Ice Breakers 2017 by Justin Ridgeway

In the summer of 2016 Toronto' Waterfront BIA approached the Winter Stations team to come up with a project to animate the waterfront area along Queen's Quay. We came up with Ice Breakers - five curated temporary art installations dispersed amongst the parks and public spaces lining the commercial and residential boulevard. For its inaugural year, we approached Platant (Copenhagen, Denmark) and Winter Stations alumni, Michaela MacLeod and Nicholas Croft to contribute installations alongside projects developed RAW Design Inc. (co-founder), Ferris & Associates (co-founder) and curio x Jaspal Riyait. The exhibition opened on January 23, 2017.

 

image: Gabby Frank / Toronto Life    text: Justin Ridgeway, Samantha Edwards / Toronto Life

WinterStations 2016 winners announced! by Justin Ridgeway

In The Belly Of A Bear, Caitlind r.c. Brown, Wayne Garrett and Lane Shordee, Calgary, Alberta

In The Belly Of A Bear, Caitlind r.c. Brown, Wayne Garrett and Lane Shordee, Calgary, Alberta

The second year of the annual WinterStations project is now well underway. This year the international competition asked artists and designers to address the theme of Freeze / Thaw and respond to the changing climactic conditions and transitions of the Toronto winter.  So far, this turns out to be rather prescient, with a relatively warm and snowless winter. Last year the exhibition opened on a record cold day and the shore remained frozen over through the end of March, when the installations were dismantled. We'll have to wait and see what the rest of this winter holds. Sun or shine, snow or sleet, we may not be able to predict the weather, but we can announce the winners of the WinterStations 2016:

 

Floating Ropes, MUDO (Elodie Doukhan and Nicolas Mussche), Montreal, QC, CA

In The Belly Of A Bear, Caitlind r.c. Brown, Wayne Garrett and Lane Shordee, Calgary, AB, CA

Flow, Team Secret (Calvin Fung and Victor Huynh), Toronto, ON, CA

Sauna, FFLO (Claire Fernley and James Fox), Turnbridge Wells, Kent, UK

 

 

Lisa Rochon, Senior Fellow, Global Cities Institute U of T and Founder, Friends of the Beach Parks and Design Jury Chair commented:

 

The winners of the Winter Stations 2016 International Design Competition will stun visitors for their daring and irreverence. The design jury faced the alarming challenge of reviewing 380 submissions from around the world to select, ultimately, a short-list of four winners. This winter along the waterfront in Toronto's eastern Beach neighbourhood, expect a range of sensorial experiences, from "Floating Ropes," a cube defined by a forest of suspended thick ropes to "In the Belly of a Bear" a giant wooden ball with an accessible lounge at its core lined with vintage furs. In "Flow," digitally-fabricated wooden stars will be interconnected as hundreds of jagged wooden shapes mimic the complex structure of ice crystals. And, finally, Winter Stations 2016 gives Toronto its first public sauna, inspired by the wood-burning saunas of Finland, with the added bonus of transparent walls.  At night, solar-powered lights will illuminate the heated room and bathers inside, making this intervention a popular - and long overdue - destination by day and night. Combined with the installations designed by the participating universities, the Winter Stations promises to convert the eastern waterfront into an all-ages playground that doubles as a showcase of avant-garde architecture. 

 

For 2016, Ryerson University's Faculty of Architectural Science is returning, joined by two newly participating academic institutions - Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU) and Laurentian University - who will also be designing and building their own WinterStations. We look forward to seeing all of the WinterStations installed the weekend of February 13, with an official opening of Monday, February 15th, 2016.

 

WinterStations 2016 International Design Competition Launches by Justin Ridgeway

Brief As we learned this past year, during the winter of 2015, even record-cold temperatures cannot turn back Torontonians from the Beach. For 2016 we return with an expanded second annual WinterStations exhibition to celebrate Toronto's winter waterfront landscape. This year we are expecting to include up to thirteen lifeguard stands across Balmy, Kew and Ashbridges Bay beaches located in the heart of the Beach community, south of Queen Street East, between Woodbine and Victoria Park Avenues. These utilitarian structures are to be used as the armature for temporary installations which will need to be able to withstand the rigours of Toronto winter weather. The exhibition is to run February 15, 2015 until March 20, 2015. This is a single-stage open international competition, welcoming artists, designers, architects and landscape architects to submit proposals for WinterStations' temporary artwork installations. Theme This year's theme is Freeze / Thaw. Toronto winters are long and unpredictable. They consist of varying temperatures, amounts of precipitation, wind, in short: dispositions. There are days the snow falls heavy.  Other days are deceptively bright and sunny, but with bristling winds and plummeting cold. The snow accumulates, along with the ice, and sometimes it is blown away, dispersed in drifts. But at some point during the long winter months we wait for the temperatures to rise and the sun to melt it all away. Whether it will do so for good is always an unknown. The theme of Freeze / Thaw asks designers and artists to respond to the changing climactic conditions and transitions of the Toronto winter.  Designs may anticipate the coming spring or refuse to yield, reminding us December is only a few months behind and will return again. They may highlight a static moment or phase in our winter. Perhaps, most significantly, designs have the opportunity to observe, reflect or contrast the immediate waterfront landscape with its banks of snow and frozen ice. To this end, they should expect to be playful and provocative, creatively utilizing materials and site to inform concepts that echo the freeze / thaw narrative and engage the public. There is no limit to the size of the installation, but please note that included in the jurors instructions will be durability and constructability. Winning teams will be provided with an allowance for travel and accommodation to spend time in Toronto during the installation and the activities surrounding the opening, February 12 - 15, 2016. In 2015, this included an opening party at the Balmy Beach Club and a speaking engagement at Toronto’s Design Exchange. These events provide opportunities for citizens of Toronto to engage directly with the designers. Members of the design team should expect to meet with media to discuss their designs and ideas. Ryerson University Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science is returning this year, alongside The University of Toronto Daniels Faculty of Architecture Landscape and Design and Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU) and Laurentian University Faculty of Science, Engineering and Architecture. Each will head up teams of students to create installations for four stands. Up to ten proposals from this Call will be selected to design installations for the remaining lifeguard stands. The Lifeguard Stands The lifeguard stands are essentially identical. They are sturdy steel pipe structures to which the installation is to be fastened.  The method of fastening is up to each competitor, however it may not result in any damage to the structure. As this is the off-season for use, there are few restrictions on covering the stations; the three exceptions are: the shepherds’ hook, the lifesaving ring and any emergency signage. Please assume minimal security during the event and the possibility of vandalism or simply wear and tear from the curious. There will be no power or utilities available. Proposals should indicate how materials may be disposed of or recycled at the end of the display period. Please designate on your entry if your design is specific to one particular station. Selection and Approval Process Once the Jury has met and determined a short list of entrants, a technical review of the finalists will be conducted in order to ensure the constructability of the projects. Those on the shortlist will be assigned a construction team lead by a project manager, chosen by the organizers to produce the appropriate working drawings in order to ensure that the construction is feasible and within budget. This collaboration will take place from December 2015 through to installation. The final winners will be announced January 8, 2016. All construction will be carried out in Toronto by firms selected by the organizers and overseen by the entrant, the project manager and the construction team. The entrants chosen to participate in this competition agree to work to the schedule established by the organizers. Competition Rules, Regulations and Submission Requirements A design honorarium of $3,500.00 CAD will be paid to selected proposals. Deadline for submissions is November 13, 2015. For all competition rules, regulations and submission requirements please visit: http://winterstations.com/ or contact info@winterstations.com.

Brief

As we learned this past year, during the winter of 2015, even record-cold temperatures cannot turn back Torontonians from the Beach. For 2016 we return with an expanded second annual WinterStations exhibition to celebrate Toronto's winter waterfront landscape.

This year we are expecting to include up to thirteen lifeguard stands across Balmy, Kew and Ashbridges Bay beaches located in the heart of the Beach community, south of Queen Street East, between Woodbine and Victoria Park Avenues. These utilitarian structures are to be used as the armature for temporary installations which will need to be able to withstand the rigours of Toronto winter weather. The exhibition is to run February 15, 2015 until March 20, 2015.

This is a single-stage open international competition, welcoming artists, designers, architects and landscape architects to submit proposals for WinterStations' temporary artwork installations.

Theme

This year's theme is Freeze / Thaw.

Toronto winters are long and unpredictable. They consist of varying temperatures, amounts of precipitation, wind, in short: dispositions. There are days the snow falls heavy.  Other days are deceptively bright and sunny, but with bristling winds and plummeting cold. The snow accumulates, along with the ice, and sometimes it is blown away, dispersed in drifts. But at some point during the long winter months we wait for the temperatures to rise and the sun to melt it all away. Whether it will do so for good is always an unknown.

The theme of Freeze / Thaw asks designers and artists to respond to the changing climactic conditions and transitions of the Toronto winter.  Designs may anticipate the coming spring or refuse to yield, reminding us December is only a few months behind and will return again. They may highlight a static moment or phase in our winter. Perhaps, most significantly, designs have the opportunity to observe, reflect or contrast the immediate waterfront landscape with its banks of snow and frozen ice. To this end, they should expect to be playful and provocative, creatively utilizing materials and site to inform concepts that echo the freeze / thaw narrative and engage the public.

There is no limit to the size of the installation, but please note that included in the jurors instructions will be durability and constructability.

Winning teams will be provided with an allowance for travel and accommodation to spend time in Toronto during the installation and the activities surrounding the opening, February 12 - 15, 2016. In 2015, this included an opening party at the Balmy Beach Club and a speaking engagement at Toronto’s Design Exchange. These events provide opportunities for citizens of Toronto to engage directly with the designers. Members of the design team should expect to meet with media to discuss their designs and ideas.

Ryerson University Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science is returning this year, alongside The University of Toronto Daniels Faculty of Architecture Landscape and Design and Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU) and Laurentian University Faculty of Science, Engineering and Architecture. Each will head up teams of students to create installations for four stands.

Up to ten proposals from this Call will be selected to design installations for the remaining lifeguard stands.

