Cool Gardens

Cool Gardens is a public exhibition of contemporary garden and art installations offering a shift of sensation for the summer—cooling—as a general theme for public projects in the downtown, bringing architects, designers, landscape architects, and artists together to celebrate contemporary garden culture and the local landscape. The presentation of cutting edge garden designs places design culture at the centre of summer activities in Winnipeg, at the same time offering a pleasant relief from the summer exasperation.

Presented by StorefrontMB and the Forks, and intended to mirror the internationally acclaimed Warming Huts program, Cool Gardens took place from July 5th to September 21st 2013. The exhibition site ran from Broadway Avenue to Provencher Boulevard, calling attention to the amazing but generally unrecognized pedestrian linkage.

Cool Gardens presents an alternative attraction for tourist participation in the downtown, increasing the visitation of locals and guests around the celebration and the exchange between nature and art. Last year’s Cool Gardens also brought an exhibition and a visiting garden from the International Garden Festival Les Jardins de Métis/Reford Gardens from Quebec, ranked among the leading garden festivals in the world.

Partners for Cool Gardens 2013 were the Canada Council for the Arts, The Forks, the Winnipeg Arts Council, La Maison des Artistes, Reford Gardens and StorefrontMB.  Curators were Eduardo Aquino, Alexander Reford and David Penner.

Installations in the exhibition included works by Montreal landscape architect Claude Cormier, Quebec City artists BGL, and Winnipeg’s own Ewa Tarsia, SPMB, Scatliff+Miller+Murray, and ATLRG.


On The Boards: National Edition 

Thursday, May 29th 2014, 9:00pm-11:00pm
hutK, 74 Princess Street

Admission: Free

The 26th edition of On The Boards was truly special. Marc Boutin of The Marc Boutin Architectural Collaborative, Carol Phillips of Moriyama & Teshima Architects, Talbot Sweetapple of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, and Sasa Radulovic of 5468796 Architecture, all presented their firm’s work that was in design stage, exposing the design processes that have fueled their successes.

OTB is a monthly StorefrontMB initiative aimed at strengthening the architectural community through camaraderie, sharing, discussion and critique of work in design stage.