The Site Magazine presents Future Legacies: Design for Canada’s Next 150 Years

Future Legacies: Design for Canada’s Next 150 Years is an exhibition of The Site Magazine’s inaugural design competition, featuring the five winners: Ali Navidbakhsh, Evan Wakelin, Karan Manchanda, Sarah Gunawan, and Shelley Long; plus five runners-up: Anna Longrigg + Jason McMillan, Fionn Byrne, Kyung-Kuhn Lee + Mamata Guragain + Nubras SamayeenMitchell Gray, and Rob McIntosh; and five honourable mentions: Dominique Cheng, Émélie Desrochers-Turgeon, Emma Mendel, Stephanie Mauer, and Studio Ha-ha.

Critical Distance is pleased to facilitate this exhibition in the 3rd Floor Hallway Gallery just outside our door at Artscape Youngplace, on view September 8–23, 2017 during building hours, 8–8 pm daily.

In the context of Canada’s sesquicentennial, entrants were challenged to develop proposals that considered the relationship between the nation’s history, current context, and possible future trajectories. The submissions, which came from across the nation, as well as seven different countries internationally, reflect the spectrum of Canadian geography, culture, population, and politics, and raise pertinent questions to be considered as we move forward collectively.

The winning projects, selected by a jury of Canadian and international designers and thinkers, represent a diverse range of notions of Canada’s identity and legacy, ranging from the scale of the entire country to that of a suburban single-family home. Along the third-floor hallway of Artscape Youngplace, images and text by the five competition winners, five runners-up, and five honourable mentions will be presented along with commentary from jury members and the editors at The Site Magazine. Together, this material presents not only a critical perspective on how legacy shapes the direction of political and ideological undertakings but also a window into the possibilities for architects, landscape architects, and designers to imagine alternative Canadian futures.


The Site Magazine is the current iteration of Canada’s longest running independent architecture magazine. Written by,
and for, emerging designers and thinkers, we publish two volumes a year of original writing, design, and art from new voices with fresh ideas. By bringing a Canadian lens to pressing global issues, we aim to cultivate a community of creative and critical thinkers who can influence design futures in Canada and abroad. The Site Magazine is supported by funding from the Canada Council for the Arts and regular partners, including Arts Everywhere. 



competition image by Shelley Long

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