Competition Overview

On December 6, 2012, the University of Manitoba officially launched the Visionary (re)Generation Open International Design Competition, opening the door to the creation of a new Fort Garry Campus Plan.

Focused on innovative and sustainable design, this international competition concluded with the announcement of a winning concept on November 4, 2013.

The competition was managed by [phase eins]., a Berlin-based consulting firm specializing in competition management of large urban design and architectural projects.

Competing teams were tasked with developing an overall vision and urban design strategy that incorporates the guiding principles and design objectives established through an extensive consultation process with University and community stakeholders. Forty-five teams, representing 17 different countries, participated in the competition.

Six finalist teams advanced to a second, more detailed design phase of the competition and were asked to refine their vision for a sustainable campus community.

The winning team will be responsible for three tasks. First is a campus plan that identifies a physical planning and design framework to guide the future growth and development of the campus.

Second is a conceptual plan for the 49-hectare (120-acre) Southwood Precinct, formerly home to the Southwood Golf and Country Club. This plan will illustrate opportunities for residential and mixed-use retail and hospitality space, while preserving many of the site’s existing mature trees.

And finally, the winner will create a phase one site plan for eight hectares (20 acres) of the Southwood Precinct. This plan will include the conceptualization and siting of the first demonstration project, which will consist of mixed-use, multi-generational residential development and public spaces that accommodate both students and the wider community, as well as supporting amenities.

Competition Brief Components