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Design contest opens for Toronto beach installations

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An international design competition has been launched for a series of £8,000 winter installations on Toronto’s beaches

Open to artists, designers, architects and landscape architects, the contest seeks proposals for temporary structures ‘able to withstand the rigours of Toronto winter weather’.

The winning designs will be built between February and March on the Kew, Scarborough and Balmy beaches within The Beaches district of the Ontario capital.

The installations are expected to ‘convey warmth’ and attract new visitors to the beaches during winter. The structures will be fastened to five metal lifeguard stands which are evenly spaced along the waterfronts.

According to the brief: ‘Competitors are asked to create installations anchored to the lifeguard stands which can add among other things, colour, movement and humour to the landscape.

‘It is hoped these installations will engage the audience in a dialogue with designers and their intent.’

Proposals will be judged on their creativity, originality, coherence, durability and constructability.

The jury includes City of Toronto ward councillor Mary Margaret, Toronto Star architecture critic Christopher Hume and Peter Hargraves of Winnipeg-based Sputnik Architecture.

The winning teams – set to be announced 9 January – will receive a £2,000 honorarium for each design and be invited to the installations’ opening.

Entries must include four PDF files no larger than 7MB each.

The deadline for submissions is 5 December.






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