Now in its fifth year, the Future of Shade competition continues Sunbrella’s commitment to the design community by nurturing the exploration of creative solutions. Three unique categories create distinct challenges where shade plays a critical role in the response. The durability and versatility of the Sunbrella fabric as the primary medium opens the door to a world of possibilities.
Previous winners have had the opportunity to realize their designs and be part of a larger conversation about the key themes and ideas that influenced their submissions. Read more about winners from 2016 HERE, as part of Architizer’s continued coverage of the competition.
Categories will again be based on three different site-specific challenges to inspire entrants. They include:
Building Shade Challenge: Define an existing shade problem in local community or beyond and design a solution using Sunbrella fabrics.
Humanitarian Challenge: Envision a temporary shelter that can be easily transported and deployed for relief in a refugee crisis or natural disaster.
Well-Being Challenge: Create a protected outdoor space that promotes healthy living in any location, private or public where users can relax in a unique and personalized environment.
As in the previous Future of Shade Competitions, entrants will draw creative inspiration from the tensile properties and countless applications Sunbrella fabrics provide. As the world’s leading performance fabric manufacturer, the perfect fabric is surely among the hundreds of products in the extensive catalog of Sunbrella products.This year, the Future of Shade jury will again select one winner in each of the three categories to each receive a $10,000 grand prize. In addition, winners could be recognized in the press and in Sunbrella marketing and advertising materials. Additional entries (at the jury’s discretion) may receive Honorable Mention recognition and be eligible for cash prizes of $1,000 each, and other entries (at the jury’s discretion) may receive Jury Choice recognition and be eligible for a fabric donation not exceeding $1,000 in value to be used to bring their shade concepts to life. All winners will be considered for editorial coverage on Architizer.com, although no such coverage is guaranteed. Sponsor and Administrator reserve the right not to award any Honorable Mention or Jury Choice prizes, or to award a different number of Honorable Mention and/or Jury Choice prizes, in one or more of the categories in their sole discretion, depending on the number and nature of the entries received.
In addition to the $10,000 grand prize in each category, winners will be recognized in the press and in Sunbrella marketing and advertising materials. Additional entries (at the jury’s discretion) may receive Honorable Mention recognition and be eligible for cash prizes of $1,000 each, and other entries (at the jury’s discretion) may receive Jury Choice recognition and be eligible for a fabric donation not exceeding $1,000 in value to be used to bring their shade concepts to life. All winners will be considered for editorial coverage on Architizer.com, although no such coverage is guaranteed. Sponsor and Administrator reserve the right not to award any Honorable Mention or Jury Choice prizes, or to award a different number of Honorable Mention and/or Jury Choice prizes, in one or more of the categories in their sole discretion, depending on the number and nature of the entries received.
Sunbrella has revolutionized the way the world thinks about how beautiful fabrics look, feel and perform. With an inspired palette of colors, styles and textures, premium Sunbrella fabric gives designers and architects the material they need to create the extraordinary in marine, shade, residential/upholstery, commercial and contract applications.
“Shade is Magical. It is more than just stopping light, it is shaping light.” - Marc Kushner
Versatile in style and function, Sunbrella fabrics create welcoming spaces indoors and out, offering durability, fade resistance and ease of cleaning.
Sunbrella fabrics are manufactured and marketed by Glen Raven, a more than 130-year-old family-owned company based in North Carolina with operations worldwide. For more information on the Sunbrella brand, including fabric resources, visit www.sunbrella.com or check out the Sunbrella Brand Profile on Architizer.
Design submissions should utilize Sunbrella fabric as a key component of the built structure in a unique and innovative way. Each entry must be submitted to one of the three pre-designated categories. The design itself may be Conceptual, Built or In Progress and should address the key benefits of fabric – including its sustainability, ventilation and lighting properties. Submissions should tackle the specific design challenge of the category, whether it be the needs of an over-exposed space or a problem facing members of society that only architecture can remedy.
The Sunbrella Future of Shade Competition is open to all firms and individuals, including students, involved in architecture, landscape architecture and design. There is no limit to the number of entries that may be submitted by any entrant, but each entry must relate to a different project or design. Each entrant must register in order to be eligible to submit an entry.
Entries must be submitted to one of the three categories outlined below. Architizer and Sunbrella reserve the right to re-categorize entries after submission. Entries that do not fall into one of these three categories may be disqualified, in the sole discretion of Architizer and Sunbrella.
1. Building Shade
Architects are best at diagnosing real-world issues. Walking around a city, it’s easy to detect design dilemmas left and right. Now there is as reason to stop and solve them. This year Sunbrella is asking entrants in the Building Shade category to find inspiration in their own backyard by defining a real-life shade problem and fixing it.
Entrants must choose a site the in their local community or elsewhere and design a solution using Sunbrella fabrics. The site should present a realistic sun exposure issue that entrants can solve concretely. It’s most helpful if the entrant provides images or renderings of the space, explaining the shade problem as well as renderings of their designs using Sunbrella fabrics. Entries should be site-specific and very detailed.
Now more than ever socially-minded architecture is incredibly important. Design plays a critical role in providing a home for displaced people around the world. Changing weather patterns, political instability and a global shift toward smaller, more mobile dwellings are all contributing to a surge in creative responses to human shelter. A simple shade can go a long way towards empowering an individual with a sense of place and ownership of their immediate surroundings.
This year, the Humanitarian category challenge is focused on relief during a natural disaster or refugee crises. Entrants must design a temporary shelter that can be easily transported and rapidly deployed with only simple tools. The design should account for a range of conditions found all over the world. Entrants should consider a user who is facing both the practical and emotional issues posed by a densely populated community of individuals.
In society today, people are seeking ways to live holistically in every aspect of their lives. Designing for wellness and self-care are important opportunities to expand the potential of the built environment. For example, access to natural light and thoughtfully designed landscaping create places for people to relax and destress. Yoga studios, meditation rooms, reading nooks, napping spaces and small gardens within office buildings, healthcare centers and schools also encourage physical and mental wellness.
Sunbrella is asking entrants in the Well-being challenge to design a shaded, outdoor space that can accommodate a wide range of users with adequate seating and ease of circulation. The design can be located anywhere that requires well-being from a hospital to an office, neighborhood park or even a private home. The space should be designed for the specific purpose of promoting well being, giving energy and life to its users.
Entrants must register in order to be eligible to enter. Registration is available on the Competition website until April 30, 2017. Upon registering entrants will receive a Registration Email with a detailed list of submission requirements and a link to the Submission Form. Entrants should submit their entry designs to Architizer via the Submission Form link they will receive in the Registration Email.
Entrants are encouraged to include renderings, drawings, diagrams, sections, plans and details as necessary to fully explain their designs.
Note: Entrants must register by 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on April 30, 2017 in order to be eligible. Entrants may also register after the Registration Deadline via the email address posted on the competition website, at the sole discretion of Architizer and/or Sunbrella. Entries must be entered online using the online Submission Form (link to Submission Form to be provided in Registration Email) by 11:59:59 p.m. ET on May 14, 2017. Winners will be announced on or around 10:00 a.m. (ET) on June 12, 2017. An entry is considered submitted after all completed portions of the entry form are received by Architizer. Entrants will receive an automated confirmation email upon submission.
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March 13, 2017: Competition Open
April 30, 2017: Registration Deadline
May 14, 2017: Entry Submission Deadline
May 26, 2017: Extended Entry Deadline
June 12, 2017: Winners Announcement
Sean Anderson, Associate Curator of Architecture and Design at MoMA
Sean Anderson is Associate Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art. A Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, he received degrees in architectural design and architectural history from Cornell University, an M. Arch from Princeton University and a Ph.D in art history from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has practiced as an architect and taught in Afghanistan, Australia, India, Italy, Morocco, Sri Lanka and the U.A.E. His book, Modern Architecture and its Representation in Colonial Eritrea was published in 2015 and was a finalist for the AIFC Bridge Book Award for Non-Fiction.
Jim Miller, Owner of J. Miller Canvas
Jim Miller was born and raised in Orange County, CA. As a teenager, he began working in a sail manufacturing shop and learned the trade from the ground up. His goal was to have his own fabrication facility and fifteen years later, he did. Jim wanted this facility to be something special. It would have the freedom to pursue creative projects. It would have the talent to produce anything that was feasible, and it would grow to a place where it could support the employees who worked there. Today, J. Miller Canvas, Inc. does all those things and more. Jim Miller is in collaboration with many of the country’s finest architects working on projects for Disney, The Irvine Company and South Coast Plaza just to name a few.
Alicia Ajayi, Design Associate at MASS
Alicia Ajayi recently joined MASS in 2015 as an Associate Designer. She is a member of the design team and is working on various projects including a memorial in Montgomery, Alabama. Her role as a design team member includes research and design support through multiple aspects of the project including mapping and developing community engagement strategies. Alicia’s past work engages political, economic, and social contexts and the nuances that correlate between the built environment, historical narratives and present day social issues. Alicia graduated with honors from Washington University in St. Louis with a dual masters in architecture and social work.
Marc Kushner from Architizer will serve as an advisor to the jury.
The competition will recognize three (3) Grand Prize Winners, one in each category. Each Grand Prize Winner will be awarded $10,000 cash and the winners’ designs may be eligible to be featured in upcoming Sunbrella marketing and advertising materials where they will be credited for their work.
Other entries (at the jury’s discretion) may receive Honorable Mention recognition and be eligible for cash prizes of $1,000 each, and additional entries (at the jury’s discretion) may receive Jury Choice recognition and be eligible for a fabric donation not exceeding $1,000 in value. The winners’ designs, as well as other entries, will be considered for a full-scale model build-out. Video profiles of the winners and their projects will be filmed to be used at the discretion of Sunbrella fabrics in future promotions.
Please see the Terms & Conditions in the Registration Packet for more details.
“There are lots of next frontiers for architects to think about when they design spaces, but I genuinely think that shade is a next frontier. It's an extension of the influence of a building and that is very much a part of what is the architect’s responsibility.” –Marc Kushner