Winter City Design Competition

Innovative winter design is needed for great public spaces to thrive in the colder months of the year. Winnipeg has its warming huts, Germany has its Christmas Markets. What interventions and activations could fit like a glove in Calgary’s climate and culture?

Calgary’s Winter City Design Competition will explore this question. The City is inviting designers, artists and students to imagine the possibilities for winter city design in our downtown. We want people to explore and push beyond the boundaries of what public spaces in Calgary can be during the winter season. We want people to explore and push beyond the boundaries of what public spaces in Calgary can be during the winter season.

Winning Submissions

From February 1 - 26, 2023 come and enjoy and interact with the following designs:

Chinook-ery

Inspired by our landscape, Chinook-ery aims to enhance an outdoor space with modular wood structures mimicking the mountains and foothills inspired by our Western Canadian landscape.

Project team

  • Giovanni Carano
  • Vince Ellis
  • Kayla Royce
  • Marcia Eng
  • Jenn Comrie
  • David Kowel
  • Leighton Ginther
  • Jon van Heyst
  • Kim Crews

Location

Barb Scott Park (12 Avenue SW and 9 Street SW)


Illumine

Three glowing frames, each containing movable and interactive elements, focused on public interactions and constant creation.

Project team

  • Paul Miller
  • Miles Abesdris

Location

Stephen Avenue and 1 Street SW


PROVIDE YOUR INPUT

Please vote for your favourite design! The winner will be announced at the beginning of March on the website and social media.

We would also appreciate 2 minutes of your time to complete the survey bellow. This information will help us improve on future activations. Thank you in advance for your participation. The survey is open until February 26, 2023.