Submission: January 06, 2016
Registration: December 21, 2015
Language: English
Location: Winnipeg, Canada
Prizes: x4 1st Prize: $1,500 
Type: Open


The Call for Entries 2016 seeks creative entries that prompt curiosity, play, and appreciation in the surrounding local community by highlighting the significance of nature, art, and design. Central to Cool Gardens, is the idea that contemporary design can instigate one to participate in public spaces in interactive, critical, poetic, and meaningful ways.

The intention of this emergent festival is to provoke questions about our public spaces and about the role of garden design to give another meaning to our urban culture. Cool Gardens thus animates our public spaces with a critical collection of experiences – expanding the idea of what a garden might be.

Cool Gardens expands the vocabulary of garden design and serves as a learning tool. As we go back to our boulevards and backyards we hope to spread the creativity of Cool Gardens to the everyday practice of gardening in our city and region, creating in the process, a dialogue on contemporary design with our sister cities across Canada and the world.


While there is no overarching competition theme, entrants are expected to be responsive to the specificity of their selected site conditions, within the overall framework of cooling. Proponents may also wish to indicate how their garden would be feasible to re-mount in subsequent years. Winning proposals will be selected by the jury based on: creativity, originality, clarity, durability, provisions for barrier-free access, ease of fabrication and decommissioning, budget, interpretation of the site and cooling, and potential for public engagement.


Final budgets for the gardens will be subject to funding, the breakdown is a follows:

_ Team / Artist Fees: $1,500

_ Hardscaping: $2,500
_ Softscaping:  $3,500
_ Installation: $2,500

_ Total Budget: $10,000*

The winning entrants will manage and oversee the construction of the gardens in consultation with Cool Gardens curators. Installation of the gardens will be executed by the designers or managed by them and paid for from the Total Budget:

In addition, up to $1500 will be provided to help offset transport and accommodation costs for each winning team from outside the province of Manitoba. Out-of-province teams are encouraged to seek travel grants from their own jurisdictions to make up the difference.

Teams are encouraged to source additional funding or in-kind contributions for their installations if actual costs exceed the Total Installation Budget. Gardens may be exhibited for more than one year. In the case where a garden is re-mounted in 2017, the design team will receive an additional honoraria for each additional year exhibited.


Proponents must register for the competition by December 21st online by emailing a completed Registration and Site Selection Form to info@coolgardens.ca. Cool Gardens will confirm the registration by providing a unique Registration Number via email.

In order to receive ample submissions for all sites, Cool Gardens may limit the number of submissions for a given site in which case, an announcement will be posted on the www.coolgardens.ca website.

A Registration Fee of $50 must be received prior to January 6, 2016. Fees are payable by cheque or money order to ‘Storefront Manitoba’. Please include your Competition Registration Number in the memo line of the cheque or money order. Forward payment by mail to StorefrontMB, 120 Yale Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3M 0L7.


This Call for Submissions is open to teams and individuals consisting of designers, architects, landscape architects, and / or artists. Individuals may be students, interns, or practitioners. Multiple submissions are permitted although a separate registration fee will be required for each submission.


Proposals meeting the criteria outlined below shall be submitted in English, electronically, to info@coolgardens.ca. before the deadline. Email size must not exceed 7.5MB. Files must follow the format and entry requirements listed below for both team information and design proposal information.

All submission documents must clearly indicate the team Registration Number. Design Proposal documents must only indicate the Registration Number.

Go to the competition’s website