Lead: Bryce Clayton (University of Waterloo)
Completion Date: July 2017
This proposal is for the City of Edmonton to use snow and the involvement of citizen groups to create winter public spaces in the downtown core. Snow removal equipment and personnel would deposit snow on vacant lots, sculpting the mounds into basic shapes and protective, micro-climates where public designers then inject activities. Daily winter life can be embraced rather than avoided when pausing to drink a coffee in an ice lounge, waiting for the bus shielded by a slab of snow, or sitting in a sun-bathed nook.
“This project is a provocative call to action for all winter cities to use the snow that would otherwise be removed to shape interactive, outdoor spaces. Its excellence lies in the high level of rigour to study and demonstrate the myriad forms that the designer and the snow operator can create with snow, then illustrating with realistic and lively urban interventions.”