Winter Places

A design competition for winter placemaking

Winter Activation Ideas for Main Streets & Neighborhoods During COVID19

As COVID19 restrictions and public safety concerns limit indoor activities, restaurants, entertainment, public events, social gatherings and more have turned to the outdoors. This has been a great lifeline during the spring and summer but will become challenging during the colder, darker winter months. This program seeks ideas and designs for quickly implementable, low cost interventions to drive visitors back to Main Street that will encourage them to stay longer and patronize area restaurants and businesses. Final designs will then be published in an open-source “Winter Places” activation guide book with full credit given to the respective designers.

program partners

how it works

Design firms are now tasked with developing quickly implementable, low cost interventions to drive visitors back to Main Street that will encourage them to stay longer and patronize area restaurants and businesses. Final designs will then be published in a “Winter Places” activation guide book.

Discovery

COMPLETE

We crowdsourced ideas from communities looking to activate their cities & towns this Winter.

Open Call

SUBMIT BY 10/9

Open call to artists, designers, architects and others to submit ideas for winter activation.

Review

10/5 to 10/20

Representatives from each of the five partners review the submissions and select the finalists.

Design Guide

10/26

Finalists are published in a FREE digital Design Guide.

the competition

How can we encourage residents and visitors to visit and spend time on our main streets during colder winter weather while also encouraging shopping and dining at area small businesses? Winter Places is soliciting creative low cost solutions around main street district interventions from outdoor dining to large scale winter festivals, art installations and more that fit the following two purposes:

  1. Give visitors a reason to come back to Main Street this Winter
  2. Give them a reason to stay, including, but not limited to, space for outdoor dining, recreation, entertainment, commerce, public art and warmth.

what it looks like

Think outside the box and submit your creative ideas and concepts. From cozy and practical to abstract and inspiring, the final Design Guide is intended to provide Community builders with actionable, impactful and cost-effective solutions to keep their downtowns active during colder months.

Sample Ideas

S'Mores Bar - Park & Field, Chicago, IL

Cafe Bicyclette, Edmonton, Canada

Winter at Montreal's Art Museum

Big Bright Light Show, Rochester, MI

the design guide

The final design guide will consist of a downloadable resource guide with different ideas for interventions for colder months on main streets and residential streets to keep people outdoors and active during the darker colder months.  Complete with very rough cost estimates (low cost, medium, pricey) and implementation time estimates. Each selected design will be featured with images, description and contact information.

The design guide is FREE for download.

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