Winners Announced in Surrey’s Town Centres Design Competition

1st Prize & Overall prize for Guildford: Return of Ritual;Team: Renante Go-Soco Solivar

“TownShift: Suburb Into City” sponsored by the City of Surrey was a sustainable design competition to provide vision for Surrey’s five growing town centres – Cloverdale, Fleetwood, Guildford, Newton and Semiahmoo.

The competition attracted 138 submissions from 20 countries, and 27 finalists were selected by the five-member TownShift jury.

Renate Solivar of Vancouver took the overall top prize of $15,000 for his entry “Return of Ritual” which proposes structuring a new bold, brightly coloured construction along 152nd Street in front of Guildford Mall. In addition to the $15,000 first prize, his entry also won $10,000 for first prize in the Guildford category, for total winnings of $25,000.

All 27 have been on public display at Simon Fraser University (SFU) Surrey Central City for the past three weeks, and will remain on display until Feb 28th, the closing day of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

The next steps in taking new ideas and making them into reality will be explored at a special panel discussion entitled “Where Do We Go From Here?” at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s main Surrey Campus on Monday, March 29, 2010 at 7:00PM.

Cloverdale Winning Design: Surrey Crossing — Crossing Surrey; Team: Fang Liu; Tracey Mactavish; Henning Knoetzele; Peeroj Thakr

SOURCE: Townshift

For the full list of winners

Winning Entries
1st prize + overall prize Entry #42 Renante Solivar, Vancouver, BC
2nd prize #26 Vincent Siu, Vancouver, BC
Mention #158 Felicisimo Macalino, Vancouver, BC
1st prize Entry #34 Robert Denvir, Vancouver, BC
2nd prize #99 Matthew Johnson, Houston, Texas
Mention #71 Gerry Gleeson, Dublin, Ireland

1st prize Entry #143 Martin Liew, Richmond, BC
2nd prize #148 Luis Mujica, Medellin, Colombia
Mention #54 Stephanie Webb, Baytown, Texas

1st prize Entry #144 Peeroj Thakre, Vancouver, BC
2nd prize #131 Claudia Moreica, London, UK
Mention #85 Robert Toth, Vancouver, BC

2nd prize Entry #73 Alan James, Vancouver, BC
2nd prize #30 Richard Hulbert, West Vancouver BC

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