Swirl / TURF Competition 2015
Hosted by: Material & Applications Los Angeles, California
Swirl received a distinction and Honorable Mention.
The TURF competition brief called for the design of a mini golf track addressing any contemporary aspect of the Greater Los Angeles society and community. Restrictions were a 500 dollar budget, a 10 cu.ft. volume maximum and a materials cost estimate. This was submitted as an elaborate joke but, in my defense, it was a mini golf competition.
(description as submitted to jury committee)
Swirl: Solving the Golfing Sprawl Crisis
…. o.k. maybe there isn’t an impending golfing sprawl crisis, but TURF is an opportunity to redefine our understanding of golf and all our other ridiculous space appropriations. It sounds a bit absurd to construct a golf fairway with a footprint of 1.25 sq ft but our generation must be tasked with the challenge of imagining and redesigning the city we live in. We can no longer conform to our ancestral system of sprawl. Los Angeles, like many cities in the world, is facing the problems of poor development and planning. Now is the time to act
and begin redesigning every single component of our lives, starting with golf. Swirl is our first attempt, as a generation, to take a step in the sustainable direction of densification. As any first attempt, there is a high possibility of failure and the chance of redesigning the sport into a game no one in Los Angeles will enjoy. Nonetheless, we mustn't let this detract from the bigger picture.
Swirl is a call to action.