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Latest Update: Go to the Fringe to see the barricades! Vote for People's Choice!

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Edmontonians, behold.

The winner of Judge's Choice as judged by local designers Rachelle Bugeaud ( & Geoff Lilge ( was unanimous: Barrique, by Chris Vander Hoek. You win $300.

The winner of People' Choice as judged by you: Zumorph, by Chris Brodt and Mark Lafond. You win $300 courtesy Ardent Dental Centre.

The winner of 124 Street's Fave: Flat Pack by Greg Whistance-Smith and Lawrence Ly. You won $100 in Atomic Zombie Tattoo bucks.

Thank you to all of the participants. You made a great impression on the world. Each of you were selected as finalists because your entry was superb. Thanks for participating.

Thanks as well to the following sponsors and supporters: Newstudio Architecture Inc, Progress Unlimited, Kasian Architecture, Interior Design and Planning, Shelterbelt Architecture, Group2 Architecture, the Old Strathcona Business Association, Ardent Dental Centre, The Fringe Festival and Bottomline Productions, 124 Street Grand Market (Kirsta Franke), MADE and Make Something Edmonton.

Please support the above businesses and organizations - they stepped up with funds and support to assist in showing excellence in Edmonton.

As for the Elusive Nadir Bellahmer - maybe I'll see you around? But probably not.

Thanks E-Town. Yer the Best.


Edmonton has spoken. The speeches were in the form of piles of excellent entries. Every submission was quite different and all were outstanding ideas. The finalist pool had to be increased. It just had to be.

We have 8 barricades currently being built and these finalists will be judged (judges are TBA) .

August 15th / be at the 124 Street Grand Market to marvel at these barricades; works of art and function, while enjoying the delights that they adorn.

August 16th-25th / flock to the Fringe Festival grounds in awe of both the festival and 8 barricades that may change your life.

Updates, maps and of course, dioramas to come.


This is a competition. An exploratory one.

The existing barricades make our festivals, events and markets look like construction zones. Let's see what local designers can do to re-design them in a contest.

Barricade should fit within an 8'Wx3'Hx2', shall weigh between 20-30 lbs., shall be portable + durable + stable, shall be bright + light-reflective and/or lit, shall be able to mount signage, can be made of your choice of materials.

Submit your sketch and proposal including dimensions, materials and any other details that will help describe how well your design works for this application. Please keep your budget within $100 - $150. 5 will be shortlisted and asked to produce prototypes for display next to existing barricades at markets and festivals in mid to late August. $200 honorarium to be given to each of the finalists (5) upon production and delivery to site. Judges top pick receives one $300 cash prize.

July 19th, 2013: Deadline for proposals

July 23rd: Announce finalists

August 15th - 29th: Display and judging of barricades (unveiling at 124 St. Grand Market)

Competition open to Edmonton & Area residents. Designers retain all rights to their sketches and finalists retain all rights to their barricade. It's yours forever.

Send submissions and questions to:

Collaborators on this Project

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