Pop-Up @ the Square Design Competition

About the Design Competition

Calling all urban designers, industrial designers, architects, landscape architects, contemporary artists and creative types! Apply to create a playful pop-up installation for kids of all ages in Centennial Square, in the heart of Victoria’s vibrant downtown.

Prizes: The jury’s choice will receive a $5,000 award and up to $50,000 for the design, build and install an imaginative creation in Victoria's signature public square. The People’s Choice will receive a $1,000 award.

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

Submission Deadline: Design packages must be submitted online by 4 p.m. PST on March 30, 2017.

Timelines: The winner and the People's Choice will be announced on May 2. Installation will take place in early July to be enjoyed during the summer and fall.

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.


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