Lost Spaces Competition Jury Awards Celebration in Calgary

The Lost Spaces 2015 Competition Awards Celebration will take place on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at the Globe Cinema in Calgary. The jury, comprised of five individuals in the fields of art, architecture and design will announce the competition winners.

The competition received over 290 submissions that consider art, biodiversity, water management, utility, memory, and the function of the public realm in order to rethink what has been previously leftover and left behind. The shortlist of winning submissions will be exhibited at the C2 Gallery at City Hall in May followed by a June exhibition in the windows at the Centre Street LRT platform.

The jury was comprised of Susan S. Szenasy, publisher/editor in chief of Metropolis magazine; Quebec architect Pierre Thibault; curator, writer and educator Diana Sherlock; landscape architect Shane Coen; and Shauna Thompson, curator at the Esker Foundation.

The celebration takes place at Calgary’s Globe Cinema on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students, and can be purchased at lostspacesfound.eventbrite.ca.

The exhibition of shortlisted entries will be on view from May 7-23, 2015 at the C2 Gallery at City Hall, located in Suite 104, 800 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary. The exhibition is free and open to the public from Thursdays to Sundays from 12:00 noon to 6:00pm.

Susan S. Szenasy is the Publisher/Editor in Chief of Metropolis, the award-winning New York City-based magazine of architecture and design at all scales. Since 1986, she has led the publication and its other media platforms through decades of landmark journalism, achieving domestic and international recognition. She is a pioneer in connecting the environmental stewardship with design, and a tireless advocate for human-centred design. A book of her writings and talks, Szenasy, Design Advocate, was published recently by Metropolis Books/DAP.

Pierre Thibault is an architect who, since 1988, has defined his practice through environmentally incisive responses to urban, regional and wilderness settings. Based in Quebec City and Montreal, Atelier Pierre Thibault is focused on landscaping, cultural and institutional design that has earned numerous awards including the Governor General’s Medal and a Progressive Architecture Awards honourable mention.

Diana Sherlock is a Canadian independent curator, writer and educator whose projects create opportunities for contemporary artists to produce new work in response to specific collections, contexts, histories and display cultures. In 2014, she curated In the making for the Illingworth Kerr Gallery, and teaches in the School of Critical + Creative Studies at the Alberta College of Art + Design. She is a founding Board Member for Nuit Blanche Calgary and was on the Calgary Public Art Board until 2014.

Shane Coen has led the innovative landscape architecture studio Coen+Partners for over 20 years. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the studio has built a distinguished body of award-winning work as a result of his leadership, creativity and disciplined design approach. Grounded in an understanding that landscapes are influenced by people and place, Coen +Partners has worked with top and emerging global design talent to create site designs integrating programmatic, architectural, and ecological goals with innovation and beauty.

Shauna Thompson is Curator at the Esker Foundation, a privately funded, non-commercial contemporary art gallery in Calgary. Thompson has developed projects with artists including Beth Stuart, Celia Perrin Sidarous, Hannah Doerksen, Yvonne Mullock, Tobias Zielony, and Tyler Los-Jones among others. She is working on a solo exhibition of Paris-based artist Charlotte Moth.

The Lost Spaces 2015 Competition took place January 5-March 30, 2015. It was produced by d.talks, a design advocacy organization, in collaboration with WATERSHED+, a part of The City of Calgary’s Utilities & Environmental Protection Public Art program. Supported by The City of Calgary, an advisory consisting of the departments of Water Services, Parks, Roads and Transportation, Planning, and Public Art collectively offered input into the criteria with the aim of improving upon existing built form while setting a precedent for the design of future projects.

Design Talks Institute (d.talks) is a grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to fostering collaborative and engaging public conversation about design and the built environment. Find more at www.dtalks.org. WATERSHED+ is a part of the City of Calgary’s Utilites & Environmental Protection Public Art Program. Find more at www.watershedplus.ca.

For more information, please contact media@dtalks.org.