THE BENCH 2016 is an idea based design competition open to all ages and backgrounds. The challenge of the competition is to design and install a temporary structure on a street to transform the street environment to a form of public space. The competition is to design a seasonal-seating-space along the street edge of a retail front. The competition will unfold in three stages: selection by jury; construction and seasonal use, and an exhibition of entries. The winning entry, selected by the jury, will be constructed for public use during the summer and fall season of 2016. All entries will be documented and exhibited for public viewing, to generate awareness and discussion about ‘street as public space’. The organizers of THE BENCH will facilitate ongoing discussions of the topic during the use of THE BENCH and will seek ways to disseminate THE BENCH (i.e. donate to public school/park) at the end of the season.
023_ICE - STRANGE SPACES: CULTURAL INVENTION IN ICELAND
Strange Spaces was an interdisciplinary field trip and summer course involving two Canadian Universities and the Icelandic Academy of the Arts. The course combined lectures, drawing exercises, building research and fieldwork along Highway #1. Among the many themes explored were Catch & Release: Icelandic Farm Prisons; Isolation Chamber - a remote sound recording studio to explore new Icelandic musical forms; and Bird House, studies on the migratory patterns and distinctive characteristics of the birds of Iceland. - University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture & Dalhousie Faculty of Architecture and Planning
THE BENCH 2015 is an idea based design competition open to all ages and backgrounds. The challenge of the competition is to design and install a temporary structure on a street to transform the street environment to a form of public space. The competition is to design a seasonal-seating-space along the street edge of a retail front.
How can we (re) imagine the street as a public space? How can we imagine the street beyond its function as a ‘route’? How can we enact new dynamics and life on to the street? What are the existing potentials? How can we engage and interact with the existing potentials on the street? What kinds of (new) street dynamic can we imagine today? What new kinds of public space/scene could emerge from streets today? What are the elements that could trigger such a spatial transformation?