VISIONARY (re)generation: University of Manitoba Fort Garry Campus Plan Competition

This open international competition asks teams to develop an overall vision and urban design strategy that incorporates the guiding principles and design objectives established through an extensive consultation process with University and community stakeholders. Up to seven selected finalist teams will advance to a second, more detailed design phase of the competition to refine their vision for a sustainable campus community. Each team will receive an honorarium to fully develop their concept and vision. The top four finalists will receive an additional prize.

The winning team will be responsible for three tasks. First is a campus plan for the University of Manitoba that identifies a physical planning and design framework to guide the future growth and development of the campus. Second is a conceptual plan for the 49-hectare (120-acre) Southwood Precinct, formerly home to the Southwood Golf and Country Club. This plan will illustrate opportunities for residential and mixed-use retail and hospitality space, while preserving many of the site’s existing mature trees.

And finally, the winner will create a phase one site plan for eight hectares (20 acres) of the Southwood Precinct. This plan will include the conceptualization and siting of the first demonstration project, which will consist of mixed-use, multi-generational residential development and public spaces that accommodate both students and the wider community, as well as supporting amenities.

The promoter will provide the net amount of approximately $270,000 for fees and prizes for services rendered. The total amount of prizes was determined in relation to the size of the project and in respect of the competition requirements. The final total depends on the number of participants at Phase 2; the figure above is based on the assumption of a number of seven finalists.

Every participant who advances to Phase 2 and submits a detailed design concept conforming to the requirements laid down in the competition brief will receive a flat-rate fee of $30,000 in respect of expenses incurred.

In addition to this, the following prizes shall be awarded: 1st prize of $24,000; 2nd prize of $18,000; 3rd prize of $12,000; and 4th prize of $6,000. All figures are in Canadian dollars.

The jury is comprised of: Marc Ang´lil, Architect, Zurich; Geni Bahar, Transportation Engineer, North York; Ray Cole, Architect, Vancouver; Jennifer Keesmaat, Urban Planner, Toronto; Tobias Micke, Landscape Architect, Berlin; and Julie Snow, Architect, Minneapolis.

The deadline for Phase I entry submissions is March 11, 2013, and July 29, 2013 is the deadline for Phase II entry submissions. There is no fee to enter.

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