CHAIR YOUR IDEA

HUNDREDS OF CHAIRS = HUNDREDS OF URBAN DESIGN IDEAS FOR WINNIPEG

WAY TO GO WINNIPEG! The CHAIR YOUR IDEA Block Party was a huge success. Congratulations to all of the winners and thank you to everyone who submitted. Click here for the full list of winners and prizes.

 

DO YOU HAVE A CREATIVE URBAN DESIGN IDEA FOR WINNIPEG? SHARE YOUR IDEA AND SEE IT REALIZED IN 2016!

Available to all Winnipeggers, CHAIR YOUR IDEA is a crowdsourced and crowdfunded open competition that seeks to generate 1000+ urban design ideas and $30,000+ to realize the winning idea.

For a $25 registration fee participants are asked to submit their creative initiative in 140 characters or less [Twitter length] and contribute one WHITE CHAIR for public use to mark their submission.

The chairs are placed in public locations throughout the city and cared for by participating local businesses for the duration of the three week competition period. The accumulating chairs and the creative new ideas associated with them will allow Winnipeggers to take a seat in the newly claimed public spaces, take part in the urban design discussion, and exchange thoughts on how to make our city even better.

The campaign launched on August 27th with release of ‘celebrity chairs’, sample ideas and chairs dedicated and by well known Winnipeg personalities and community leaders. 

At the end of the competition period the winning idea[s] are selected by a high caliber jury and the campaign will culminate in a downtown BLOCK PARTY Saturday September 19, 2015 as part of the Winnipeg Design Festival. At the event, taking place in a prominent location, the 1000+ chairs will be gathered for a final spectacular display of Winnipeg innovation, pride and spirit, and the winner[s] of the competition are announced. 

We know great ideas can come from anyone. We invite you to 'take your seat at the table' and join the conversation about urban design in our city.

 

Registration has closed.

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WANT TO PARTICIPATE?  HERE'S HOW:

            1. HAVE A $30,000 IDEA AND DESCRIBE IT IN 140 CHARACTERS OR LESS

2. REGISTER ONLINE AND SUBMIT YOUR $25 REGISTRATION FEE USING THE LINK BELOW

3. CONTRIBUTE A WHITE CHAIR AND PUT YOUR IDEA, REGISTRATION NUMBER,  AND WWW.CHAIRYOURIDEA.CA ON IT

4. BRING YOUR CHAIR TO YOUR SELECTED CHAIRTAKER LOCATION (AVAILABLE LOCATIONS CAN BE FOUND ON THE REGISTRATION FORM)

... JOIN US ON SEPTEMBER 19TH AND BRING YOUR CHAIR TO THE BLOCK PARTY FOR THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE WINNERS

 

THE COMPETITION HAS CLOSED

 

THE JURY

Entries will be judged on impact, creativity, and feasibility.

 

Brent Bellamy, M.Arch. MAA. MRAIC.

Brent Bellamy is an architect and public advocate for sustainable city-building and human-focused design. Over the past six years he has contributed a featured business column in the Winnipeg Free Press titled ‘On Architecture’, in which he challenges the conventional perceptions of architectural and urban form. He explores the connection between design and economic growth, environmental sustainability, civic competitiveness and quality of life.

Brent is Creative Director at Number TEN Architectural Group, an integrated practice of architecture, interior design and planning, based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Projects such as the University of Winnipeg’s, Richardson College for the Environment, the Qualico Family Centre at Assiniboine Park and the Winnipeg Humane Society, illustrate his commitment to the principles of sustainable design and represent his desire to create thoughtful and efficient architectural form.

 

Hazel Borys

Hazel Borys is Managing Principal of PlaceMakersan urban design, coding, and communications firm working in the US and Canada. She guides governments through land use law reforms - allowing walkable, mixed-use, compact resilient places to develop by right - and helps developers build under the increasingly prevalent form-based codes of the new economy. While building livable places, she looks through the lens of the elements of wellbeing, to pursue measurable results of  happier, healthier places. Hazel is an electrical engineer with an MBA. She is the organizer of the  Placemaking@Work webinar education series and the SmartCode Workshop, board member of the Transect Codes Council, co-author of the  Codes Study,  blogger on PlaceShakers, and keynote speaker on livability.

 

Heather Cram

Heather is a landscape architect and principal emeritus at HTFC Planning and Design, with extensive experience in community planning, urban design, heritage research and strategic planning. She has played a major role in the initiation and development of a public art program for the city of Winnipeg, has worked extensively in community development and urban design, as well as, having authored heritage plans for communities. Heather has worked with First Nation communities over the last 25 years, assisting them with community development, in the areas of cultural and heritage development. Her particular area of expertise, over the past 20 years has been in cultural heritage and exhibit design, both interior and exterior. 

