The Midsteeple Quarter Ideas Competition
The Stove Network and the Glasgow Institute of Architects is inviting architectural concepts for the Midsteeple Quarter of Dumfries High Street from professional individuals and practices for a reimagined urban core of Dumfries.
The Midsteeple Quarter competition is first and foremost an ideas competition to envisage an innovative new approach to town centre living and being. The goal of the Stove Network is to see the high street re-energised and repopulated, contributing inclusively to the local community and economy.
The competition is looking for innovative yet practical solutions with regards to the building fabric of the Bakers Oven, a conscious solution to a sustainable energy strategy with a people-centred focus and a vision for the Quarter.
Creating a Vision
As designers you are in a position to respond to a set of challenges and dream of solutions, but these ideas need to be shared. Visualisations are a fundamental technique to communicate ideas as both a form of architectural representation and as an exploratory tool to convey the possibilities of our future environment. An image can offer direct evocations of lifestyle or inventive connections to surrounding cultural, social and historical conditions or reveal the potential through transformation and change. The competition revolves around creating a vision for the Midsteeple Quarter and these visionary ideas should be submitted as 2 images to illustrate proposals.
Give the vision of Oz, show the direction and convince you can create the yellow brick road.
David Smith –
Creative Producer at Cultural Enterprise Office & MQIC Project Producer at The Stove Network.
Melissa Gunn –
Lecturer in Business and Enterprise at the University of the West of Scotland & Chair of the Board of Directors at The Stove Network.
Tim Gray –
Director at Holmes Miller Architects & GIA President
Iain Monteith –
Director at Loader & Monteith Architects and Tutor at the Mackintosh School of Architecture
David Cowan –
Head of Regeneration Unit at the Scottish Government
Judging will take place on the 25 May 2017, with the winners announcement on the GIA website shortly after.
Enter the competition
Interested? Click Enter to register for this competition – the closing date for submissions is 15 May 2017.
The Midsteeple block is currently privately owned, however the Stove Network is in discussions about an asset transfer of 137-139 High Street, known locally as The Bakers Oven.
Offered with this competition brief are a range of resources that can be downloaded from this page or from our MQIC Dropbox Folder.
Open Day and Midsteeple Quarter Site Visit
We will hold an Open Day for interested entrants on the 22 April 2017 in Dumfries. Participating architects will be given a tour of the area, meet key team members and hear about The Stove Network. To reserve your place at the open day, please book a ticket on our Eventbrite page.
Who can Enter
This competition is open to architects, landscape architects and urban designers and any other related discipline, as individuals or in a practice from across the UK. This competition is not open to students.
The competition is anonymous. Each submission should not contain any mark or name identifying the author, the anonymity will be controlled by the GIA and not released to the Judging panel until a decision has been made.
Submission of competition entries are to be sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org and should include:
Maximum of 2 visualisations/images. Up to 1000 words description of concept.
Video submissions will be accepted but are optional.
The visualisations should not be smaller than 500mm square and a minimum 200dpi to ensure they can be included in the public exhibition. The visualisations should not exceed 5MB each and should be submitted in pdf or jpg format.
The written description should be submitted as a pdf. If you choose to submit a video please keep it to 60 seconds or less.
The submission is to be digital only so that images and videos can be projected or formatted for print as part of the exhibition. Questions should be sent to email@example.com before the deadline and answers will be posted here on the GIA website.
Competition Launch – 24 March 2017
Open Day and Midsteeple Quarter Site Visit – 22 April 2017
Submission Deadline – 15 May 2017
Announcement – End of May
1st Place – £1000
2nd Place – £500
3rd Place – £300
Your Questions Answered
Q: Is it anticipated that the two visualisations are individual images to support the text, or more conventional competition boards comprising of various drawings and visualisations? Also is there a maximum image size?
A: We would prefer if the two images can stand alone with no text, this allows us to best format the entries for the exhibition and public display for legibility and consistency. The visualisations should not exceed 5MB each and should be submitted in pdf or jpg format. The physical size is up to the entrant but images that are closer to a square format would be preferred as this would reduce the need to crop images when formatting for display.
Q: I was wondering whether Part II architectural assistants could enter this competition? Or only qualified architects?
A: We would be happy to accept entries from Part II Architectural Assistants, our definition of ‘student’ are those currently enrolled on a higher education course, pre Part II qualification or similar. We would also be happy to receive entries from students who have gone onto further study post Part II qualification, such as those studying for a PHD.