TownShift: Suburb into City

Entries are now being accepted for this open international ideas competition seeking innovative ideas for five of Surrey’s established town centres. The aim of this juried competition is to shift the thinking towards more intense, public-minded and productive urban futures for each of these town hubs within the province’s second most populous city. The hope is to open debate and generate innovative new thinking about suburbs transforming towards sustainability in an era of increasingly expensive energy, and to help transition Surrey from a postmodern suburb to a vital contemporary city. The task is to create livable, walkable, sustainable, residential density around shopping malls, retail strips, recreation centres and residential bungalows in the designated areas.


The competition has been approved by the Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC). Jury members include: Jane Durante, FCSLA, Durante-Kreuk Landscape Architects, Vancouver; David Miller, FAIA, Miller-Hull Partnership, Architecture Chair – University of  Washington; Mary Beth Rondeau, MAIBC, Acting City Architect – City of Surrey; Stephen Teeple, OAA FRAIC RCA, Teeple Architects, Toronto; and Peter Webb, B.Arch, Senior Vice President – Concord Pacific Development, Vancouver.


Registration closes on January 4, 2010. Entries will be showcased at an exhibit beginning February 4, 2010, with winners announced and awards presented on February 24, 2010. Some $75,000 in prize money is up for grabs.


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