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MAA e-Bulletin September 2017 No.1 Architecture Matters. The Winnipeg Design Festival |

Architecture Matters. The Winnipeg Design Festival |

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Winnipeg Design Festival

September 13-16

The Winnipeg Design Festival is the largest annual event of StorefrontMB and the first festival in the province dedicated to the promotion and celebration of local design culture. This year marks the 6th annual festival and will be held from September 13 to 16. Each year this non-profit festival is curated by a team selected by StorefrontMB.

The Winnipeg Design Festival attempts to cultivate and share Winnipeg’s rich community of talented and creative individuals; and the products of their creative processes of design and making. WDF also strives to build and cultivate interdisciplinary relationship and partnerships with industry and like-minded organizations that promote the value of good design of art, objects, architecture, and the greater built environment. The festivals events are the primary means of participation and interaction amongst participants and festival patrons, and may include lectures, installations, tours, and symposiums. WDF also wishes to be inclusive to a greater public audience, as a means of promotion, appreciation, and education of the design of the built environment.

Schedule of events:

Indigenous Housing Canada - 2017

November 14, 2017, 2:00pm CST - Deadline for Submissions
February 8, 2018 - Winners announced

There are over 600 Indigenous Communities in Canada with over 60 ethnic groups located in diverse landscapes, many with remote access. Current housin g is provided by Indigenous Communities or with funding from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. Housing demand can exceed supply causing overcrowding.

The purpose of this competition is to raise awareness of Indigenous Housing in Canada and improve opportunities available to design, deliver and maintain housing for remote access Indigenous Canadians.

Three teams will be selected as winners of the INDIGENOUS HOUSING COMPETITION

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Call for Presenters: Festival of Architecture 2018

Deadline for submissions: Friday, October 27 2017 4pm EST

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Architects’ Association of New Brunswick invite proposals for the presentation of continuing education sessions during the Festival of Architecture to be held May 30 to June 2 in Saint John, New Brunswick.

The four-day Festival celebrates the theme Ports and Portals – Getting There from Here.

Interested parties are invited to submit proposals on topics of interest to architects that align with one of the following five categories:

  • Ecology in Practice
  • Architectural Culture and Heritage
  • Fundamentals of Good Design
  • Evolution of an Architect
  • The Language of Architecture

Application form: 

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A new Information Bulletin has been posted to the City of Winnipeg’s website. Bulletin 2017-005-M/Sp, Permit Requirements for Sprinkler & Standpipe Installations in Existing Buildings, clarifies the M2 permit requirements for alterations and additions to existing sprinkler and standpipe systems.

The bulletin is posted on our Information Bulletins webpage (

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Prix de Rome in Architecture-Emerging Practitioners

Deadline: 2 October 2017

This prize is awarded to a recent graduate from a Canadian architectural school who has demonstrated exceptional potential in contemporary architectural design. With this prize, the recipient may visit architectural buildings and carry out an internship at an internationally renowned architectural firm anywhere in the world.

Value: $34,000 for the work program, travel and public presentation

How to qualify: Apply to the Canada Council for the Arts by mail.

(Note: the Council’s online portal is not yet open to prize competitions)

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