S-TOWER SHOE TOWER DESIGN COMPETITION FOR UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO STUDENTS Graduate students in the University of Toronto’s Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design and undergraduate students in the University’s Bachelor of Arts Architectural Studies Major (BAAS) are invited to participate in a competition for the design of a shoe tower. The competition is sponsored by Toronto-based WORKshop, Inc. and has been approved by the Dean of the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. CONTEXT WORKshop is an experimental design centre located on the Concourse Level at 80 Bloor Street West, adjacent to the Bay Street TTC subway station. WORKshop promotes reciprocity between design traditions and excellence spawned in China over many centuries and today’s contemporary urban lifestyles in the East and West. WORKshop draws particular inspiration from the Chinese Ming period. (See Vision Statement at the end of this document. Also see www.workshoptoronto.com, which will be available in late August.) WORKshop is engaged in research, development, and the promotion of furniture and products for the home and will be formally launched in early November 2009 with an opening exhibition. The exhibition will include ideas and objects by international designers from Canada, China, Italy, and the United States, along with winning entries from this shoe tower (S-TOWER) design competition. INTENTIONS The S-TOWER competition provides an opportunity to design an innovative, fully functional structure for the indoor storage of shoes and other footwear. In today’s urbanized world, where many people live in small houses, apartments, or condo units, new modes of storage are needed in order to liberate valuable space for everyday living. In certain parts of the world, particularly in Southeast Asia, inventive shoe storage units are common in domestic environments. Various companies market useful shoe cabinets and organizers, including shoe towers. (For example, see Hong Kong-based Goods of Desire [GOD]. Go to www.god.com.hk, then product, then furniture, then cabinet and storage, then shoe cabinet.) WORKshop invites participants to design an innovative shoe tower that draws inspiration from the clarity and elegance of the Chinese Ming period while fully embracing the present and the 21st century. ELIGIBILITY The competition is open only to students registered at the University of Toronto and enrolled in either a graduate program in the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design or in the Faculty of Arts and Science’s Bachelor of Arts Architectural Studies program. Proof of registration and enrolment must be provided as part of the Stage One submission. BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR THE TOWER ‐although various materials can be employed if desired, the tower must be made of 80% wood, wood‐ products, or wood‐like products ‐sustainable “green” materials and processes are strongly preferred ‐the overall footprint cannot be larger in area than 2500 sq cm (approximately 400 sq in) ‐the height is limited to a maximum of 1.6 meters (160 cm) or approximately 64 inches ‐it is important to carefully consider natural aeration and ventilation of the tower ‐the tower must be sturdy, durable, and easy to clean and maintain STAGE ONE (IDEAS) In Stage One, students are asked to submit a concept for a shoe tower, fully represented on one, horizontally formatted A‐1 sheet (594 mm high x 841 mm long, or 23.4 inches high x 33.1 inches long). This sheet, which can be in black and white or colour and either hand‐drawn or digitally produced, must include the following: FRONT OF SHEET: ‐plan (1:10) ‐section (1:10) ‐elevation(s) as required to describe the proposal (1:10) ‐3‐D view ‐brief text communicating your idea (maximum of 100 words) ‐brief description of intended materials (maximum of 100 words) ‐tally of total number of shoes (or slippers, etc.) that can be stored in the unit ATTACHED TO REAR OF SHEET: In a sealed envelope securely attached to the rear of the A‐1 sheet, enclose the following information: your name, program and year (e.g. M.Arch II, BAAS‐II, MLA III, etc.), University of Toronto student I.D. number, e‐mail address, and telephone number. STAGE ONE SCHEDULE ‐August 13, 2009: competition announced ‐September 4, 2009, 5pm: Stage One (Ideas) due at the WORKshop, C‐1, 80 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2V1 (tel. 416‐925‐1323); entries can be submitted by mail or pre‐paid courier to arrive by 5pm, September 4, 2009; or entries can be hand‐delivered between 1pm and 5pm on September 4, 2009 to the WORKshop on the Concourse Level at 80 Bloor Street West. WORKshop, Inc. will not consider any Stage One submission that arrives after 5pm on September 4, 2009. STAGE ONE JURY AND FINALISTS Entries in Stage One will be reviewed by a three‐member jury in early September. Authorship of entries will not be made known to the jurors until after the jury process is completed. The jury will select up to five projects for further, Stage Two development and, following verification of eligibility, will provide each Stage One finalist $150 to support her/his participation in Stage Two. Each Stage One proposal selected as a finalist for Stage Two will