IAD chosen among the 4 laureate teams for the open international competition regarding the restructuration and expansion of the University of Manitoba campus, Winnipeg Canada.
In December 2012, the University of Manitoba summoned an open international competition in order to imagine a new landscape for their Campus, along the urban network of Winnipeg, Canada. 45 teams from 17 countries have proven their abilities and imagination regarding urban landscaping in their proposition judged in two separate phases, during a process that lasted nearly a year.
Following the two-phase evaluation, 4 teams were selected:
- Janet Rosenberg & Studio Inc.(Toronto)+ Cibinel Architects Ltd.(Winnipeg)+ Landmark Planning & Design Inc.(Winnipeg)+ ARUP Canada Inc.(Toronto)
- Perkins+Will (Vancouver)+1X1 Architecture (Winnipeg)+PFS (Vancouver)
- DTAH (Toronto)+Cohlmeyer Architecture Limited (Winnipeg)+ Integral Group (Toronto)+BA Group (Toronto)
- IAD | Independent Architectural Diplomacy S.A. (Madrid + Paris) + Bomainpasa (Madrid) +PGI GRUP (Madrid).
The goal of this international competition organized by the University of Manitoba with the support of “Manitoba Hydro” the provincial Crown-corporation company specialized in hydro-electric energy, was to suggest a new vision of the Campus through a Masterplan that integrates the challenges of growth, comfort and environmental quality and that will allow the positioning of the Campus as an exemplary space in terms of innovation, environmental values, variety and worldwide integration.
This veritable urban challenge includes the development of 4.200 housing units as well as 21.000m2 dedicated to businesses and facilities in the «Southwood Precinct» extension along with a general reflection devoted to the flows and complementary elements to be integrated within the Campus core « Fort Garry Campus » as well as its peripheral areas, including the Technological Park and the Sports Complex.
IAD was the only European architect team among the 4 finalists along with 3 Canadian teams. The 4 of them should now cooperate in a process of thought for the development of a detailed Masterplan, corresponding to the schedule in the context of the project VISIONNARY (re)GENERATION that should start at the beginning of 2014.