Winners of the Lost Spaces 2015 Ideas Competition announced

The jury for the inaugural Lost Spaces 2015 Ideas Competition has selected a total of six prizes and six honourable mentions. The competition received more than 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. For the purposes of the competition, a “lost space” is any space that remains underutilized within our urban environment. Entries hailed from 40 countries, each adapting a lost space solution to the Calgary climate and urban topography.

The five-member jury, comprised of individuals in the fields of art, architecture and design selected the Lost Railways, an idea designed by Laboratoria de arquitectura y paisaje, as the top award winner. Reinvigorating a disused railway, the idea considers the ecosystems that transform naturally over time.

In addition to the first prize, five field prize awards were selected for their ability to address needs specific to challenges facing the improvement of the public infrastructure, parks and the public realm. Competition ideas showcased the potential that is afforded from cross-disciplinary collaboration, setting a precedent for the design and collaborative approach of future projects. Entries ranged from small insertions to visionary ideas and many took aim at the complexity of a lost space from multiple perspectives, integrating the unique approaches of art, engineering, architecture and design into a lost space idea.

The shortlist of the dozen winning submissions will be exhibited at the Contemporary Calgary / C2 from May 7-23, 2015, followed by an exhibition in the windows at the Centre Street LRT platform from May 25-July 28, 2015.

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.

The winners are:

• First Prize: Lost Railways by Laboratoria de arquitectura y paisaje, Edgar Mazo, Sebastian Meija, Iojann Restrepo, Glenn Pouliquen
• Transportation Field Prize: Occult Prairie by by Judit Urgelles, Casey Collins
• Water Services Field Prize: Calgary Dehydrants by Kyle O’Connor
• Parks Field Prize: Pollen-nation by Jamal Nureddin, Nadja Pausch
• Public Art Field Prize: UnderSky by Jorge Sanfulgencio, Julio Romero
• Planning Field Prize: Clover Leaf by David Whittman, Mike Murray, Hannah Perry, Jonathan Sagi, Katelyn Junkin, Dave Robertson
• Honourable Mention: Get Lost in the Street by Felicia Sartika, Juanita Christine, Shirleen Alvita
• Honourable Mention: Outplay by Mihail Dimitrov, Ana Dyadkova, Stamena Slavova, Stoyko Enchev, Simona Kbadova
• Honourable Mention: Seepers by Jitka Svensson, Christel Lindgren, Mike Friesen
• Honourable Mention: Greeting Cards by Federico Perugini, Thais de Roquemaurel, Alessandra Vizzini, Paolo Pirasso
• Honourable Mention: Lineside Park by Yves Poitras, Trevor Steckley
• Honourable Mention: Playful City by Emily Cheng, Jennifer Davis

The jury was comprised of five individuals including: Shane Coen, founder of innovative landscape architecture studio Coen+Partners in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Diana Sherlock, independent Canadian curator, writer and educator; Susan S. Szenasy, publisher/editor in chief of METROPOLIS, the New York City-based magazine of architecture and design; award-winning Quebec City- and Montreal-based architect Pierre Thibault; Shauna Thompson, curator at the Esker Foundation, a privately funded, non-commercial contemporary art gallery in Calgary.

Design Talks Institute (d.talks) is a grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to fostering collaboration and conversation on design and the built environment in Calgary. Find more at

WATERSHED+ is a part of the City of Calgary’s Utilites & Environmental Protection Public Art Program. Find out more at