Benchmark 2020 NOW OPEN!

Now in its fourth year, Benchmark is once again hosting an international design competition to bring unique site furnishings to our neighbourhoods and celebrate Manitoba’s diverse trail network.  Our trails offer a multitude of trail experiences from wilderness pathways, rail trails, rural tracks, forested paths, historic canoe routes to logging roads, country roads, secondary highways, paved urban walkways, and downtown streets.

For more details on how to register see the links below.

Submission deadline February 20, 2020 at 11:59 CST

Registration form 

Brief & Site Packages

Online Store

Congratulations to the winners of Benchmark 2019!

WALL CHAIR by Li Jiapei, Tan Yeqian, & Yang Hengyuan (Beijing, China) will be located at Sir John Franklin Park, and SEESAW by Sylvia Choi & Daegeon Jeong (Brooklyn, NY) will be located at Northeast Pioneers Greenway. Stay tuned this summer for the unveiling of these designs!
Honourable mentions: FLUVIAL by Ronnie Kataki, Edward Wang, & Jia Li Song of Nice One Projects, Cambridge, MA; and THE LINE by Sergi Viñals Musquera, Mariona Mayol Batlle & Sergi Garcia Campmany of Hue Studio, Barcelona, Spain.
Thank you to everyone who participated this year!

Storefront Manitoba and The Winnipeg Trails Association ask designers to put their skills to work and challenge the concept of a ‘common’ bench. This design competition looks for intervention that has the power to stop people in their tracks and provide a place to wait, rest, read and more.

The Winnipeg Trails Association and Storefront Manitoba invite design teams to submit proposals for a permanent bench to be located along the Trans Canada Trail. 

For more info: 

2019 Program Partners

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2019 Supporting Partners

Promotional Partners