Galo Canizares and Stephanie Sang Delgado Win the Ragdale Ring Competition

"This is the clear winner for us. It feels like a new category compared to previous years. Importantly, it offers a new response to a long-standing disciplinary problem: how to balance design authorship with the desire to let users reconfigure their environment.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    - T+E+A+M, 2017 winners and 2018 jurors


Knowlton School Lecturers Galo Canizares and Stephanie Sang Delgado (MARCH ’15) won the sixth annual Ragdale Ring competition for their design, Noodle Soup. Their proposal is a contemporary interpretation of the original Ragdale Ring garden theatre designed by architect Howard Van Doren Shaw in 1912. Canizares and Sang Delgado will receive a $15,000 production grant and a design-build residency at Ragdale, including studio space, room and board for up to 10 individuals for 18 days. Noodle Soup will open to the public with a special concert on Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

“Our winning proposal, Noodle Soup, is conceived as an interactive playscape for outdoor performances. It consists of a set of fixed structures around which are soft, linear, pliable pieces of furniture. The soft elements can interact with the hard structures to serve functional purposes such as seating, but they can also act as oversized toys, freely configurable in a variety of ways,” commented Canizares.  

“Noodle Soup is about playing. Visitors can drape, move, pile, arrange, use as props or seating the noodles and just continuously interact and reshape the space,” Sang Delgado added. “The walls become static references that peel from the ground like carved landforms.”

“We are beyond excited to have the opportunity to realize our design. Having Ragdale's support means a lot to us as young designers, and we hope that our project contributes not only to the legacy of work that comes out of the residency, but also to the larger community,” reflected Canizares.

In 2013 Ragdale launched an international competition to reinterpret Shaw’s Ring as a temporary, experimental environment. The annual competition provides artists, architects and designers with the unique opportunity to devise and construct a performance venue and gathering place on the historic Ragdale campus. The competition seeks inventive, large-scale submissions that explore intersections of architecture, sculpture, landscape, design, public art and performance disciplines.

Ragdale is a nonprofit artist’s community located on the former country estate of architect Howard Van Doren Shaw in Lake Forest, IL, 30 miles north of Chicago. More than 150 residencies and fellowships are offered annually to creative professionals of all types, making Ragdale one of the largest interdisciplinary artists’ communities in the country.

This year’s other finalists are: Earthen Delight (Katie MacDonald, Kyle Schumann, and Erin Pellegrino; Blacksburg, VA), Reflections on the Lawn (Cyrus Penarroyo; Ann Arbor, MI), Phantom (Aleksandr Plotkin; Moscow, Russia), and Iris (Wheeler Kearns Architects; Chicago, IL).

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