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.