be displayed in WORKshop’s fall, public exhibition. The jury for Stage One and Stage Two will be: Andrew Jones, Toronto‐based furniture designer and adjunct professor in the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design Larry Wayne Richards, Professor of Architecture in the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, and Artistic Director, WORKshop, Inc. (Chair of the Jury) Robin Speke, furniture designer and manufacturer with Speke/Klein, Durham, Ontario Student employees of WORKshop, Inc. are not eligible to participate in the competition, and communication between student participants and jury members regarding the competition is not allowed. WORKshop, Inc. will not respond to any questions submitted by participants about the competition. The sheet/drawing submitted in Stage One will not be returned to the author and will be retained by WORKshop, Inc. for possible future exhibitions or promotional purposes. STAGE TWO The finalists in Stage One will be invited to further develop their ideas in Stage Two. Participants in Stage Two are required to complete a three‐dimensional, physical model of the shoe tower at half full size. The model should be substantially constructed and show intentions in terms of anticipated detailing of the final, actual shoe tower. Each finalist will receive $150 for research, development, and materials in Stage Two. Additionally, a one‐page description of the project is required with the author’s name included. Stage Two submissions are due at the WORKshop between 1pm and 5pm on October 7, 2009. WORKshop, Inc. will not consider any Stage Two submissions arriving after 5pm, October 7, 2009. The jury listed above will assess the Stage Two submissions in mid‐October and select a Winner and a Runner‐up. The Winner will receive $500 and the Runner‐up $300. Each of the Stage Two submissions will be displayed as part of WORKshop’s opening exhibition in the fall of 2009. The three‐dimensional models submitted in Stage Two become the property of WORKshop, Inc. and will not be returned to the authors. ADDITIONAL REGULATIONS 1. As noted above, drawings and models will not be returned and will be retained by WORKshop, Inc. 2. WORKshop, Inc. reserves the right to reproduce images of Stage One and Stage Two projects, with authorship dully noted. 3. Shoe tower designs are the copyright of the designer. 4. WORKSHOP, Inc. reserves the exclusive right to produce a prototype of the shoe tower design by the Winner or the Runner‐up. 5. WORKshop, Inc. reserves the exclusive right to pursue a contractual agreement between WORKshop, Inc., a manufacturing company, and the Winner and/or Runner‐up to commercially produce the shoe tower, specifying a negotiated fee or royalties. 12 Aug 09 WORKshop Vision Statement WORKshop is an experimental design center located on the concourse level of 80 Bloor Street West in Yorkville, Toronto's luxury shopping district. The center is being launched in 2009 to further the visionary design work of Hong Kong-based Kin Yeung whose approach establishes reciprocity between design traditions and excellence spawned in China over many centuries and today's contempo- rary urban life styles in both the East and the West. As its name suggests, WORKshop is simultaneously focused on "work" (working, making work, objects that work) and "shop" (shopping, retail shop). In the broadest sense, it is a research center and laboratory. It can also be under- stood as an incubator for the development of ideas and prototypes intended for production and for commercial distribution in both local and international mar- kets. Initially WORKshop will concentrate on the conceptualizing, designing, and testing of various lifestyle products, including furniture and furnishings for the home, drawing inspiration from the simplicity, elegance, and refinement of the Chinese Ming period. WORKshop will explore materials, material sourcing, new technologies, and potential manufacturing processes and locations in order to maximize product quality and marketing potential. Guided by Artistic Director Larry Wayne Richards, WORKshop will engage design students, recent design graduates, and emerging designers in the To- ronto area in experimental work, with the intention of developing "Ming Modern" furniture and home furnishings suitable for the market place. Modest research grants will be awarded to support proposals seen as worthy of further develop- ment. Imaginative window displays, exhibitions, website promotion, and periodic seminars will be integral to the development of the WORKshop and its products. The products and processes of the WORKshop will be consistent with and rein- forcing of the eight design principles of Blanc de Chine, established by Kin Yeung, including emphasis on: functionality, simplicity, serenity, harmony, purity, subtlety, sensuality, and comfort. As the WORKshop experiment develops, the guiding principles will be further defined and articulated. Moreover, with an overview of many centuries of Chinese history and culture, it is the intention of the Toronto-based WORKshop to become a dynamic center for ideas and design innovation that simultaneously builds on tradition and "the fa- miliar" while generating new, surprising objects that challenge established ex- pectations.