Explore the stories behind Winnipeg’s trading exchange through the planning, materials and details of the Upper Fort Garry Provincial Heritage Park.
Take a walk through this park with two landscape architects who will teach about the history of the site and the design decisions that respond in a unique way to the history of Winnipeg. Experience how landscape architecture allows us to interact with history.
Forts on Fort.
Join this family-focused event at the recently completed Upper Fort Garry Heritage Park. Re-imagine history as you build new forts on Winnipeg’s old forts. Come and take part in what is going to be Winnipeg’s most memorable cardboard box fort-making event!
Letter Peddler Press:
All are invited to Letter Peddler Press, a mobile printshop from Martha Street Studio where you can create your own custom postcard of Winnipeg! Selecting from a collection of Winnipeg icons, you can choose which Winnipeg landmarks to feature. Be sure to make two so you can keep one and mail another to a friend!
Cool Gardens Bike Tour. Cool Gardens is a public exhibition of contemporary garden and art installations that offers a shift of sensation for the summer—cooling—as a general theme. The exhibit aims to bring architects, designers, landscape architects, and artists together to celebrate contemporary garden culture and the local landscape.
This exhibition is coming to a close after the festival. If you haven’t yet checked out these refreshing installations, take part in this guided bike tour.
At this event, ten speakers present 20 slides, giving 20 seconds to each slide, to bring the local design community together to share ideas, projects, and design in a fun and informative social setting. Prepare to be inspired!
Started in 2008, 10 x 20 x 20 continues to be well received by the design community and the public. The diverse list of past presenters has included architects, artists, builders, industrial designers, historians, lmmakers, photographers and many more.
Join us for what is always a wild, entertaining and truly thought-provoking experience!
Organized by 10 x 20 x 20 committe – Travis Cooke, Jac Comeau,, KC McCormick, Tyler Lowen, Bobbi MacLennan, & Jaya Beange.
PARK(ing) Day is an annual, global event where citizens, artists, designers and activists transform metered parking spaces into temporary public parks, raising awareness of the importance of creating humane, sustainable, urban culture.
Multiple installations from a diverse range of groups transform parking stalls into ‘pop-up’ places that encourage Winnipeggers from all walks of life to consider issues like the importance of public space ownership, car addiction, active living, healthy communities and the value of street life.
The Mixed Media Music Maker
is an interactive public art project created by Art City participants in partnership with Freig & Associates, a neighbourhood community planning firm. The work will make use of mixed media sculpture and reclaimed musical instruments and will be installed in Edward Carriere Salon’s Broadway courtyard, the site of of an ongoing place-making experiment.
Thanks to Edward Carriere Salon and City Councillor Jenni Gerbasi for supporting this project.
Apartment 521 and Top Stitch have collaborated on a project that will be created in front of your very eyes! Get the chance to go home with a beautiful piece of furniture to complement or accent your living space by bidding on the chair tonight at 55 Arthur!
This lecture presents a number of projects from the last few years. The lecture is divided into two parts: the first a series of building and competition projects commissioned by clients; and the second a series of research projects which, in the main, have been self-initiated. The title of the lecture Work / Play is intended to reflect the duality in the nature of these two types of projects in terms not only of intention but also of circumstance, and, perhaps more interestingly, reflect the ambiguous distinction between Work and Play when both are driven by passion.
John founded Patkau Architects with Patricia in 1978. He is responsible for directing the activities of the firm, with Patricia, for providing design leadership throughout each project from inception to completion.
John is one of North America’s foremost designers. His contributions to the practice of architecture have been recognized by numerous awards including the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Gold Medal for lifetime achievement and Membership in the Order of Canada for significant contribution to Canadian culture. Internationally, he has also been made an Honorary Fellow of both the American Institute of Architects and the Royal Institute of British Architects. In 1996, John represented Canada at the Venice Biennale. The many accolades of Patkau Architects include Governor General’s Medals for Winnipeg’s Millennium Library and the University of Manitoba’s ARTlab (with LM Group).
John has held distinguished professorship positions at Yale University, Harvard University, Washington University, and the Universities of Calgary and British Columbia. He has been a plenary speaker at several architectural symposia and a guest lecturer at over 50 institutions, including Yale, Harvard, University College Dublin, Manchester Master Series, University of California at Los Angeles, Architecture League of New York, Colegio de Arquitectos de Catalunya, Architectural Association, London, and Royal Institute of British Architects.
John holds a Master of Architecture, a Bachelor of Environmental Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts, all from the University of Manitoba.
James Avenue Pumphouse Guided Tour, 109 James Avenue
“A unique tour of one of Winnipeg’s most historic buildings in the exchange. Built in 1906, the James Avenue Pumphouse was built to help fight fires in the Exchange District. The building was decommissioned by the City of Winnipeg in 1986. Since then, it has become a heritage building. This one-of-a-kind space provides us with a unique opportunity to connect to history while we re-purpose, re-invigorate and re-vitalize this industrial building. Take a 20-30 minute visit through the building and experience the pumps in their original state.”
“Much of downtown Winnipeg was threatened in 1904 when a fire raged out of control at James Ashdown’s Main Street hardware store. The domestic water supply, fed by artesian wells, proved inadequate to fight a fire of this scale. Untreated Red River water was pumped into the domestic supply in a desperate attempt to increase water pressure. The fire was extinguished but contamination of the city’s water supply resulted in 1,300 cases of typhoid fever in the following days.
