Design competition launches to redesign Kitchener airport landscape

When you think of Kitchener International Airport or drive past it, the word “icon” doesn’t really come to mind. Prominent parking garages and parking spaces? Yes. Swamps? For sure. But iconic? Not as much.

The airport wants to change this attitude. In partnership with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), Kitchener International Airport is launching an international design competition seeking landscape architects to create an “image maker” landscape that will make a better first and last impression on travelers who are in Traveling in and out of Kitchener.

It’s a large design area considering around 130 acres of planted and natural land around the airport for designers. In addition to aiming to create an iconic landscape and an unforgettable experience for travelers, the design should also improve the sustainability and resilience of the airport landscape.

Here is the design contest timeline:

  • The design competition starts on Thursday June 8th when a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is issued.
  • RFQ responses are due by July 21, 2017.
  • Four finalists will be selected from the competition by a jury. Each finalist will receive a $ 20,000 grant to develop a conceptual plan.
  • The winning design will be “used to determine funding for design development and project implementation”.

The full guidelines and application can be found here.

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