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OPEN CALL | TURF: A Mini Golf Project


Register By Sunday, August 30, 2015

Submit by Monday, September 7, 2015 at Midnight PST

TURF: A Mini-Golf Project explores the meaning of terrain and territory in Los Angeles through the architecture of mini-golf. The mini-golf course becomes a playful trope for the city of Los Angeles, articulated by artificial surfaces, winding boulevards and fantastical architecture. TURF asks architects, designers and artists to design a single architectural obstacle that investigates a contemporary Los Angeles condition — including topics such as drought and lawns, parking and traffic, nature and neighborhoods, housing typologies and identity — in the form of the miniature and the absurd. Both pleasure and obstacle are par for the course. 

Download Brief as a PDF here

Please visit the FAQ page for more information. 

M&A is thankful for the following foundations, public agencies and corporations for their financial support: LA County Arts Commission and the Department of Cultural Affairs. Delicious graphics by Jamie Barron


SELECTED PROJECTS

Nine winning obstacles were selected for construction and temporary instalation in Summer 2016 in Los Angeles. 

club LA  Andrea Kamilaris, Brian Koehler, Drew Stanley
Putt-to-Fit  Knowhow Shop
Terrains  TAG-LA
Gilded Sphere on Sticks Endemic Architecture
The Electric Palm Tree Turbine House  Ordinary Architecture 
SiNK  Kyle May, Architect
Practice Mat  Besler & Sons
Pie in the Sky  Heyday Partnership
Artificial Turf  G!LL!S


SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Registration Required. Register & Submit By: Sunday, August 30, 2015. Cost: $15 Students, $25 General Public. 

Projects must be submitted in 4 sheets of 11”x17” in PDF format which includes:

  1. Project Description (~600 word detailed description/narrative of the proposed project)

  2. Proposed material list* and considered budget

  3. Participants Biography

  4. Images/Boards (no more than 10 images or 5mb of your project)

  5. Send submissions with registration receipt to turf@emanate.org by Sunday, August 30th

*M&A will work with participants to contact material and in-kind sponsors and offer a $500 stipend for production budget.


SELECTION PROCESS

The jury will be comprised of the M&A Team. Nine designs will be selected for the final mini-golf course to be installed in Fall/Winter 2015. Winners will be notified by September 13, 2015. 


RULES OF THE GAME

TURF is an open competition. Participants must propose an installation around the theme of TURF in Los Angeles. The guidelines of the open call are as follows:

  1. Design a mini-golf obstacle (no larger than 10 cubic feet) and a fairway (maximum length of 15 feet and maximum width of 3 feet). 

  2. M&A will offer a $500 stipend for exhibition and production budget. The installation can exceed the stipend amount but M&A cannot provide additional funding. However, we will work with participants to contact material and in-kind sponsors.

  3. Project should propose a reasonable assembly and removal cycle and participants will be responsible for transporting the project to the site and demolition after.

  4. The installation will remain installed in an outdoor space for the period of 3 weeks, and is subject to both sport, sun and rain conditions. This should be taken into account when designing the obstacle. The proposal must also consider that there is no security or constant maintenance personnel assigned to the installation after hours.

Check out the FAQ page for commonly asked questions. You may also contact us at turf@emanate.org for any questions relating to the open call and submission requirements.