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The Koinobori · BTA Design Competition Winner!

In the Interactive Zone in Oppenheimer Park
Saturday & Sunday from 11:30am to 7:00pm
土曜日&日曜日、午前13時~午後7時 オッペンハイマー公園

The Powell Street Festival Society is pleased to announce the winner of its design competition! The winning design—“The Koinobori”—is an interactive installation inspired by traditional carp streamers. The design will be unveiled this summer at the 40th annual Powell Street Festival.

The winning project was created by­ Melody Giang, Emily Huser and Steven Schmidt of BCIT’s Architectural Technology 3 class, along with German exchange students Kai Kattge and Sebastian Saure. The team has been awarded a $1000 prize, a production budget and mentorship from Bing Thom Architects (BTA) and Abaton Projects.

「こいのぼり」は、伝統的な日本の鯉のぼりからインスピレーシ ョンを受けた、参加型のアートです。作品は、パウエル祭協会、ビングトム建築とアバトンプロジェクトが共同主催したコンテス トの優勝者であり、BCIT建築クラス3の履修者である、Melody Giang、Emily Huser、Steven Schmidtとドイツからの留学生Kai Kattge、Sebastian Saureにより設計されています。当日、来場者 の皆さんに色をつけたり、ストーリーを書き込んでいただくこと で、作品が完成します。出来上がったものはフレームに飾られます。参加無料。

Art and architecture students were challenged to design structures that create space for interaction and respite at the Powell Street Festival. The entrants were asked to consider civic engagement, cultural relevance, environmental sustainability and practical design limitations in their proposals.

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“The concept of The Koinobori is inspired by the carp streamers and is designed to unite the festival goers with culture, history and personal stories,” states the design team. “In the traditional Japanese culture, the carp streamers symbolize the wishes of strength and courage for the children.”

Festival attendees have the opportunity to colour or write stories on fabric scales which will then be hung on the structure’s ribbed frame. The structure will provide seating, shade and a gathering place for the community.

The Design Competition for Powell Street Festival is a partnership between PSFS, BTA and Abaton Projects and sponsored by Haebler Group, Heatherbrae Builders, AME Group, Hapa Collaborative and RDH Building Science. The jury included landscape architects Jeff Cutler of space2place design inc. and Kelty McKinnon of PFS Studio, as well as representatives from PSFS, BTA and Abaton Projects. It was unanimous in their selection of “The Koinobori.”

Photo of the blank scales on the Koinobori frame under consctruction.

The design is now in development and will be unveiled at the Opening Ceremony of the 40th annual Powell Street Festival at Oppenheimer Park at 11:30 am on Saturday, July 30, 2016. Follow @powellstfest on social media and posts tagged #powellstfest #koinobori to see the development process.

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