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In collaboration with the City of Toronto, the Waterfront Business Improvement Area, and the Toronto Downtown West Business Improvement Area, The Bentway is seeking Expression of Interest (EOI) submissions from professional artists and/or designers interested in participating in The Waterfront ReConnect Design Competition. Designed for a car-centric era, Toronto's Gardiner Expressway has long served as a street-level barrier between the City's core and a blossoming waterfront. As the city recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are asking what if this obstacle could be reimagined as a vital point of connection? This presents an exciting opportunity to build upon the larger waterfront revitalization effort and Gardiner rehabilitation project. Furthermore, it is an opportunity to develop an inclusive process, involving multiple public and private stakeholders, and demonstrate the potential of the Under Gardiner to become an integral part of the larger public realm.
In March 2021, after releasing the first Historical Repertory of Canadian Awards in all areas of the built environment, comprising an interactive database listing 2921 award-winning entries since the early 1990s, the Canada Research Chair in Architecture, Competitions and Mediations of Excellence (CRC-ACME) and the AREA-BE Network unveil the first illustrated Reference Map listing more than 190 awarded entries of 2020. From the thumbnails on the map or in the visual gallery, it is possible to reach the sites of all professional offices and awarding organizations across Canada. These reference tools work on all platforms and formats. We have also installed the Joint Calendar of Canadian Awards on a new site and simplify its use.
This design competition is part of a joint research initiative of the Concordia University Chair of Integrated Design, Ecology, and Sustainability for the Built Environment (IDEAS-BE) and the Canada Research Chair in Architecture, Competitions, Mediations of Excellence (CRC ACME) at Université de Montréal in collaboration with the Conseil reìgional de l'environnement de Montréal (CRE-Montreal) and the Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain (ARTM).
This design competition invites students to think of new ways to encourage and renew the experience of public transport. This opens up avenues redefining an enhanced relationship to urbanity and the sharing of public space while contributing to the ecological transition.
Archstorming, in collaboration with the NGO Let's Build my School are launching a competition in Marsassoum, Senegal, to build a new elementary school. A temporary school made of tin and bamboo is already on the site, but often collapses during the rainy season. The proposal should not require construction skills, should use sustainable, local and recycled materials, and above all should be easily replicable so that the inhabitants can draw inspiration from it to build their houses.