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Folly/Function 2017: Circle Shade

21 June - 31 May
Organized by: Socrates Sculpture Park and The Architectural League
Venue: Socrates Sculpture Park
32-01 Vernon Blvd
New York

Socrates Sculpture Park and The Architectural League of New York announce Eva Jensen Design as the winner of the annual Folly/Function competition with Circle Shade – 2πR4. Eva Jensen Design, in collaboration with Laufs Engineering Design, responded to  the 2017 competition’s challenge to create four portable, deployable canopy structures for flexible use throughout the highly active environment of Socrates Sculpture Park. The result is a minimal and clean design that emphasizes simplicity, transparency, and versatility, inspired by a fundamental shape: the circle.


Circle Shade – 2πR4 consists of three main components – a circular canopy, aluminum support poles, and cylindrical drum counter weights. The circular canopy is connected to the poles with custom designed high strength structural 3D-printed joint nodes, engineered as rigid moment-frame connections, with the ability to customize for variable pitches to the canopy.


Eva Jensen Design is an award-winning New York City-based architecture and design studio founded by principal Eva Christine Jensen, AIA, MAA. Eva Jensen Design’s projects range from residential design and interiors to furniture design and art installations. The studio aspires to “create spaces that connect people to nature with a focus on light and cohesiveness striving for innovation and authentic design solutions.”


Jensen’s proposal was selected from submissions from around the world and reviewed by a jury of six esteemed architects, engineers, and artists, comprising Tatiana Bilbao (Tatiana Bilbao ESTUDIO), Eric Bunge (nARCHITECTS), Mary Miss (Artist, City as Living Laboratory), Craig Schwitter (BuroHappold Engineering), Hayes Slade (Slade Architecture), and John Hatfield (Executive Director of Socrates Sculpture Park).