©Storefront Manitoba & Winnipeg Trails Association




Registration deadline: February 6, 2020

Submission deadline: February 20, 2020



Benchmark is an international design challenge which will culminate in permanent installations along Winnipeg and Manitoba’s trail systems. Storefront Manitoba and the Winnipeg Trails Association invite individuals and groups from around the world to submit an iconic design that will enhance the experience and accessibility of the trails to a diversity of users. We are looking for an intervention that has the power to bring people together, a place to rest, take a break, people watch, lean, ponder one’s surroundings, and even create new activities for the diverse users of our trails.


Bench competition

The Benchmark design challenge is open to local and international individuals and teams. Individual and teams consisting of designers, architects, landscape architects, and / or artists are encouraged to contribute their designs. Individuals may be students, interns, or practitioners. Multiple submissions are permitted.


The jury will base its scoring on the following considerations:

• Artistic merit (creativity, originality, clarity of the design & cultural integrity);

• Ease of fabrication and maintenance;

• Suitable for outdoor use (durable, weatherproof, etc);

• Budget;

• Context and interpretation of site;

• Potential for public engagement;

• Inclusiveness of the design: functional and experiential accessibility;

• Satisfies the Design Requirements as referenced on Page 2.


StorefrontMB was established in 2011 to foster design culture in Manitoba. Since its inception, StorefrontMB has coordinated a host of events, including: forums, film series, the annual Winnipeg Design Festival, Winnipeg Commerce Design Competition, the Architecture Fringe Festival, Table for 1200 More, as well as publishing numerous books on design in Manitoba. The organization is overseen by a board of directors that draws from all spatial disciplines: Landscape, Architecture, Interiors, and Planners.


The Winnipeg Trails Association is a dynamic organization that plays a critical and comprehensive role in the development of a modern, sustainable city through the primary lens of active transportation. The Winnipeg Trails Association was founded in 2003 and incorporated as a non-profit in 2017.



$1500 CAD artist fees,

Up to $1,000 CAD for travel & accommodation

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