On View | Tree wood at Socrates Sculpture Park

tree wood by Toshihiro Oki architect

Now in its second season, Folly is a competition held by the Architectural League and Socrates Sculpture Park that invites emerging architects and designers to create contemporary interpretations of the architectural folly, a small-scale structure created to draw the eye to specific points or views. Although their purpose is often not immediately clear, follies allow designers to explore materiality, spatial interaction, and concepts about our urban and natural environment.

This year’s winning entry — tree wood — is by Toshihiro Oki architect, with team members Toshihiro Oki, Jen Wood, and Jared Diganci. The winning architects received a grant and two-month residency at Socrates Sculpture Park in addition to the opportunity to build the full-scale project in the park. The installation will be unveiled this Sunday, May 12th, at a picnic at Socrates from 2pm-6pm and will be on display through August 5th, 2013. Sunday’s event marks the opening of Socrates’ summer season. For a closer look at the winning design, four finalists’ proposals, and some of the recurring themes in this year’s submissions, check out the League’s recent online feature on Folly 2013.

Time & Place
May 12–August 5, 2013
Opening picnic: Sunday, May 12, 2013, 2:00–6:00pm
Socrates Sculpture Park
32-01 Vernon Boulevard
Long Island City, NY 11106

Free and open to all; no reservations necessary.

For more information about the event, visit archleague.org.


tree wood by Toshihiro Oki architect


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