“Placemaking is a quiet movement that re-imagines public spaces as the heart of every community, in every city. It’s a transformative approach that inspires people to create and improve their public places. Placemaking strengthens the connection between people and the places they share.”

-Project for Public Spaces (www.pps.org)

“Creative Placemaking leverages the power of the arts, culture and creativity to serve a community’s interest while driving a broader agenda for change, growth and transformation in a way that also builds character and quality.”

– Artscape (www.artscapediy.org)

Save the date! On Friday August 15th, ten placemaking projects will temporarily pop up in the West Exchange District from 10am – 6pm. These projects include swings, sailing, singing and more!  See below for a full project list. Projects will occupy a half dozen alleys and dray ways (those iconic covered alleys) between Princess and Albert Streets, north of Notre Dame and south of Bannatyne Avenue.

Participants submitted proposals in June for the temporary installations that activate or animate the spaces, adhering to a tight budget. Projects were then selected by jury and participants will have had a month to bring their ideas to life!

The goal is to make spaces into places. These spaces have been used in recent years for film screenings and parties, and we want to continue to imagine the possibilities.using artists as the driving force. This imagining and placemaking aligns with the mandate of the 2014 Year of Urban Ideas: to promote the role of the arts in the development of cities.

We look forward to seeing you on August 15th! Remember to follow us on Twitter @urbanidea



1. Betwixt (Theo Sims and Jenn Angela Lopes)

Situated near two old fur company buildings are the fringes or cusp; shadow reminders of what history dictates to us. The alleyway will exude time replete: past present and future on various clothing items hung on market stalls, mini-dialogues about flesh, fur and relationships.

2. In Full Swing (Lorna Parashin and Moe Yusim)

Participants will swing in 8 music making hammocks and transform the quiet of the alley into a spontaneous, non choreographed soundtrack for the day.

3. Cats in the Alley (Nicole Shimonek with Ken Gregory)

A series of interactive projections of cats chasing a laser light in the alley.

4. City Sailing (Sasha Amaya)

On one level, the simple simplicity of sailing on Lake Winnipeg; on the other, the juxtaposition of experiencing the natural within the built, and the external within a small internal space

5. interTWINE (Number TEN Architectural Group)

A sculptural representation of the people, experiences, and energy that make up great neighbourhoods, which learns from the success of The Exchange District to enrich discussion about other areas of Winnipeg

6. Your Garden (Nicole Jowett, Janna Barkman, and Nick Turnbull)

A pop-up community garden that is open to all to experience the potential for fresh and affordable produce in the neighbourhood

7. POP (Plain Projects Landscape Architecture)

bubbles: three ways – A transformation to reveal the ephemeral qualities of the alley and surrounds.

8. Public Pool (Christopher F.E. Beauvilain and Marc Arnould)

An exercise in imagination which aims to engage the public in placemaking by challenging the viewer to reevaluate and question existing spaces.

9. DayGazer (Emily Bews and Ashley James)

A dreamy canopy of stars illuminating an otherwise shadowed dray way

10. Jamais je ne t’oublierai (Colette Balcaen)

A colourful kite inscribed with a quote from the collection of traditional songs entitled La bonne chanson: recalling hope, courage, and strength – part of the history of Canadian francophones