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Cool gardens competition entry page showing polycarbonite and resin solar powered sunflowers.
⇩ Cool Gardens Competition – tourne-soleil.
Cool Gardens is a public exhibition of contemporary garden and art installations that offer a shift of sensation for the summer—cooling—as a general theme for public projects in the downtown. My proposal examined the concept of marking time during the summer with the iconic sunflower.
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Cool gardens competition entry page showing polycarbonite and resin solar powered sunflowers.
⇩ Cool Gardens Competition – tourne-soleil.
The passing of time is imperceptible. The base of the flower collects an equal and opposite charge at its base to follow the sun during the day. The stalk glows at night. There's an extra solar panel at each extreme end to catch the sun in the morning or after a cloudy period of time.

Design Competitions.

they're hard work AND expensive!


Competitions are a great opportunity to get the best design possible for high profile public projects. Competitions create a level playing field that provide the perfect balance of a quality-based selection process while allowing younger firms an opportunity to participate alongside larger more established offices. A well organized competition can raise the level of design propositions for projects.

Competition Resources

RAIC Architectural Competitions
(This website replaces Document Five).

urban design guidelines | DOWNTOWN WINNIPEG

Design Montreal
(PDFs are in French)

City of Edmonton Urban Design Guidelines

Why Open Architecture Competitions Are Bad for Architects?

Architectural Competitions are a glorious waste of time

5 Things Architects Should Do Instead of Entering Open Competitions

Why Open Architecture Competitions are Good for Architects, a Counter Argument


For owners wishing to engage in a competition for a new design JC ROBBINS ARCHITECTURE can provide you with guidance for a fair process that values architects' work and encourages innovation.