*Winner of the 2020 National Urban Design Award of Excellence for Community Initiatives

Royal Canoe, in collaboration with Luca Roncoroni and Sputnik Architecture Inc.
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Royal Canoe is pleased to announce that we’ll be performing a free outdoor show on the river at the Forks on January 31st. Since it’s too cold to play guitars or drums we’ll be using a combination of instruments and triggers carved from blocks of ice pulled directly from the Red River to present completely reimagined versions of our material. There will be ice drums and percussion, an ice sample kit/light-machine, some pitched ice instruments, and an ice horn, in addition to our usual keyboards and synthetic textures. Our intention is for the tone and mood of the performance to compliment the stark yet fierce environment on the river in winter. It will be an adventure and challenge for us to explore some different sounds and tools than we’re accustomed to, but we’re also excited to deconstruct the structures, tempos, and keys of our songs. We’re hoping it’ll sound like 70s-era David Bowie or The Knife went to Antarctica got really into the sound of ice and then decided to cover Royal Canoe songs.

Noel Picaper, Onomiau (Office for Nomadic Architecture)
Paris, Strasbourg, France

The Droombok is a fantastic creature living along the River Trail in Winnipeg. We created a space in which the surrounding nature finds its way inside. Thanks to its bestial outline and its scale, the structure’s relation with its context, is in constant change: the sun produces a layer of moving shadows, breezes enter freely and the snow is softly reflecting the environment on its (thatch) fur. As we get closer to it, other modes of reading emerge. Inside its belly, a landscape of white sculptures appears. Each form can be interpreted in various ways and spurs the imagination.

Made out of environmental friendly materials, this architecture tries to interrogate the potential of myths and stories in a sustainable process.

Ashida Architect & Associates Co.
Tokyo, Japan

Warmth comes from being together. Enjoying time with other people is something we do less and less, because of the daily hectic. Let’s gather at this natural place, spend time and listen to each other. It is warm and silent inside the huts made out of straw. Communities are diverse, so are the shapes of the huts. Sit together with friends, climb into the huts, meet new people. All this while experiencing the warmth of the huts and the smell of straw. Reconnect with nature and people again.

Modern Office + Sumer Singh, MTHARU/Mercedes + Singh
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Conceived as a small shelter or hovel, S(hovel) reimagines an everyday, off-the-shelf article of winter – the snow shovel – into a swirling vortex of mystery and intrigue that only reveals its true identity upon closer inspection and inhabitation. Built from 194 aluminum shovels, 195 custom milled plywood ‘X’ and ‘Y’ struts and 735 clamps, we challenged ourselves to design a warming hut that could be built and subsequently disassembled using unskilled labour furnished with only a wrench and a hand drill!

Designed for disassembly, S(hovel) is destined for a philanthropic afterlife in which, following its stint as a Warming Hut, the 194 shovels would be donated to Take Pride Winnipeg’s Snow Angel Program, a non-profit charity that helps seniors and the infirm with snow removal each year. This circular life-cycle enables S(hovel) to infiltrate the larger community of Winnipeg, enticing the multiple narratives of winter’s spectacle to unfold.

Eleanor Bond, with The Faculty of Architecture
University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Cloud of Unintended Consequences is a collaboration between internationally renown Winnipeg artist Eleanor Bond and third-year students from the Department of Architecture, University of Manitoba. In her work, Bond has a particular interest in the built environment and the interpretation of public space. The idea for the project started with the prospect of re-using a material that is quite common in our everyday lives: single-use plastic bags. The intention of the project is to confront a troubling image of waste in the face of out-of-control consumption and environmental destruction. The transformation of an everyday material into a cloud-shaped object suggests the conversion of ecological damage caused by reckless consumerism into something more optimistic or poetic, such as a cloud. The visitor can contemplate the object from the outside and as well from the inside, by inserting “the head into the cloud.” The project intends to raise a collective environmental awareness by using the poetic language of sculpture to this effect. All the plastic used in the project will be recycled by local company and transformed into composite construction blocks.

Competition Website:

Video by:
The ForksHandcraft Creative

See the complete Glacial video here.
See the Warming Huts video here.

Images by:
The Forks / Cory Aronec


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