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Building Fashion Contest

A new competition mixes architecture with fashion to create site-specific public installations

by Margaret Kaminski in Design on 18 June 2010

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Recently announcing their first winners, Architizer's new contest (in collaboration with art and design non-profit BOFFO, architect Spilios Gianakopoulos, six clothing and accessory designers, and Supima Cotton) challenges architects to create innovative site-specific spaces that blend fashion with architecture.

The Building Fashion project tasks designers with using NYC's attractive elevated park, the High Line, as a location for an installation that will highlight the work of one of the featured fashion designers. The first of the six contests—sponsored by Supima Cotton;chose Konyk as the winning architectural firm whose temporary construction will be on display in the garden underneath the High Line until NYC's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in September 2010.

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photo by Martin Palmer

Each of the remaining five competitions invites architects to build pop-up stores for specific designers, including CFDA 2010 Menswear nominee Simon Spurr. These mini boutiques will live for ten days each at the base of HL23, Neil Denari's striking new building next to the High Line. The winner of the first competition is the firm Collective, who will design Spurr's pop-up store, set to run from 15-25 July 2010.

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Each winner also gets a $5,000 stipend on behalf of Architizer to turn their vision into a reality—installations will also host a featured VIP event, as well as receive continuous coverage from design to destruction on the Architizer website.

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