TownShift/The City of Surrey

Sponsors: City of Surrey

Type: Open, International
Language: English

Eligibility: Architects, intern architects, designers, students, planners, landscape architects, and creative thinkers participating individually or in groups of any size.

Registration Fee:
$50 CDN

Total: $75,000 CDN
$15,000 CDN Best Overall Design
$10,000 CDN First Prize for each and all of the Five Town Centre Sites
$2,000 CDN: Five Second Prize for designs on any sites

10 December 2009 – Acceptance of questions deadline
14 December 2009 – Answers to questions posted on website
16 January 2010 – Submissions deadline
18 January 2010 – Jury deliberation
4 February 2010 – Exhibition opens with shortlist of winners
24 February 2010 – Winners announced

David Miller FAIA – Miller – Hull Partnership
Steven Teeple OAA FRAIC RCA – Teeple Architects
Jane Durante FCSLA – Durante Kreuk Landscape Architects
Peter Webb B.Arch– Senior Vice President, Concord Pacific Developments
Mary Beth Rondeau maibc – Acting City Architect, City of Surrey

Design Challenge:

“TownShift: Suburb into City” is open an international ideas competition seeking innovative ideas for five of Surrey’s established Town Centres: Guildford, Fleetwood, Cloverdale, Newton and Semiahmoo. The aim of the competition is to “Shift” thinking and opportunities for each of these “Town” hubs towards more intense, public-minded and productive urban futures. Approved by the Architectural Institute of British Columbia, this competition is proposed in order to generate innovative new thinking about suburbs transforming towards sustainability in an era of increasingly expensive energy. TownShift has been conceived to open up debate and communicate design ideas amongst the general public and city-building professions, and we hope its results will shape this rapidly-evolving city for decades to come. Indeed, the civic slogan proudly displayed on Surrey’s new urban brand is “The Future Lives Here.”

Please see competition website for the five individual challenges.

Submission Requirements:
Varies per site, see competition website

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