Submission: May 26, 2014
Registration: May 26, 2014
Location: Toronto, Canada
Prizes: 1st Prize $ 300 2nd Prize $ 100 3rd Prize $ 100
Type: Open competition for architects and architecture students.
The Homegrown National Park Design Challenge will raise awareness about the importance of making improvements to our urban landscape, one property at a time, among Toronto homeowners and property managers.
Recent severe storms and flooding, as well as droughts and other severe weather events, demonstrate that individuals need to conserve water and energy, and assist in increasing passive stormwater management in cities across Canada. Fostering biodiversity and increasing native plants will help people in cities connect to their natural surroundings and address the problem of declining bee, bird and butterfly populations.
This competition is an opportunity for designers to show homeowners and property managers simple and effective solutions that can improve the landscape along the Homegrown National Park corridor, and provide one or more of these benefits:
- Improve local air and water quality
- Increase natural stormwater management
- Increase carbon absorption and storage
- Reduce water and energy use
- Reduce heat island effect
- Increase biodiversity and improve habitat for bees, birds and butterflies
- Increase the amount and type of native plant species and reduce invasive species