Pop-Up @ the Square Design Competition

Vote Now for the People's Choice Award

Creative ideas for a pop-up play feature in Centennial Square this summer have been plentiful.  A total of 33 submissions, ranging from design concepts from a local high school to as far afield as Indonesia, Mexico and Poland, were submitted to the design competition this spring.

View the submissions and vote online now or  come into the Douglas Street foyer of City Hall to vote in person.  People's Choice voting closes on April 30, 2017.

The winner of the People’s Choice Award will receive $1,000. The overall winning design will be selected by a jury panel, and will receive a $5,000 award and up to $50,000 to design, build and install an imaginative play feature for a wide range of ages in Victoria’s signature public square. Winners to be announced May 2 and installation of the temporary pop-up play feature will take place in early July for enjoyment in the summer and fall.

 About the Design Competition

In early 2017 urban designers, industrial designers, architects, landscape architects, contemporary artists and creative types were invited to apply to create a playful pop-up installation for kids of all ages in Centennial Square, in the heart of Victoria’s vibrant downtown.

Location: Centennial Square is located downtown next to Victoria’s City Hall, at Douglas Street and Pandora Avenue.

Jury Details: A panel of qualified jurors will judge submissions based on the following criteria: play value, relationship to events, local context, robustness, feasibility.

About Centennial Square

Centennial Square is located in Downtown Victoria. The Square is bordered by Victoria’s heritage City Hall, the offices of the Capital Regional District and the MacPherson Playhouse Theatre. It is directly adjacent to Victoria’s Chinatown district, the oldest Chinatown in Canada.

Centennial Square is one of the City’s most popular outdoor event and festival venues. On average, there are programmed activities in the Square 130 days each year, ranging from food truck festivals and dance classes to outdoor markets and concert performances. Creating the opportunity for daily play and vibrancy while allowing the Square to continue to function as a primary outdoor event venue is a key objective of this design competition.

The City is coordinating a renewal of Centennial Square through a master plan. This long term planning exercise will begin in 2017, and guide future renovations to the Square.