Marketlands – Winnipeg, Canada

Isaac Kremer/ September 12, 2017/ placemaking, plaza/ 0 comments

Marketands is a project of the Centre Venture Development Corporation, meant to facilitate public private partnerships in downtown Winnipeg. Some interesting pre-vitalization activities occurred on the site. A shipping container complex provided space for community engagement to occur. Pavement painting with red arrows drew people towards the containers, and enlivened the paved area around them.

A design competition was held for the site in 2018. The following “Notice of Opportunity” was issued:

Open, international design competition for the redevelopment of 0.8 acres of land in downtown Winnipeg. A new urban destination, with a pedestrian oriented internal plaza, zero setback buildings, public, open, and permeable spaces at the gorund level, transparent residential connections with balconies or terraces and a granualr, intense, informal, urban marketone that enables local vendors to create their own environment, texture and character in a daylight-filled winter-city structure. The winning submission will receive CAD$100,000 prize with additional funds available for the completion of the schematic design stage. The winner will have the opportunity to enter into a formal contract for the full architectural design. The four finalists will receive an honorarium of CAD$10,000 each.

Marketlands Notice of Opportunity, 2018

Daoust Lestage Architects of Montreal submitted the winning entry. In included a new Market Building and a residential building beyond it. The market building was enclosed with the possibility for expansions on market day.

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About Isaac Kremer

A nationally recognized downtown revitalization leader, downtowns Isaac managed achieved $350 million of investment, 1,300 jobs created, and were 2X Great American Main Street Award Semifinalist and a 1X GAMSA winner in 2023. His work has been featured in Newsday, NJBIZ, ROI-NJ, TapInto, and USA Today. Isaac is a Main Street America Revitalization Professional (MSARP) with additional certifications from the National Parks Service, Project for Public Spaces, and the National Development Council.

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