The Forks holding Railside Promenade ideas competition
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This article was published 13/07/2017 (2028 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
The Forks Renewal Corp. is looking to transform part of Israel Asper Way into a public promenade, and a newly announced ideas competition will help officials decide the best way to do it.
“We expect to see some really innovative ideas come from this competition, both from locals, nationally and possibly even internationally,” Paul Jordan, CEO of The Forks North Portage Partnership, said in a release Thursday. “We’re seeking the best solution for this signature part of the 20-year Railside development vision.”
The competition is open to individuals or teams of professional designers with proven portfolios, and each entrant must include a registered architect. All entries are due by Sept. 12, and a jury will select up to three entries to receive $10,000 to develop their ideas further. Submissions from multi-disciplenary teams are encouraged, and top ideas will be presented to the public in the fall.
Railside Promenade, the official title for the proposed area running south from York Avenue to Forks Market Road, will turn the space into an accessible, “people-oriented” place, Jordan added. Functional requirements for the promenade include the reduction of Israel Asper Way from four lanes to two, and to provide bus access and drop-off to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
The Railside development is the first opportunity for residential development at The Forks, and according to the project’s website, it aims to transform “three bleak surface parking lots into a dynamic mixed-use neighbourhood.”
“This is the first key component for our Railside at The Forks plan,” Jordan said. “It’s the public-space project that will help set the tone for the rest of the development, and it’s got to be innovative, engaging and world-class.”
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Updated on Thursday, July 13, 2017 4:10 PM CDT: retitled pdf head