2015-2016 Barkman Design Competition

About the Competition
Concrete is known as grey. But concrete has amazing properties! Every year Barkman Concrete Ltd. honours pre-cast design proposals of students that challenge and celebrate the material. The barkman concrete design competition is unique among faculty-wide design competitions since it promotes communication between industry, educators and students. The call for entries aims at establishing prizes (total money of $3000) generously donated by Barkman Concrete Ltd. as part of their Scholarship Fund for students in the Faculty / Department of Landscape Architecture.

The Barkman Concrete design competition is open to any student enrolled in the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba (in the 2014-15 academic year) and is required assignment for students in EVLU 4002.

Contest Task
How to turn a bench, a bin, and a planter into ‘smart urban furniture’? The task of the competition is the presentation of a design for pre-cast furniture that serves both higher comfort standards (e.g. bench with armrests, backrest and wooden seating area; lockable waste container with side opening and liner for garbage bag) and advanced electronic purposes (e.g. bench with charging station or bus notification; bin with indicator that container is full). Conceptional ideas are expected for the set of bench, bin, and planter and detailed scaled drawings for the bench only.
The unit(s)
• could be manufactured from GFRC (glass fibre reinforced concrete) or wet cast.
• needs to fulfill the requirements of seating (bench), recycling (waste container) and growing (planter).
• needs to be built in such a way that it can be transported by a truck (bench min. 6 feet, max. 7 feet long).
• needs to be functional and aesthetically pleasing.

Submission Instructions
Students are to submit scale drawings (plan, section and elevation) of their proposed unit. Explanations of the anticipated fabrication method are to be included. Layout: design board, 24 x 36 inch surface area Submission form: 2 hardcopies

Wednesday, September 16, 2015: Date of Issue of Invitation
Wednesday, September 23, 2015: Explanation of Project, Rm 210 JAR 10:45am 
Wednesday, October 7, 2015: Barkman Plant Tour incl. lecture on concrete 9am-11am 
Wednesday,  Nov. 25, 2015: Review of draft, L+U4 Studio Space 9am - 11:45am 
Wednesday December 2, 2015: Submission at the Partners Program Office, JAR 1pm 
Friday December 4, 2015: Adjudication 

A jury of Barkman Concrete representatives will undertake the adjudication on December 4th.

As in previous years: “Submissions will remain the ‘intellectual property’ of the student. Barkman Concrete will retain the duplicate copy of submissions for their records and will enter into a compensation agreement with the designer(s) before commencing any commercial production on the basis of their design.”

For further information please contact Professor Anna Thurmayr Anna.Thurmayr@umanitoba.ca