Winnipeg already had North America’s highest rate of typhoid since much of the immigrant population north of downtown had no access to the artesian wells and regularly consumed river water. Regardless, the business-oriented civic leaders saw fire protection for their new commercial buildings as the priority. James Ashdown, owner of the fire-ravaged hardware store and foremost member of Winnipeg’ commercial/political elite, led the way in the construction of the James Avenue High Pressure Pumping Station. He became Winnipeg’s mayor in 1906.
The Pumping Station was considered the most sophisticated in the world. Water was drawn directly from the Red River and pushed through an eight-mile network of high-pressure lines to more than seventy downtown fire hydrants. The system was completely isolated from the domestic water supply. Four large pumps were each capable of delivering 1800 gallons per minute and two smaller pumps each produced an additional 900 gallons per minute. As a result, any hydrant in the network could produce a 600-foot stream of water, roughly the height of a fifty-story building. By this time Winnipeg had its earliest steel-frame “skyscrapers”. It was anticipated that the new steelframe technology would send buildings much higher in the future. The Pumping Station assured fire protection for existing as well as prospective buildings.
The British built pumping machinery was set in place in working order before the handsome brick building was constructed over it’ a true example of form following function. An excellent example of early industrial architecture, the building is designed in a straightforward and utilitarian manner. The sole decorative feature is the corbelled brickwork above the large arched windows.
In 1919, the station was connected to the new Shoal Lake Aqueduct. This source was preferable to the muddy water of the Red River. A neighbouring coal gas producer plant and large gas storage tank were demolished in 1962 when the engines were converted to natural gas and electricity. The James Avenue Pumping Station was taken out of service in 1986, a victim of higher operating costs, deteriorating water mains, and modern pumper trucks which offer firefighters greater flexibility.
Today the sophisticated pumping system and the attractive building housing it, stand as a well-preserved example of the “golden age” of machinery.” From HeritageWinnipeg.com
Susan Algie, Director Winnipeg Architecture Foundation will give a short talk on the history of concrete construction and design in Winnipeg. This event is offered in partnership with the Winnipeg Public Library, as part of the Winnipeg Design Festival.
As part of the sixth edition of the Winnipeg Design Festival, we are pleased to share a current ‘snapshot’ of the growing body of work by Winnipeg’s architecture and design community and their take on ‘Housing’ in a Manitoba context.
For this exhibit, twelve local design offices were asked to submit the work that is occupying their current time and thinking. It quickly became apparent a consistent theme of ‘Housing’ emerged as the typology for 2016.
These twelve projects help capture the design and architecture zeitgeist within our province’s small, tight-knit, and passionate community of practitioners and designers. These housing projects range from the recreational abodes of lake-country MB, all the way up to multi-tenant condominium projects within Winnpeg’s city centre.
The past ten years have seen a great amount of growth in the province. From the high-rise condominiums of Winnipeg’s city centre to the surrounding suburb’s single and multi-family residential buildings, to the far-flung housing developments in rural Manitoba, to the summer retreats of recreation and leisure in cabin country around the province and beyond, Manitoba design expresses a diverse breadth of housing typology.
A Conversation on Architecture: Design Festival Edition is an open dialogue on Winnipeg’s built environment. It is a chance to hear how professional designers approach design situations, and hear their thoughts about their approach to design. This year’s conversation will focus around the Winnipeg Design Festival’s theme that good design challenges the way we see the world. What does it mean to be innovative? What can we achieve if we push the boundaries of the conventional? What are the consequences? Join host Terry McLeod in conversation with Architect Gail Little, Interior Designer Erin Riediger, and Landscape Architect Liz Wreford.
Creating a piece of well designed furniture involves exploration, experimentation, vision, rigour and craft. See how three simple materials are expressed in a simple and refined way to showcase the inherent beauty of a material and the opportunities that lie within it. Witness the products of 3 of Manitoba’s top designers, Renee Struthers, Clayton Salkeld and Valentin Mittelstet, as they hone their craft in mastering three elements: concrete, wood, and steel.
Thanks to the Manitoba Arts Council and the Winnipeg Arts Council, Janelle Hacault and I will be presenting ESSENTIA, here in Winnipeg. This past year, we’ve been fortunate enough to tour the show to Stratford’s SpringWorks Festival: indie theatre and dance festival, and Edmonton’s DanceFest @ NextFest. All year we’ve been performing and re-imagining this work, to bring it home for a final presentation at The Rachel Browne Theatre. I would be so happy to see you there.
P.S. There will be a reception with FREE wine after the show on Friday the 9th, if that provides incentive for anyone. 😉
“Visually arresting… Somber, haunting, lovely, that is Essentia” – CBC Manitoba
Prepare to confront and question your inner reality as .6 Ricochet transports you to a precarious place between the known and the invisible. ESSENTIA is an energetic and beautiful 50-minute double bill featuring two contemporary dance works choreographed and performed by Winnipeg’s newest dance company, .6 Ricochet, with members Hilary Crist and Janelle Hacault.
Friday, September 9th @ 8pm
Saturday, September 10th @ 8pm
Sunday, September 11th @ 8pm
The Rachel Browne Theatre, 211 Bannatyne Ave. (2nd Floor)
Parlour Coffee at 468 Main street has been doing great things in Downtown Winnipeg, next to the Woodbine Hotel, for five years. My palate has been educated by properly roasted beans thanks to Nils and the staff. Since my studio is upstairs, Parlour is my “reception” where clients are met and meetings occur.