The Design Biennial Boston recognizes emerging architects, landscape architects, and designers who have created inspiring and innovative practices in New England. Established in 2008, the juried awards program commissions a series of small-scale installations, fosters a rising generation of talented practitioners, engages the public with imaginative ideas, and enriches the city's public realm through installations and related programming.
Following an open call for entries which included submissions from each of New England’s states, the jury selected four firms whose work provides ample evidence of the region’s vibrant pool of designers. The winners include: Jennifer Bonner of MALL, Rania Ghosn and El Hadi Jazairy of DESIGN EARTH, Daniel Ibañez of Margen-Lab, and Yasmin Vobis and Aaron Forrest of ULTRAMODERNE. The four selected teams will each construct site-specific installations on the Rose Kennedy Greenway and will have access to advanced fabrication equipment provided by Autodesk BUILD Space.
The four site-specific installations include Another Axon by Jennifer Bonner/MALL, composed of minimal art objects and a stand of twelve trees, all of which rely on contemporary reproduction strategies; Primitive by ULTRAMODERNE, an array of triangular columns that form a square plan with a circular void cut out—an architectural primitive in every sense of the word; Blue Marble Circus by DESIGN EARTH, a geodesic sphere that echoes “Blue Marble,” the iconic symbol of the environmental movement; and Ways of Wood by MARGEN-LAB, nine logs that gradually transform across their length into contemporary interpretations of raw natural materials, shaped via computer numerical control (CNC) milling.