FOLLY 2015 Call for Proposals

By Abbey Cahill


Is it folly to pursue an ideal?

Is it folly to contradict a pre-existing space or strive to resonate within a site?

If a folly has no utilitarian purpose, is it sculpture?

FOLLY 2015 encourages an exploration of architecture and sculpture in the context of these kinds of questions. The Call for Proposals is on now—participants have until January 12, 2015 to submit their concepts.

The 4th annual program is organized by The Architectural League and Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens, New York, and it calls on designers and architects for proposals for full-scale projects and installations. In an effort to closely examine the concept of “folly,” participants will design a physical experience through the thoughtful use of space, material, and process. More details after the jump.



Above: Tree Wood, Folly 2013, architect Toshihiro Oki

The FOLLY program consists of three phases:

DESIGN: The deadline for proposal submissions is Monday, January 12, 2015 11:59PM

REALIZATION: One project will be chosen to move past the design phase. The winning architect/designer will receive a $5,000 production grant and an on-site studio residency period (March to April 2015). During this time, the recipient will have full access to Socrates Sculpture Park’s outdoor studio.

EXHIBITION: Public exhibition at Socrates will begin in early May 2015. The final project will be documented with a digital catalog, and online at

Click here for submission requirements and details.



Above: SuralArk, Folly 2014, architects Jason Timberlake Austin and Aleksandr Mergold

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