FUTURE TENTS Design Challenge

In association with the Anchorage Museum, the Alaska Design Forum (ADF) hosted the FUTURE TENTS design challenge during winter of 2015-2016. FUTURE TENTS encouraged entrants to develop contemporary ‘tent’ designs which presented solutions to inhabiting our northern wilderness or re-thinking temporary outdoor structures. FUTURE TENTS was a thematic extension of ADF’s FUTURE TENSE lecture series: the imagining of possible future realities, and built on the success of the 2014-2015 CABIN FEVER design challenge.

In order to support high-level designs, FUTURE TENTS included a lecture by outdoor living expert Mark Stasik and a hands-on workshop with Scott Coon of Alaska Dreams Inc.


Congratulations to all of the FUTURE TENTS design challenge participants. The ADF will assist in fabrication of the three finalist’s designs for exhibition at the Anchorage Museum in the fall of 2016 for Anchorage Design Weekend.

The three finalists:

  • Randall Rozier
  • Saunders McNeill
  • BDS Architects

Runners up:

  • Petra Sattler-Smith
  • Framework Design Collective

The People’s Choice award went to BDS Architects.


The complete set of submissions can also be viewed on Facebook.

FUTURE TENTS Design Challenge

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Project Sponsors/Partners/Supporters

Thanks to the following organizations for making this design challenge possible:

  • Anchorage Museum
  • Alaska Dreams Inc.
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • Alaska State Council on the Arts
  • Alaska Small Business Development Center
  • Anchorage Makers Space
  • Heather’s Choice