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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THE WINNERS ARE:

GRAND PRIZE: IDEA TO BE REALIZED + $1,000 cash. courtesy of Manitoba Association of Architects

#0489

Hold a contest for kids to design art and poetry on environment theme - print winners on buses. Good messages to encourage youth ridership.

Haeyoung Kwon

 

PEOPLE’S CHOICE FINALISTS:

Each receive a Herman Miller Task Chair + compete in people’s choice [voting opens on Monday Sep. 21st and runs until Sun Sep. 27th]

 

#0015

Have an ice cream festival and give away $30,000 worth of free ice cream

Wii Chiiwaakanak Math Readiness Youth Program

 

#0056

Design a mobile grocery kiosk operated by local vendors, taking affordable, fresh food around various neighbourhoods, reducing food deserts

Sachit Mehra

 

#0537

Paint a scramble corner at Portage & Main - citizens can imagine one day owning the intersection

Jim Wagner

 

 

OTHER TOP TEN IDEAS:

#0039

Create a medicine garden in the North End with sage, kinickaniack, sweetgrass, and cedar.

Nadinawe Safe House

 

#0250

Community bonfire pits to join the community together and get outside in the long winter months. Marshmallows recommended.

Camille Del Bigio

 

#0368

A ‘Funhole’ is a pothole filled with colourful grout. It’s a fun way to add character to Winnipeg while also improving road conditions.

Christy Donald

 

#0458

Designate an area of The Forks for a permanent Food Truck Village. Include a weather controlled area for live music and pedestrian use.

Micaela Mandelbaum

 

#0552

Create a #tacticalurbanism fund for low-cost, seasonal, people-first projects - crosswalk paint, parklets, planters...Most grants < $250

Micheal Pyl

 

#0725

<0.05% of native prairie habitat remains. City spends $37,438 a year mowing. Stop mowing highway boulevards. Restore native species!

Sasha Amaya

 

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

 

All of the submissions will appear on this website in our Twitter feed and will ultimately be presented to City Hall as an idea bank for future use.

 

 

PRIZES

MANITOBA ASSOCIATION OF ARCHITECTS PRIZE ($1000 CASH)

The MAA has generously donated a $1000 cash prize to be awarded to the author of the winning idea submission.

The Manitoba Association of Architects (MAA) is a self-governing professional association that is mandated by the Province of Manitoba to regulate the practice of architecture. 

The MAA serves to advance the profession of architecture and actively engages and educates the public in architecture and design at a grassroots level. It proudly supports StorefrontMB and a myriad of projects such as Table for 1200/1201, Warming Huts, Commerce Design Winnipeg and Chair Your Idea etc.

 
 

 

COI SMART FURNITURE PRESENTS THE HERMAN MILLER PEOPLE'S CHOICE NOMINEE PRIZE (3 PRIZES AWARDED ESTIMATED VALUE $850 EACH)

 

Three Honourable Mentions will be selected by the jury to compete in an online poll for People's Choice. Each of the Honourable Mention Winners will receive a Herman Miller Mirra Ergonomic Task chair.

Herman Miller is a recognized innovator in contemporary interior furnishings, office furniture and solutions for healthcare environments. The company has produced furniture that would have become classics of industrial design.

Available at COI smartfurniture in Winnipeg, providers of premier furniture and services for the spaces where people work, live, learn, and heal. We create offices for people and performance–places where people want to be and where they are inspired to do their best work.

http://coi.bz

 
 
 
 

#FINDITDOWNTOWN PHOTO COMPETITION (VALUE $500)

The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ presents the #finditdowntown prize. Post a picture of yourself with one of the white chairs from the competition on Instagram using #chairyouridea  and be entered to win a prize package valued at $500 which includes a night out Downtown!

 
 

CHAIR YOUR IDEA CLASSROOM PRIZE

Teachers! Are you looking to start the year with a great project that fits with the Manitoba curriculum under Education for Sustainable Development? Invite your class to CHAIR YOUR IDEA and show students how they can have an active and positive role in urban design in their city. We are challenging classrooms across Winnipeg to submit their idea on how to improve public space in Winnipeg. Get your class to submit an idea and they will be entered to win a hot lunch courtesy of 24-7 InTouch Contact Centres.

 

Have questions? Send us an email info@chairyouridea.ca

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