In December of 2012, 45 teams from 17 countries set forth to re-imagine our landscape, and today(Nov. 4) the University of Manitoba announces that a team of Canadian firms has won its Visionary (re)Generation Open International Design Competition. What has been selected are not the final plans for the site’s development. Rather, this winning concept will guide development as the university continues to work with its stakeholders and the winning team.
The winners are Janet Rosenberg & Studio Inc., Toronto and Cibinel Architects Ltd., Winnipeg, with Landmark Planning & Design Inc., Winnipeg, and ARUP Canada Inc., Toronto. Their proposal — “Arpent”, a unit of measurement — will guide the development of a rare and beautiful parcel of land on the Fort Garry campus.
The following four prizes were awarded:
Janet Rosenberg & Studio Inc., Toronto and Cibinel Architects Ltd., Winnipeg, with Landmark Planning & Design Inc., Winnipeg, and ARUP Canada Inc., Toronto
Perkins+Will, Vancouver, 1X1 Architecture, Winnipeg, and PFS, Vancouver
DTAH, Toronto with Cohlmeyer Architecture Limited, Winnipeg, Integral Group, Toronto, and BA Group, Toronto
IAD | Independent Architectural Diplomacy S.A. with Bomainpasa, and PGI GRUP, Madrid
nodo17 Architects with ARUP, Design Convergence Urbanism (DCU), and Miguel Perez Carballo, Madrid
AECOM Canada Ltd., Winnipeg, Burnaby and New York
The competition was launched in December 2012 as a challenge to the world’s most innovative landscape architects, architects and planners to rethink the Fort Garry Campus, including the Southwood Precinct, and create a bold new plan that will secure a strong future for the U of M.
In March 2013, 45 teams submitted their design proposals in Phase 1 of the competition. Six finalist teams were selected by the jury in April 2013 to further develop their proposals in Phase 2 of the competition. On September 20th these design proposals were presented to the jury for a final decision.
The jury includes representatives from the University of Manitoba, Manitoba Hydro, Alumni stakeholders, as well as independent architects, urban designers, planners and landscape architects from Canada, the US, Germany, and Switzerland.
A public exhibition of the work will be on display at the U of M from November 5-10, and at Manitoba Hydro Place from December 11-29. Visit visionaryregeneration.com for more information.
The winning team will now be involved in the development of a more detailed master plan as the Planning Phase of Visionary (re)Generation is set to begin in early 2014.
IMAGE CREDIT | Courtesy of University of Manitoba – Competition Entry Winner Janet Rosenberg & Studio Inc., Toronto and Cibinel Architects Ltd., Winnipeg, with Landmark Planning & Design Inc., Winnipeg, and ARUP Canada Inc., Toronto