Cool Gardens 2019

2019-02-28 ~ 2019-04-15
Architecture design

Competition introduction

Type: Architecture Design

Organizer: StorefrontMB

Partner:Young Bird Plan

Eligibility: Unlimited

Location: Canada

Submission deadline: April 15th, 2019


About Competition

Presented by StorefrontMB and The Forks, Cool Gardens was established as a central Canadian counterpart to the Reford / Jardin de Metis concept, celebrating the interface between nature, art, architecture, urbanism, and design. The exhibition has run in Winnipeg for the past six years, with 2019 marking the seventh annual event. Past exhibitors include BGL, SPMB, Sol Desharnais, Scatliff+Miller+Murray, Ewa Tarsia, ATLRG, and Claude Cormier [ providing a visiting garden from the Jardins de Métis ]. The event is highly accessible to a broad audience including children, tourists, shoppers, cyclists, and business people. Cool Gardens mirrors Winnipeg’s internationally acclaimed Warming Huts Winter Program. Cool Gardens places design culture at the center of the summer activities in Winnipeg, while offering pleasant relief from summer’s exasperations. Installations will run from Main Street to Provencher Boulevard, highlighting this generally unrecognized pedestrian linkage that bridges the Anglophone and Francophone communities. Installations along this axis provide an engaging, creative, and active experience of downtown Winnipeg. Cool Gardens 2019 will take place from July 3rd to September 28th. In addition to the new garden selected by competition, Cool Gardens 2019 will include an invited garden by Winnipeg-based Métis artist Kenneth Lavallee, a student-designed garden by University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture students, as well as the re-commission of 5 previous gardens: COOL [ MVRDV ], Shovel Garden [ Nadi Design ], Floating Flowers [ Hugo Bertrand + Noël Picaper ], Cool Dot [ Ewa Tarsia ], and Beachscape [ SPMB ].

The Call for Entries 2019 seeks creative entries that prompt curiosity, play, and appreciation of urban spaces by highlighting the signifcance of nature, art, and design. Central to Cool Gardens is the idea that contemporary design can instigate participation in public spaces in interactive, critical, poetic, and meaningful ways. The intention of this emergent festival is to provoke questions about our public spaces and about the role of landscape architecture and design to give enhanced meaning and value to our urban culture. Cool Gardens thus animates our public spaces with a critical collection of experiences – expanding the idea of what a garden might be. Cool Gardens expands the vocabulary of garden design and serves as a learning tool. As we go back to our boulevards and backyards we hope to spread the creativity of Cool Gardens to the everyday practice of gardening in our city and region, creating in the process a dialogue on contemporary design with our sister cities across Canada and the world.


「About StorefrontMB

StorefrontMB was established in 2010 to foster Design Culture in Manitoba. Since its inception, StorefrontMB has coordinated a host of events, including: forums, flm series, the Winnipeg Design Festival, CommerceDesignWinnipeg, the Architecture Fringe Festival, and TableFor1200More. StorefrontMB has also published a number of books on architecture, design and urbanism including ‘Cool Gardens – An Exhibition of Temporary Installations’, celebrating the frst fve years of the project. The organization is overseen by a board of directors that draws from all spatial disciplines: Landscape, Architecture, Interior Design and Planning.


「About Young Bird Plan

In 2013, Young Bird Plan, founded by Isa Ye, is an international platform for high-quality design competitions. With three key elements: construction, mentor’s guidance and interdisciplinary jury, the platform makes every effort to create opportunities for young designers in China. It is fast becoming a leading voice in global design fields like architecture design, landscaping design, interior design, product design, logo design and fashion design. Young Bird Plan has attracted 879 colleges and universities and 3,388 design institutes in 217 cities of 54 countries.

Since establishment, the platform is committed to providing young designers with more practical opportunities with the concept of “Competition makes a different world”. On the other hand, it constantly connects and meets various demands from political, business, and academic circles and actively fills supply and demand gaps among designers, manufacturers, developers, urban operators and users. As a result, design competition projects and related products focusing on urban space and daily life will be further promoted and perfectly made, which contributes to the urbanization in China. It is one of the most influential design competition platforms in the world.


 Final budgets for the gardens will be subject to funding, the recommended breakdown is as follows:
– Team / Artist Fees $1,500
– Hardscaping: $2,500
– Softscaping: $3,500
– Labour/installation: $2,500
– Total Budget: $10,000
✰ The winning entrants will manage and oversee the construction of the gardens in consultation with Cool Gardens curators. Installation of the gardens will be executed by the designers, or managed by them and paid for from the
✰ Total Budget:
– In addition, up to $1000 will be provided to help offset transport and accommodation costs for each winning team from outside the province of Manitoba. Out-of-province teams are encouraged to seek travel grants from their own jurisdictions to make up the difference.
– Teams are also encouraged to source additional funding or in-kind contributions for their installations if actual costs exceed the Total Installation Budget. Gardens may be exhibited for more than one year. In the case where a garden is re-mounted, the design team will receive an additional honorarium.