THE BENCH 2016 is an idea based design competition open to all ages and backgrounds. The challenge of the competition is to design and install a temporary structure on a street to transform the street environment to a form of public space. The competition is to design a seasonal-seating-space along the street edge of a retail front. The competition will unfold in three stages: selection by jury; construction and seasonal use, and an exhibition of entries. The winning entry, selected by the jury, will be constructed for public use during the summer and fall season of 2016. All entries will be documented and exhibited for public viewing, to generate awareness and discussion about ‘street as public space’. The organizers of THE BENCH will facilitate ongoing discussions of the topic during the use of THE BENCH and will seek ways to disseminate THE BENCH (i.e. donate to public school/park) at the end of the season.