‘The Approachable City’ wins American Institute for Architects 2018 Design Competition

  • Written by Uriah Bueller on June 19, 2018
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The public art installation, designed by Parasoleil and Future Wife,  comes to NYC for the institute’s conference June 21-22 

Media contact: Anna Gebhardt 

303-589-4524 anna@parasoleil.com

Denver, Colo. – June 7, 2018 – The winning design for the public art installation sponsored by the American Institute for Architects is “The Approachable City,” an immersive sculptural experience that brings the cityscape down to human scale.

This year’s competition was to create a design that visually represents the theme of the conference: Blueprint for Better Cities. The winning group –selected by a panel of judges – was led by two artists, Uriah Bueller of Parasoleil, based in Colorado, and Beau Burrows of Future Wife, based in Brooklyn. Their installation will be on temporary display at the Javits Center in New York City, June 21 and 22 on the Expo Hall floor near #2833.

Bueller’s focus is in architectural product design, wind load engineering, and manufacturing of unique façades and panel systems to filter light and frame space through his manufacturing company Parasoleil, which will be located at booth #4930 during the conference.

Burrows’ complimentary focus is in interactive spatial design. A statement from his company explains it all, “In a world where our potential for fulfillment is largely defined by our optimism bias, Future Wife aims to leverage industrial technologies for the sake of magnifying human enjoyment.”

“The Approachable City” takes three main aspects from both artists’ areas of expertise to create one spatial art piece.

“We want people to be in the sculpture in the way people live in their own cities and neighborhoods,” says Bueller.

As you notice the sculpture from a distance, you see metal boxes and monuments of varying heights. These look like rusted steel obelisks and abstract benches, but they are all made from Parasoleil’s lightweight aluminum, finished in the company’s COR-11 powder coat. Then, as you walk closer, you see a loose, overhead canopy made of architectural panels and cut out with natural patterns. The third element is triggered when people move into and among the elements of the space. As people walk through the space or pause and scoot a cube over toward a bench to sit down and talk with a colleague, the motion sensors above shine a series of lights through the overhead canopy, casting shadows down onto the path below.

This is the first public collaboration between Parasoleil and Future Wife.


Parasoleil’s vision is to offer helpful tools to in using pattern to create spaces where people want to be. They have three categories of projects that range from in-stock panels that ship immediately to full project partnership from design to final installation. To learn more, click here.