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MAA e-Bulletin Design Festival 2016 No.1 Architecture Matters. The Winnipeg Design Festival | Storefront Manitoba.

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September 14 – 17

This year’s festival asks participants to challenge what you know to change the world around you. Good design is innovative design. Innovative design requires the designer to challenge expectations, conventions, past experiences, and the status quo to enhance the end product. With 30 different events over the course of 4 days, there is an event for everyone to take in.

Design enthusiasts and creative professionals will enjoy a “Conversation on Architecture” and the keynote lecture from John Patkau, two pecha kucha style presentations, films, and an architectural model exhibit. Families and children will love fort-making at Upper Fort Garry and the “chalk walk,” an returning event for kids to get in touch with their inner artists as they draw with chalk on a pathway at the Park. Everyone will have fun engaging with the transformed parking spaces at the annual Parking Day, the very popular Letter Peddler Press printmaking, and inter[CHANGE], a pop-up market featuring local designers. Everyone will return to the Portage & Main on Saturday evening for a panel discussion on Portage & Main and the wrap-up party. These are just a few of the varied events that promise a fun, interactive, and educational experience, showcasing our City’s creative culture.

For a list of events:


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

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.

organized by Jason Robbins
sponsored by the Manitoba Association of Architects

7:00pm - 8:30pm; 55 Arthur Street


Wed, Sep 14 - Fri, Sep 16, 2016

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.

organized by Ken Borton & Sean Radford

6:30pm - 10:30pm; 55 Arthur Street


Thursday, September 15, 2016

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.

organized & sponsored by FAUM
sponsored by LM Architectural Group

6:00pm - 8:00pm
[Doors open at 5:00pm for reception]
300 Memorial Boulevard

10 x 20 x 20

Friday, September 16, 2016

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

7:00pm - 9:00pm
300 Memorial Boulevard


Saturday, September 17, 2016

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!

organized by Kelsey McMahon and Chris Burke
sponsored by Manshield Construction

9:00am - 12:00pm
130 Main Street


Saturday, September 17, 2016

If you have one of those “little building projects” that might benefit from the advice of an expert, then bring your photos, plans, sketches, and imagination, and chat with an architect, landscape architect, or interior designer. Take the opportunity to spend 15 minutes with a designer who will provide you with feedback and advice on your project during this one-on-one session.

organized by Peter Hargraves
sponsored by EQ3

10:00am - 2:00pm


Saturday, September 17, 2016

The Manitoba Professional Planners Institute has assembled a panel of urban planners, dreamers, and shakers. Our four panelists, Jino Distasio (Director, Institute of Urban Studies), Stefano Grande (Executive Director, Downtown Winnipeg BIZ), Brent Bellamy (Architect, Number TEN) and Hazel Borys (Managing Director, Placemakers) will take part in a discussion about urban design and how it affects our daily life. Learn about how this topic plays an integral role in the Portage and Main intersection at the intersection itself!

organized by MPPI board members - Tim Hogan and Brendan Salakoh
sponsored byStantec architecture + engineering

7:30pm - 9:00pm
Richardson's Plaza 1 Lombard Avenue

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