BGBG Green Playhouse 2012 2011/09/29
The Boulder Green Building Guild (BGBG) is now accepting entries for the First Annual Boulder Green Playhouse Design Competition and Auction on June 16, 2012 at Growing Gardens' Hawthorne Community Garden in North Boulder. The auction will raise money to support Growing Gardens' Children's Peace Garden Program and the BGBG's mission to make green building common practice. Our goal is to help our community nonprofits, give well-deserved exposure to our creative and talented green building professionals, and educate all age groups about how green buildings can truly delight their inhabitants and make the world a better place. We look forward to your participation!
Who May Enter the Competition?
Boulder County professionals who are involved in green building may enter the competition. A team must consist of at least one green builder and one green architect OR one green design-builder. A team may also consist of one or more green interior designers or green material providers. Student Participants encouraged!
How Do I Get Involved?
Due to space constraints, we are limiting the number of entries to 20 teams -- so sign up today!
- Today - Fill out an entry form
- December 15, 2011 - Deadline to submit entry form
- February 1, 2012 - Submit your playhouse sketches and draft project statement to email@example.com (see judging criteria below for details on project statement. This statement may be revised before Judging, Awards & Auction).
- May 1, 2012 - Submit photographs of your playhouse construction progress to firstname.lastname@example.org for use on the BGBG website, online social media, and local and national publications.
- June 16, 2012 - Deliver playhouses to Growing Gardens by 10AM.
- June 16, 2012, 3-6PM - Playhouse Showcase, Judging, Awards and Live Auction at Growing Gardens.
A panel of three judges will vote on winners of the Competition. The Jurists will be announced soon. First, Second and Third place winners of the Competition will receive certificates. All participants will be featured on the BGBG and Growing Gardens websites, social networking sites, and various local and national publications; winners will of course be highlighted. In addition, there will be a Kids' Choice Award: all attending children under 10 will vote for their favorite playhouse.
- Your entry, first and foremost, should delight children (and adults!).
- Life-size play structure entries must be large enough for children to play in but may not be larger than 6' x 6' x 8' (height), measured from the exterior of the structure.
- Entries should be constructed creatively and from green materials. We do not expect these playhouses to necessarily have insulation or glass windows, therefore, the green criteria for this contest are focused on materials. We are working on partnerships with ReSource and Building Surplus to provide discounts on green materials for the purpose of this project.
- Entries must be durable enough to withstand setup, transport, and the wear and tear of display.
- Entries should be constructed for outdoor use.
- Participating teams are responsible for the transportation of playhouses to Growing Gardens Hawthorne Community Gardens on June 16th by 10AM and to auction winners' homes in Boulder County. If an auction winner is out-of-state, s/he will be responsible for shipping costs.
- Consider sponsors for your playhouses! Many window, roofing, flooring, solar, etc. companies would be thrilled to support this form of education in exchange for recognition (e.g., a permanent plaque on your structure).
- Entries will be judged on the team's creativity in teaching people about environmental concepts and/or natural living. Entries do not have to represent a real house but should inspire people to embrace green design principles. The completed entry should teach children and adults about the benefits of green homes, and inspire them to do something now to make their homes a little greener.
- A project statement must accompany each entry and should describe in detail any recycled materials used and the concepts and topics addressed. Teams may also include cost and budget information, instructions for set-up and care, or other information that may assist the judges and event attendees in understanding and evaluating the project. Each project statement should be sufficient to explain your entry to attendees and encourage them to vote for your team's entry as the winner.
- Creativity, inventiveness, and playfulness are key features.