Project information

  • Portfolio: Archive
  • Period: 2013

Fort Point Channel and Seaport District

Contest held in 2013



Thank you for your interest in the World Unity Landmark Competition! To visit the Fort Point Channel and Seaport District one instantly gets the sense of the importance of this “new” neighborhood in defining Boston in the 21st century and beyond. The Fort Point Channel and Seaport District is a vibrant home to artists, residents, offices, cultural landmarks and destinations, eclectic architecture and a growing HarborWalk. This area has recently undergone dramatic changes, and continues to define itself as a destination for the city and its visitors.


The challenge of the competition is for the BAC community to generate preliminary design concepts for a project known as, The World Unity Landmark. Through architecture and landscape design, this innovative project brings together poetry and design to promote a vision for diversity. Entries will eventually be submitted for review by a jury comprised of leaders from the community.


World Unity, Inc. is a non-profit organization whose mission is to make a continuing and lasting contribution towards the elimination of all forms of racial, ethnic, gender, religious and cultural bigotry, prejudices, discrimination and biases. They believe that the construction of a permanent landmark with an inscription of the Sun Poem will help achieve this vision. It reads as follows:

Are you greater than the sun
that shines on everyone: Black,
Brown, Yellow, Red and White
the sun does not discriminate.

Our goal is to have a preliminary design concept to showcase to the City and to the Urban League at their National Conference this summer. It will be a great opportunity to send a new diversity and inclusion vision to the African American thought and opinion leaders from 36 states and District of Columbia. The World Unity Landmark supports the objective of the Commonwealth Compact that BAC has signed on to along with 199 other organizations, companies and institutions.



The competition is open to current BAC students and recent graduates, working individually or in supervised teams. Any entrants interested in earning Practice credits must work in confirmed/declared teams and coordinate through the Practice Department with approved oversight in order to compete. Prior notification to the Practice Department is required.


A mandatory pre-competition meeting and site visit will be announced via All-Student email.


The sight has been designated by the MBTA at the Children’s Wharf Park adjacent to the Evelyn Moakley Bridge.


The estimated construction budget should range between $2,000,000 and $5,000,000. The winning entry will be considered in the future planning, programming and installation in the park. The sight is part of the future HarborWalk, directly above an MBTA Silver Line tunnel. All proposals need to consider and maintain the integrity of these existing landscape and structural elements.


$1,000 will be distributed at the jury’s discretion to the winning entry. Please note that the client has reserved the right to accept or reject any and all submissions.


All competition boards must be submitted to the PACE Center/BAC Practice Department on the 3rd floor of 322 Newbury Street; confirmed receipt must occur no later than 5pm, Wednesday, June 15th.

If you are interested, email or if they have any questions.