The Lifeguard Stands

The lifeguard stands are essentially identical. They are sturdy steel pipe structures to which the installation is to be fastened.  The method of fastening is up to each competitor, however it may not result in any damage to the structure. As this is the off-season for use, there are few restrictions on covering the stations; the three exceptions are: the shepherds’ hook, the lifesaving ring and any emergency signage.

Please assume minimal security during the event and the possibility of vandalism or simply wear and tear from the curious. There will be no power or utilities available. Proposals should indicate how materials may be disposed of or recycled at the end of the display period. Please designate on your entry if your design is specific to one particular station.

Selection and Approval Process

Once the Jury has met and determined a short list of entrants, a technical review of the finalists will be conducted in order to ensure the constructability of the projects. Those on the shortlist will be assigned a construction team lead by a project manager, chosen by the organizers to produce the appropriate working drawings in order to ensure that the construction is feasible and within budget. This collaboration will take place from December 2015 through to installation. The final winners will be announced January 8, 2016.

All construction will be carried out in Toronto by firms selected by the organizers and overseen by the entrant, the project manager and the construction team. The entrants chosen to participate in this competition agree to work to the schedule established by the organizers.

Competition Rules, Regulations and Submission Requirements

A design honorarium of $3,500.00 CAD will be paid to selected proposals.

Deadline for submissions is November 13, 2015.

For all competition rules, regulations and submission requirements please visit: http://winterstations.com/ or contact info@winterstations.com.

Clover Hill Park International Public Park Competition by Justin Ridgeway

  May 6, 2015   City of Toronto Call to Artists for Expression of Interest (EOI) Artist Required for Public Artwork Value of the Awarded Commission: $400,000.00 CAD   Location: Clover Hill Park – St. Joseph Street and Bay Street Toronto, Ontario, Canada     Project Profile:   The City of Toronto Arts & Culture Services is working with Parks, Forestry & Recreation and the Ward 27 Councillor's Office on the high-profile re-development of Clover Hill Park. The park will provide a multi-faceted gathering space within an urban setting, serving as a cultural and community venue.     One (1) Public Art Opportunity:   A new sculpture / public artwork will be provided by a professional artist, selected through an open international competition.   Two-stage Competition:   This is a two-stage, open international competition. In the first stage, five artists will be selected to develop concept proposals. For the second stage, each artist will be paid a fee to develop a project proposal based on a Terms of Reference document provided by Arts & Culture Services.   For full competition and submission details please refer to the City of Toronto's website: Clover Hill Public Art Competition www.toronto.ca/publicart-comps   Submissions must be received by 4:00 PM, Friday June 5, 2015     Award of Contract:   The Terms of Reference will specify the commissioning of a sculptural artwork awarded to the winning artist as a design and build contract. The artwork is to be installed by fall of 2016. The project budget is estimated at $400,000.00 CAD.

 

May 6, 2015

 

City of Toronto Call to Artists for Expression of Interest (EOI)

Artist Required for Public Artwork

Value of the Awarded Commission: $400,000.00 CAD

 

Location: Clover Hill Park – St. Joseph Street and Bay Street

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 

 

Project Profile:

 

The City of Toronto Arts & Culture Services is working with Parks, Forestry & Recreation and the Ward 27 Councillor's Office on the high-profile re-development of Clover Hill Park. The park will provide a multi-faceted gathering space within an urban setting, serving as a cultural and community venue.

 

 

One (1) Public Art Opportunity:

 

A new sculpture / public artwork will be provided by a professional artist, selected through an open international competition.

 

Two-stage Competition:

 

This is a two-stage, open international competition. In the first stage, five artists will be selected to develop concept proposals. For the second stage, each artist will be paid a fee to develop a project proposal based on a Terms of Reference document provided by Arts & Culture Services.

 

For full competition and submission details please refer to the City of Toronto's website: Clover Hill Public Art Competition www.toronto.ca/publicart-comps

 

Submissions must be received by 4:00 PM, Friday June 5, 2015

 

 

Award of Contract:

 

The Terms of Reference will specify the commissioning of a sculptural artwork awarded to the winning artist as a design and build contract. The artwork is to be installed by fall of 2016. The project budget is estimated at $400,000.00 CAD.

Winter Stations Exhibition Opens by Justin Ridgeway

The WinterStations exhibition brought out a large crowd for its opening on February 16, 2015 despite the record-setting cold temperatures. It has since gained a lot of press, including stories in The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, ArchDaily,  Azure and Dezeen. This is exciting and encouraging to see people take notice.  

Winter Stations Winners by Justin Ridgeway

The Winter Stations inaugural international design competition concluded back in December 2014. We had a great jury including independent curator, Catherine Dean, Peter Hargraves of Winnipeg-based Sputnik Architecture and founder of the Winnipeg Warming Huts competition, Toronto Star Architecture critic, Christopher Hume, Design Exchange President, Shauna Levy and Ward 32 Beaches councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon. We received almost 200 entires from 36 countries; there were so many amazing ones, making it a challenging, but fun day of selecting finalists. More information, including the list of winners and images of their proposals can be found here.