design firm. Awardees each received $10,000 to bring their designs to life.
In its fifth iteration, the award targets new design practitioners.
“Emerging designers offer fresh and innovative ideas,” says Mark Pasnik,
principal at over, under, “and often help established professions, like
architecture and landscape architecture, evolve over time.” He and
co-curator Chris Grimley, also a principal at over,under, created the program
to support designers and give them a place to display their work.
“Celebrating their talents and encouraging their independent practice,” says
Grimley, “is one way we can improve the quality of design and design
thinking in Boston and across the nation.”
“We tend to only see manicured landscapes and parks in cities,” says
Ibañez. “Thinking (about) where and how our materials are produced, how
the landscapes that produce them are being transformed when a material is
extracted, but also when waste is disposed, is an important process to
consider.” — nicole defeudis
other winners are Jennifer Bonner of
MALL, Cambridge, MA, Rania Ghosn and
El Hadi Jazairy of Design Earth,
Cambridge, MA, and Ann Arbor, MI, and
Yasmin Vobis and Aaron Forrest of
Ultramoderne, Providence, RI. The
projects will remain in place through
the boston urban experience is full of towering skyscrapers, bustling
streets, crowded shops, and structured landscapes. Daniel Ibañez’s latest
creation, to be unveiled on the Rose Kennedy Greenway August 10, is
designed so we can observe all of that while also contemplating the origins
of the materials that built the city.
Passersby will be able to lounge on Following Flows (below), an
all-encompassing seating structure designed to emulate logs floating
downstream to a sawmill. Wavy wooden surfaces and carved-out benches
are meant to trigger thoughts about the use of wood, “from its original to its
most advanced forms,” says Ibañez of Margen-Lab, a Cambridge,
Massachusetts, experimental design office.
The piece is one of four to be built on the Greenway this summer by
winners of the Design Biennial Boston competition, each selected from
among 29 submissions from every state in New England. The challenge is
the brainchild of the team at over, under, a Boston-based interdisciplinary
In addition to over, under/
pinkcomma gallery, sponsors include
the Boston Art Commission, Boston
Society of Architects/AIA, BSA
Foundation, Mayor’s Office of New
Urban Mechanics, Rose Kennedy
Greenway Conservancy, and
Autodesk BUILD Space.