Have a seat, Winnipeg! It's time to Chair Your Idea

Posted on Sep 01, 2015 by The Forks Market

We know that everyone has a great idea on how they would make Winnipeg an even better city to live in. That's why we created Chair Your Idea. It is a crowd-sourced and crowd-funded open competition seeking to generate thousands of ideas for urban design in Winnipeg.We want to hear your great idea so we can share it to with the world and show everyone just how creative Winnipeg is.

Anyone who calls Winnipeg home can submit an idea. Along with each idea, participants are asked to submit a $25 registration fee which will be used to implement the winning idea next year. The ideas are posted online as well as put onto chairs which are hosted by local businesses all over the city to create new public spaces where Winnipeggers can discuss ideas.

Need to get the ideas flowing? We caught up with some of the local businesses which will be hosting chairs and they shared their ideas on what change they would make for $30,000.

“Grow your mind, make your space, find your idea, discover your community - at Winnipeg Public Library."

Create a makerspace to support exploration and discovery at the Library. Makerspaces promote community engagement, collaboration and creativity in a hands-on learning environment. Makerspaces can be equipped with tools that allow people of all ages to learn new and transferable skills, explore technology, collaborate on ideas, and share knowledge. The space may include creative software, sound booths, 3D printing, as well as everyday tools that allow you to make or design just about anything. But the most important part of the makerspace is you and the unique knowledge and ideas you have to share.

Alix-Rae Stefanko, Youth Services Librarian, Winnipeg Public Library

“I would invest the money in to making Old Market Square a skating rink in the winter. It would be great so see The Exchange alive in the Winter Time!”

Mike Del B, King + Bannatyne

"To develop a walking tour app that takes you all over the site and tells the rich and diverse history of The Forks."

Clare MacKay, Vice-President, Corporate and Community Initiatives,

The Forks North Portage

“Organize annual design festival to build 10 summer benches on Corydon. Transform the street into a public space and inspire new urban ideas”

Jae-Sung Chon, Owner, MAKE COFFEE + STUFF

“Bright yellow & orange #IdeaBoxes situated in key spots around #YWG for anonymous notes on city ideas/issues/concerns #democracy #citizen."

Constance Popp, Owner, Chocolatier Constance Popp

“Adapt under-utilized areas within neighbourhood parks to create small scale urban dog parks (fenced). Happy pooches make for happy people."

Nils Vik, Owner, Parlour

Like these ideas? Think you could do better? Submit your great idea at www.chairyouridea.ca


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