In Winnipeg, The Forks Renewal Corporation, the city’s economic development agency, is looking to spur redevelopment in a neighborhood dominated by wide roads and parking lots. And how are they going about doing it? They’re holding a design competition. They’ve set basic goals of what they want to accomplish and the terms of what’s required to apply, and now they’re asking teams of designers including architects and developers to bring forward ideas.
The concept is as simple as it is innovative, and it revolves around the idea that competition breeds excellence. The reward for three teams is $10,000 to develop their ideas further, with the intent that the top ideas will be presented to the public for consideration.