The Drift-School of Architecture - Carnegie Mellon University

Friday, August 3, 2012

The Drift

Call for Proposals

The Drift invites all types of creative makers, performers, organizers, synchronized swimmers, and would-be expeditioners to submit proposals for projects to take place in and along the rivers of Pittsburgh.

Each selected submission will be awarded a $250 stipend as well as a materials budget up to $300.  In addition to this funding, the Drift personnel will also provide documentation of the project, assistance in its promotion, and logistical support as needed.

All proposals must be submitted by August 17th to be considered for the 2012 season. Our programming runs from April through October.  We encourage applicants to consider other public events taking place on the rivers in order to maximize the reach of the project.


The Drift is a floating platform for creative projects which serve to explore the rivers and waterfronts of Pittsburgh, PA.
The Drift is a 12' x 12' hexagonal watercraft and is a registered river-faring vessel in the state of Pennsylvania.  It has a capacity of 6 human occupants or 1200 lbs.  We currently have two platforms, one of which is outfitted with a 10 horsepower motor, and they may be modified or altered as seen fit for any project.

While both Drift vessels are available for use, projects are not limited to the surface of the platforms.  We encourage the creative use of any bridge, shoreline, watercraft, or other places in the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio rivers as the site for your idea.
For additional information, photos, and descriptions of past projects, visit The Drift.


Please send a detailed one-page description of your proposal, along with a projected budget and any supplemental visual materials that might help clarify your idea. Within your description, be sure to include a list of equipment needs as well as a proposed timeline, location, and expected audience. Submissions will be selected based on feasibility, and more importantly, how creatively they explore the context of the rivers.

Email all submissions in PDF format to by midnight on Friday, August 17th, 2012.