MCASB Contemporary Pavilion Design Competition 2016

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MCASB Contemporary Pavilion Design Competition 2016

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For the inaugural year of its TakePart/MakeArt program, the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara is commissioning the design, selection, and construction of a contemporary traveling pavilion through an architecture and design competition. MCASB’s Pavilion Design Competition invites proposals for a large-scale, outdoor pavilion ​to be built and installed at each site of TakePart/MakeArt. A central feature of TakePart/MakeArt, the pavilion will be a bold and vibrant beacon for MCASB as it travels through three different communities across Santa Barbara County: Isla Vista, the Westside, and the Waterfront.

By contributing new design to Santa Barbara – a tourist destination and location steeped in California Mission Style architecture and culture – the pavilion serves as an aesthetic catalyst for experimental, dynamic, and engaged artworks, which will be realized by six innovative contemporary social practice artists over the two-year course of TakePart/MakeArt. As such, the Pavilion Design Competition motivates architects and designers to think about how design encourages communities to participate with their surroundings, as well as how it can facilitate new ways of interacting with contemporary art and artists.

Registration and submissions are due by 6pm PDT on April 21, 2016. A jury consisting of architects, artists, scholars, and design experts will select and announce the winning proposal on May 9, 2016. The winner will receive an award of $5,000 and an additional $45,000 to support their projects. The winning proposal team will then work with MCASB curators to produce, build, permit, and install the final design, as well as continue their involvement with the pavilion throughout the TakePart/MakeArt initiative.

For further information and to download the full RFP, please go to

Submission fee is $50.00.


April 21, 2016
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