LifeCorpsTM Food Share Hub Ideas Competition

LifeCorpsTM Food Share is LifeCorpsTM International’s domestic program. As a member of the Ontario Association of Food Banks for York Region, and acting as a “food hub”, LifeCorpsTM is the only agency that can safely collect and transport fresh, frozen and dry foods to 40 agencies in the region.

As part of the LifeCorpsTM growth plan, a “stand alone” building is needed in the near future that will house LifeCorpsTM programs, Farmers’ Markets, classrooms, rooftop community gardens and/or greenhouses, a community food bank, and employment training space. This competition is intended to visually represent and explore the future potential of LifeCorpsTM Food Share in their 10-year growth plan and bring to light issues of food insecurity in York Region.

This competition is open to members of Architecture for Humanity Toronto architects/students/recent graduates. There is no entry fee and submissions may be individual or in groups.

The submission deadline is December 19, 2014 (extended from original deadline of November 30, 2014) and entries should be sent to Please include “LifeCorps Food Share Hub Competition – Submission” in the subject line.

The submission is to be presented on one 18”x24” portrait-style full size poster and summarized into one 8.5”x11” landscape-style mini poster. An accompanying PDF digital presentation (maximum 10 slides – not including title slide) will need to be submitted along with the posters. Ensure that the total size of the submission is under 20 MB.

Names and any other personal information should not be included on the submission. Send name(s) and contact info (primary email, telephone number) in the main body of the submission email.

As this is an ideas competition, renderings/vignettes will be critical in illustrating the character of the future envisioned LifeCorpsTM Food Share hub. Plans/Elevations/Sections (drawn to scale) are important to demonstrate spatial planning and programmatic relationships however are not absolutely necessary if the required programs can be shown otherwise.

The submission should include a maximum 500 word description of the project (included on both the full size poster and digital presentation). Both the design and the description should reflect thoughtful consideration and research into LifeCorpsTM Food Share’s endeavours as well as the future of combatting food insecurity in York Region.

In addition to being a great portfolio piece, the top two submissions and three honourable mentions will be prominently featured on the LifeCorpsTM Food Share and Architecture for Humanity Toronto websites. The selected conceptual designs will be instrumental in aiding LifeCorpsTM to gain funding and support from potential stakeholders, demonstrating the essential role LifeCorpsTM plays in filling the food gap within the York Region community.

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