 

 

Robert Falcon-Ouellette

Coming from Red Pheasant First Nation in Saskatchewan and raised in Calgary, Robert-Falcon moved to Winnipeg in 2010 and quickly earned a reputation as a diligent community advocate working to bridge racial and economic divides. Robert-Falcon spent 19 years with the Canadian Armed Forces, has worked as a professional musician and holds a PhD from Université Laval. Robert-Falcon was a Program Director for the Aboriginal Focus Programs at the University of Manitoba, where he was a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council funded researcher on education and Métis issues of identity. He is passionate about addressing and solving inner-city issues, city planning, and transit.

Robert is the Liberal candidate for Member of Parliament in the riding of Winnipeg Centre.

 

John Kiernan, Manager of the Urban Design Division, City of Winnipeg 

John Kiernan has a passion for parks and public spaces and is the manager of the Urban Design Division for the City of Winnipeg. It is this portfolio of landscape architects, planners, architects and engineers that is responsible for parks, plays spaces, streetscapes, riverbank development, public art, heritage resources and their  development within the City.

John leads this group of urban designers and planner whose work ranges from small pocket parks to large urban spaces and includes community places and facilities.  He has 20 years’ experience in focusing on how people act, react and enjoy those spaces, and his work group is engaged in over 100+ projects each year for the City of Winnipeg. His background is in project management, landscape architecture and history.

John provides advice to the Director of the Planning Property and Development Department and members of Council on: urban design; park and recreation planning; project implementation; and community initiatives.

 

Rachelle Lemieux, B.E.D. M.Arch. MRAIC. LEED G.A.

A graduate of the University of Manitoba, Rachelle is extremely passionate about the design profession and the impact architects make in the public realm. As the RAIC director of interns and intern architects, her primary mandate is to increase the dialogue between intern representation across the country. Rachelle also aims to bring further clarity, connection, and representation for interns entering the Internship in Architecture Program through an inclusive process.  She believes that developing a clearer outline of the role and opportunities for interns will increase the quality and participation of the internship experience and help improve the internship process overall. 

Rachelle is an intern at Stantec Architecture in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with a focus on Sports Architecture.  Rachelle has participated in the CACB conference ''Educating Future Architects'', has been part of a continuing education panel at the RAIC festival in Calgary, and has recently sat on the accreditation visit at Dalhousie University, as an intern team member.  

 

David Penner, B.E.D., M.Arch, MAA, FRAIC, Storefront MB

David Penner was born and raised in Winnipeg’s Osborne Village and obtained his architecture degree at the University of Manitoba in 1985. His firm, David Penner Architect, was established in 1993, and over the years has been recognized by more than 10 regional awards for design excellence. In 1999, on behalf of the MAA, David co-founded the Prairie Design Awards program. In 2004, David was a co-founding member of the City of Winnipeg’s Urban Design Advisory Committee and in 2011 became the founding President of Storefront Manitoba, an organization dedicated to advancing public awareness of design and urbanism. David became a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada in 2012.

 

Alyssa Schwann, Assistant Professor

Alyssa is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Architecture, Environmental Design, at the University of Manitoba. She has previously taught at the University of British Columbia School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture as an Adjunct and Visiting Professor. Her professional experience includes practice as a landscape architect and urban designer in Canada, the UK, and the Netherlands with projects in North America, Europe, and North and South Africa. She spent several years at West 8 in the Netherlands as a project leader and landscape architect, with a focus on parks, gardens and public space, including the high profile winning urban design projects for Toronto’s Central Waterfront and Governors Island, NY.   

Her current practice, Atelier Anonymous, focuses on the intersection between design, heritage conservation, and environmental activism. Atelier Anonymous recently formed the Global Landscape Foundation, a society which works with non-profit organizations to provide targeted expertise and funding for ‘at-risk’ urban landscapes such as historic public gardens, parks, and urban areas within developing regions, areas which suffer from lack of resources, and where the need for advocacy is identified. One of the projects currently under development, in co-ordination with the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, is the establishment of an Historic Gardens Institute in Kashmir, India.

 

Scott Stirton, President and CEO Architecture49 Inc.

Scott is a practicing architect in Winnipeg and CEO of newly formed Architecture49, one of Canada’s largest and geographically diverse architectural practices. Scott is a committed advocate for architectural excellence in Winnipeg and is recognized for his expertise in the design and leadership of community building projects in the fields of Health and Wellness and Research and Technology.  He is passionate in his belief that the built environment can amplify an organization’s competiveness, energize and inspire people, and positively enhance the public realm.

In addition to leading local community projects, Scott enjoys managing an architectural practice that embodies the diversity of Canadian geography, culture and design excellence.  

Scott has dedicated his energy to the architectural profession locally and nationally and has served on council at the Manitoba Association of Architects and is currently Vice-Chair of the Canadian Large Firm Round Table. 

As a spirited supporter of Winnipeg, Scott has committed significant time as a Board Member for organizations including the Health Sciences Centre Foundation, CentreVenture Development Corporation, and the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce.

 

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