Folly/Function 2017 Info Session


Folly Information Session at the League's office

Folly Information Session at the League’s office

Folly/Function 2017 Information Session

John Hatfield, Executive Director, Socrates Sculpture Park
Anne Rieselbach, Program Director, The Architectural League
Josh de Sousa, principal, Hou de Sousa
Nancy Hou, principal, Hou de Sousa


The Architectural League and Socrates Sculpture Park invite you to an information session for Folly/Function 2017, a competition for emerging architects and designers to design and create portable and demountable structures for use in the park.

The Information Session will include a presentation by John Hatfield, Executive Director at Socrates, who will discuss the park’s history, studio residency, resources, and how the demountable structures will be used within the park. Hatfield will also talk about past winning entries and the teams’ experiences in previous years. Anne Rieselbach, Program Director at the League, will outline the competition and selection process. Folly 2016 winners Josh de Sousa and Nancy Hou will discuss their experience working within the park, its resources, and their experience designing a functional folly. There will be additional time for questions.

Socrates Sculpture Park, located in Long Island City, Queens, is one of the most distinctive cultural organizations in the country with its combination of waterfront setting, accessibility, and community-based programming. As a venue for the presentation of public art, a New York City park, and an active social space, Socrates has for 30 years harnessed the power of creative minds to transform the urban landscape.

In previous years the Folly program investigated the intersection between sculpture and architecture with temporary structures that intentionally served no utilitarian purpose. For the second year in a row, the competition has shifted to challenge entrants to fuse form with utility, creating designs that explore the intersection of art and architecture while durably addressing and improving the conditions of the park.

The submission deadline for this year’s Folly competition is Monday, January 9, 2017 11:59 p.m. For more information on the competition, click here.

Time & Place
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
7:00 p.m.
The Architectural League of New York
594 Broadway, Suite 607

SOLD OUT. We are currently sold out for this event. This event will be recorded and made public following the info session.

Free and open to all. Reservations required. Limited space available. RESERVE HERE via Eventbrite.
Folly, a partnership of Socrates Sculpture Park and The Architectural League of New York.

Screen Shot 2014-10-29 at 4.02.08 PMSocrates Sculpture Park’s Exhibition Program is also supported by the generosity of Bloomberg Philanthropies, Charina Endowment Fund, Mark di Suvero, Sidney E. Frank Foundation, Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation, Agnes Gund, Lambent Foundation, Ivana Mestrovic, Plant Specialists, Shelley and Donald Rubin, Spacetime C. C., and Robert and Christine Stiller.

This program is funded, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. Special thanks to our public partners, including the City of New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Queens Borough President Melinda R. Katz, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, City Council Members Jimmy Van Bramer and Costa Constantinides, the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, Commissioner Mitchell Silver, and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl.