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2x8 Assemblies written in geometric shapes of different pastel colours

2×8 is an annual exhibition & scholarship program showcasing exemplary student work from architecture & design institutions throughout California. This year the exhibition, entitled 2×8: Assemblies, will focus on the theme of Community. The term ‘Assemblies’ can refer to groups of people gathering together as well as the process of building in which various parts are assembled to make a whole.

Design Challenge
Design, build, and install the 2021 2×8 exhibition to showcase up to 40 student projects, distributed into 2 to 10 projects per site (roughly 4-6 sites). The designer will act as creative director, to generate the template and installation concept, and the 2×8 Committee will assist with neighborhood specificity as required.

Student work is to be displayed on digitally printed presentation sheets. The 2×8 committee will provide all printed media. The size and proportion of the boards is up to the discretion of the designer but must be a minimum of 15 square feet of display space per student project. The design concept of the exhibition should be flexible and capable of accommodating changes to the number of student entries. The design must also include two additional boards per location to display exhibition sponsors, an informational board regarding the exhibition, and signage as desired (i.e. show name, logo, school names).

A goal for this year’s exhibition design is to ensure minimal waste in the production of the exhibit. Submitted proposals are required to incorporate an innovative strategy for the reuse of the exhibition materials after the exhibit and future recycling potential.

Eligibility
The competition is open to all faculty of California schools of architecture and design.

Submission Requirements

Submission materials must include a floor plan accompanied by 3D diagrams, renderings, details, and any other drawings to clearly communicate the design. Both an itemized construction cost estimate and a description of assembly (work-hour estimate and build sequence) shall be included with the submission. Evidence of prior fabrication experience or a statement of commitment from a builder is encouraged though not required. Final entries are to be submitted on 11×17 landscape PDF less than 20MB total file size. The number of pages is at the discretion of the designer to effectively convey the design concept.

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