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Cool Gardens 2019: Call for Submissions - International Garden competition
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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Presented by StorefrontMB and The Forks, Cool Gardens 2019 now is calling for submissions, seeking creative entries that prompt curiosity, play, and appreciation of urban spaces by highlighting the significance of nature, art, and design.
Cool Gardens is a public exhibition of contemporary garden and art installations that offers a shift of sensation for the summer—cooling—as a general theme for public projects in Winnipeg’s downtown. The competition will feature locally, nationally, and internationally acclaimed artists and practitioners in the Winnipeg con-text, highlighting the value of art and design in public space.
Presented by StorefrontMB and The Forks, Cool Gardens was established as a central Canadian counterpart to the Reford / Jardin de Metis concept, celebrating the interface between nature, art, architecture, urbanism, and design. The exhibition has run in Winnipeg for the past six years, with 2019 marking the seventh annual event. Cool Gardens brings architects, landscape architects, designers, artists, and the public together, cel-ebrating the interface between architecture, urbanism, landscape, and design. Guidelines:
The Call for Entries 2019 seeks creative entries that prompt curiosity, play, and appreciation of urban spaces by highlighting the significance of nature, art, and design. Central to Cool Gardens is the idea that contemporary design can instigate participation in public spaces in interactive, critical, poetic, and meaningful ways.
The intention of this emergent festival is to provoke questions about our public spaces and about the role of landscape architecture and design to give enhanced meaning and value to our urban culture. Cool Gardens thus animates our public spaces with a critical collection of experiences - expanding the idea of what a garden might be.
While there is no overarching competition theme, entrants are expected to be responsive to the specificity of site within the overall framework of cooling. Proponents may also wish to indicate how their garden would be feasible to re-mount in subsequent years.
The Garden Competition site is located east of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and at the southwest foot of the Esplanade Riel pedestrian / cycle bridge. The site is thus situated at the heart of Winnipegʼs tourism hub and is easily accessible to visitors. The site hosts views onto the surrounding Forks area, the Red River, and nearby landmarks, including the Museum and the Esplanade Riel. The curvilinear path of the Forks River Walk forms the eastern and southern boundary of the site. The resulting shape of the site is an irregular semi-circular plot, approximately 30m wide and 50m in length... for more details consult official website.
All entries need to be submitted in English by email at email@example.com. Email size must not exceed 7.5MB. Files must follow the format and entry requirements listed below for both team information and design proposal information.
Part One: Team Information
• 4 page maximum (format for 8.5” x 11” printing)
• Name of proposed project
• Individual or team members’ names with brief CV
• Name of one main contact person, including contact coordinates
• A max. 100-word description of the individual or team including academic or professional association affiliation
• 4 images of selected projects for which team members have been responsible. Images must be accompanied by a brief description for each project.
Part Two: Design Proposal Information
• Project Summary (11” x 17” format, landscape)
• 100 to 150 word text describing overall design idea and experience offered to visitors
• Minimum of one 3D rendering showing the garden in its entirety
• Discretionary Images: concept diagram(s), precedents, etc.
• Design Details (11” x 17” format, landscape)
• 4 main views or plan / elevations of the garden indicating size and specific materials proposed
• Diagram(s) and / or detail(s) indicating method of installation / construction
Submission documents must be landscape format PDFs with 300dpi resolution and be organized into two separate PDF documents labelled accordingly: TI_registration number and DPI_registration number. Eg.: TI_456 and DPI_456
Winning proposals will be selected by the jury based on:
• artistic merit,
• provisions for barrier-free access,
• ease of fabrication and decommissioning,
• interpretation of site and cooling,
• and most importantly, potential for public engagement.
The Cool Gardens 2019 will take place from July 3rd to September 28th.
There is no entry fee to participate!
It's free to enter!
Who can enter?
This Call for Submissions is open to teams and individuals consisting of designers, architects, landscape architects, and/or visual artists. Individuals may be students, interns, or practitioners. Multiple submissions are permitted.
Final budgets for the gardens will be subject to funding, the recommended breakdown is as follows:
• Team / Artist Fees $1,500
• Hardscaping: $2,500
• Softscaping: $3,500
• Labour/installation: $2,500
• Total Budget: $10,000
The winning entrants will manage and oversee the construction of the gardens in consultation with Cool Gardens curators. Installation of the gardens will be executed by the designers, or managed by them and paid for from the Total Budget.
In addition, up to $1000 will be provided to help offset transport and accommodation costs for each winning team from outside the province of Manitoba. Out-of-province teams are encouraged to seek travel grants from their own jurisdictions to make up the difference. Teams are also encouraged to source additional funding or in-kind contributions for their installations if actual costs exceed the Total Installation Budget. Gardens may be exhibited for more than one year. In the case where a garden is re-mounted, the design team will receive an additional honorarium.
For all further informations about the Cool Gardens 2019: Call for Submissions visit the following official website: