THE BENCH 2017 - International Design Competition

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.

Category Open to Students / Project Competition
Type International, Project, Open, Two-Stage, Onymous
Genre Street-Furniture
Country Winnipeg, Canada
Registration Deadline 18 August 2017 GoogleCal iCal
Submission Deadline 23 August 2017 (via Online) GoogleCal
Eligibility All

Description
THE BENCH 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 challenge of THE BENCH 2017 is to design a seasonal- seating-space along the street edge(s) defined by the competition. The competition will unfold in two phases: selection by jury and installation for seasonal use. Multiple entries will be chosen as winning entries and will be constructed for public use during the 2017 WINNIPEG DESIGN FESTIVAL.
During the festival, the organizers will schedule and facilitate THE BENCH TALKs alongside the benches and the festival grounds. The talks will invite urban designers/planners and the public to discuss ‘street as public space’ and specific resonances that the installed entries bring to the topic. Designers of the winning entries invited to take part in THE BENCH TALK.
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.
The only legitmacy of the street is as public space. Without it, there is no city.

Jury
Rami Bebawi, Montreal - KANVA
Brad Pickard, Saskatchewan - OPEN
Paul Dolic, Toronto - Kongat
Johanna Hurme, Wininpeg - 5468796
Sean Pearson, Vancouver - RUF
Tanner Merkeley, Rotterdam - OMA

Prize
A total amount of CD$5,000 will be the targeted budget for each individual bench.

Entry Fee
CD $100 (general)
CD $50 (student)

Timetable
Results: Aug. 27th, 2017

Links
Past winners

Organizer
STUFF (Studio for Transformative Urban Forms and Fields)

Official Website