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Creating A Vision for Winnipeg's Historic Waterfront

WINNIPEG - February 22, 2002 - Mayor Glen Murray today announced an international ideas competition focusing on the incredible development potential of the East Exchange District. The competition, entitled Ideas Winnipeg 2002: City Re-emerging, will award $55,000 in cash prizes, and is expected to attract innovative and thought-provoking designs from architects and design teams from around the world.

This initiative, according to Mayor Murray will "create a rich and diverse bank of ideas to inspire local developers and landowners for future development. The historic Exchange area is a diamond in the rough. We'll see what can happen when a bit of shine is added. This is a first for the City of Winnipeg, but other cities, like Toronto, have used international competitions very successfully when planning projects such as Harbourfront."

The competition will generate bold, reality based visions that support mixed use planning and sustainable revitalization, with opportunities for housing, entertainment, open space, commercial, and seasonal uses. This proactive approach to urban planning and development will allow Winnipeg to benefit from the most informed and current design practices by leading architects, urban designers and landscape architects of our day.

Competition winners will be announced June 8th, 2002, to coincide with the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) Festival of Architecture. Over 500 architects from across North America are expected to attend this event in Winnipeg, which this year will explore the theme "Global City-Urban World."

In addition to being sensitive to the East Exchange District's designation as a National Historic Site, submissions should also reflect the history of Aboriginal, French, English and Métis cultures.

The focus of Ideas Winnipeg 2002: City Re-emerging is an area that extends from the Provencher Bridge to May Street. While the site provides ideal opportunities for waterfront access, right now it is gravel parking lots and the backs of warehouses. In 2000, CentreVenture developed a concept plan for a "waterfront drive", a scenic route through the Exchange District which follows the abandoned railway line along the Red River. This is another key initiative that demonstrates the City's continued commitment to the revitalization of this area.

Submissions to the competition will be reviewed and evaluated by a multi-disciplinary panel of jurors (see separate sheet).

Prizes will be awarded as follows:
First Prize = $30,000;
Second Prize = $15,000;
Third Prize = $5,000;
Honourable Mention (no cash prize)
and Prix du Public = $5,000.

The City of Winnipeg is funding the competition from the existing Heritage Investment Reserve.

The steering committee organizing the competition is chaired by Annitta L. Stenning, CEO of CentreVenture, with Wins Bridgman as the Professional Advisor for the competition.

The public will also have the opportunity to be involved. Submitted designs will be on display from June 8th to June 16, 2002 at the Millennium Centre, 389 Main Street. Members of the public will have opportunities to vote for their favourite design, and the submission receiving the most votes will be awarded the Prix du Public, which will be announced at the closing of the Exhibition, June 15th, 2002.

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