March 29, 2006
by Canadian Architect
With much anticipation surrounding the results, Canada’s Walk of Fame unveiled today the three finalist submissions for its Streetscape Design Competition, a joint project of Canada’s Walk of Fame and the City of Toronto. The winning designs were submitted by the Toronto’s Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area, PGM Designs of Toronto and Madelina Wierzbicki, an architect based in British Columbia. A total of 13 submissions from across Canada were received over the past year along with one from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
“The calibre and creativity of the submissions were astounding,” said Peter Soumalias, President and CEO of Canada’s Walk of Fame. “In many cases, the designs went beyond the scope of the competition. It was an inspiring process to review each submission.”
All three candidates now move on to the second stage of competition. Stage Two finalists will receive an honorarium of $2,500 to develop refined proposals that include but are not limited to a scale model, drawings, cost estimates and other required details. The winning design will be announced in the fall of 2006, and will receive an award of $15,000. The second place design will receive $10,000 and the third place design will receive $5,000.
The City of Toronto is co-funding the competition. “The re-designed Walk of Fame will become a destination people will want to visit. In our year of creativity, it’s a terrific way of showcasing Toronto’s strong tradition of fostering artistic culture and it will become another beautiful landmark in our city,” said Mayor David Miller.
A jury of local professionals selected the finalists and will review second stage submissions. The jury includes: Duncan Ross, City of Toronto representative; Sol Wassermuhl, architect; Jim Degasperis, Jack Tomik, Randy Lennox, and Bill Ballard, all of the CWOF Board.
Established in 1998, Canada’s Walk of Fame aims to educate, inform, and inspire through the permanent celebration of the achievements of Canadian music, arts and entertainment luminaries. The annual celebration culminates in a televised tribute special that honours Canada’s finest stars from the worlds of arts, entertainment, and sports. Each inductee is immortalized, their names forever cemented into the sidewalks of Toronto’s entertainment district. To date, 93 Canadians have been honoured. A complete list of inductees and more details on Canada’s Walk of Fame can be found at www.canadaswalkoffame.com.