, and bringing the rigors of traditional craft to contemporary work.