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As part of Canada's 150th anniversary, Aga Khan Foundation Canada and Just Food invite university and college students from across Canada to submit a design concept for an outdoor pavilion in a new community garden in Ottawa, Ontario.
The winning individual or team will have their design built, receive a $5,000 prize, and attend the fall celebration of the garden and pavilion in Ottawa.
This competition seeks ideas and projects stimulate appreciation of urban spaces by highlighting the significance of nature, art, and design. The chosen slogan, "MORE THAN WAITING FOR THE BUS" invites designers to reflect on contemporary approaches that can help invigorate these spaces in interactive, poetic, critical and meaningful ways: from solely utilitarian to more multi-purposed spaces surrounding bus stops.
Defined by the Biomimicry Institute as; "an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature's time-tested patterns and strategies", Biomimicry can be seen as one of the most fascinating and important methodology a designer can adopt today.
Nature is a balanced ecosystem. By studying its designs, one can extract clever ways of problem solving, which we - as humans - can then translate into our own contexts. Because this is a way of emulating natural processes, Biomimicry assures a more sustainable approach to man-made change; one that is much more in sync with the world we inhabit.
The LafargeHolcim Awards is the most significant global competition in sustainable design. Organized by the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction, the competition identifies the ideas with the highest potential to tackle today's challenges to increasing urbanization and to improve quality of life.