We announced the Back to the River design competition in May, and now Stage 1 is complete. The organisers received 19 high quality submissions from design firms from around the world. The London Community Foundation, the City of London and Upper Thames River Conservation Authority, have selected 5 teams to make full submissions in the second phase of the competition.
The firms selected to make complete proposals for the re-design and re-imagining of the downtown stretches of London’s magnificent Thames River are:
Brook McIlroy, Toronto and Thunder Bay
PWL Partnership, Vancouver
Janet Rosenberg Studio, Toronto
Stoss + Dillon, Boston and Toronto
The next phase of the competition will involve the preparation of a complete vision for the entire downtown riverfront, more detailed plans for the river edges around the Forks of the Thames and the SoHo District. Each shortlisted proponent will be awarded an honorarium of $40,000.
Final submissions will be received in mid-October, with the winning submission and firm will be announced in early November. The winning proponent will be awarded a design contract with the City of London of at least $200,000 to initiate a detailed design of the inaugural project at the Forks of the Thames.
World War I Centennial Commission is currently holding a design competition for the World War I Memorial to be located at Pershing Park on Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington D.C. Congress has authorized the World War I Centennial Commission to enhance the existing Pershing memorial by constructing on Pershing Park “appropriate sculptural and other commemorative elements, including landscaping.” The objective of this design competition is to transform Pershing Park from a park that happens to contain a memorial to a site that is primarily a national World War I memorial, within a revitalized urban park setting with a distinct sense of place that complements the memorial purpose while attracting visitors, workers, and residents of the District of Columbia.
Incisions + Incubators was completed for the Homegrown National Park Exhibition. Shift was one of eight invited firms to participate in this design exhibit sponsored by the David Suzuki Foundation and organized by Workshop Architecture. The projects were exhibited as part of a summer long event drawing attention to the idea of developing small scale initiatives which could increase the environmental sustainability of Toronto, Ontario.
Taking a cue from the City’s creative, social-media-supported RFI, a group of designers from Sasaki, spanning graphic design, landscape architecture, urban design, planning, architecture, and programming specializations, launched a grassroots campaign that responds to the RFI on its same terms. They created the #PlazaPlus hashtag to spur further dialogue with the public around
#CityHallPlaza. Breaking with traditional project norms, the #PlazaPlus design team took to the streets, spending many weekend and night-time hours out on the plaza, hearing from community members and capturing their hopes in inspired visuals. The team collected over 100 handwritten suggestion cards from Bostonians, which reiterated that the public yearns for a usable plaza and that the ultimate solutions for this space will need to be comprehensive and thoughtful.