This spring, scout invited students and professionals from around the world to reimagine how hallways/corridors could be an opportunity for social and physical value. (Although the Corridor Reuse Design Competition specifically looked at Bok’s 14’ wide corridors, the competition questions how the ideas and proposals could be used for other large-scale civic buildings too.)

Over 75 thoughtful and creative ideas were submitted by local and international teams from Philadelphia to the Philippines to France. Submissions explored ways of reusing old lockers for work stations, creating market stands for people to sell their goods, creating flexible gathering spaces and moments of pause. A panel of acclaimed judges awarded the first place student prize to team members Ilya Deynega from Moscow’s British Higher School of Arts and Design and Sofia Gerich from the Moscow Architectural Institute for their submission, 'Reusing Space'. The project proposes converting locker bays throughout the corridors into places for people to work, display their craft, or sell their goods. By utilizing the void spaces the hallways can enhances and promotes the work that is being done behind the walls of the corridors, allowing businesses within the building to grow and visitors to better engage with the building community.

Lily Meier of Abby Schwartz Associates was awarded the first prize in the professional category for her project ‘BOoK: Public Library + Opportunity Hub’. Lily’s project proposes a public library in the corridors, creating “a public gathering space that advances literacy, facilitates skill training, and inspires collaboration” (Meier). The judges appreciated that this proposal “reintroduces a use to the building that has been missing since the school closed” - a place for learning and skill sharing (Kevin McMahon).

Both winning teams will receive a $2,500 prize for their creative concepts.

Panel of judges:

  • Inga Saffron, architecture critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Kevin McMahon, Associate at Powers & Company, which specializes in consulting for historic projects

  • Michelle Millar Fisher, Philadelphia Museum of Art Curator and Architecture/Design Historian.

  • Emma Rutherford, previous Design Director and original member of Scout and currently Designer at Maccreanor Lavington Architects

  • Richard Hall, Associate at East in London

First place winners:

  • Lily Meier is an architect and artist living in South Philadelphia.  She works for Abby Schwartz Associates, an integrated architecture and interior design firm specializing in custom homes and renovations in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs. Lily was recently recognized by Billy Penn Who’s Next in Real Estate and Housing.

    Beyond the office, Lily’s work exists at the boundary between art and architecture, and collage is her primary medium. Her recent projects include large-scale wall coverings for a multi-family building, beer can designs for a local brewery, and a collaborative series of street art installations in her neighborhood.  Lily has created work for Mural Arts, Design Philadelphia, and Next Stop Democracy (Knight Cities Challenge), among others.  

  • Ilya Deynega and Sofia Gerich are design students from Moscow. Ilya is a third year student product design student at the British Higher School of Arts and Design in Moscow. Sofia is a fourth year architecture student at Moscow Architectural Institute. Ilya and Sofia are design enthusiasts.

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