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Design contest opens for Toronto ‘food share hub’

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Architecture for Humanity Toronto has launched a contest for the new headquarters of the LifeCorps Food Share programme

Open to architects, students and recent graduates – the project will create a new base for the organisation which distributes perishable goods to food banks and homeless shelters.

Established in 2011, the LifeCorps Food Share collects surplus food from restaurants, cafes and food retailers in Canada’s York region.

The new 3,700m² building will feature a warehouse, farmers market, offices, boardroom, dining room, commercial kitchen, classrooms, community food bank and rooftop garden.

According to the competition brief: ‘This competition is intended to visually represent and explore the future potential of LifeCorps Food Share in their 10 year growth plan and bring to light issues of food insecurity in York Region.’


Submissions must include a poster, 10-slide presentation and 500-word project description.

Around £400 will be awarded to the winner and a second place prize worth around £170 is also available.

The top two submissions and three honourable mentions will also feature on the LifeCorps and Architecture for Humanity Toronto websites.

The deadline for submissions is 30 November.

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