Design by competition and the potential for public participation: assessing an urban design competition on Toronto’s waterfront

White, J. T. (2014) Design by competition and the potential for public participation: assessing an urban design competition on Toronto’s waterfront. Journal of Urban Design, 19(4), pp. 541-564. (doi:10.1080/13574809.2014.923744)

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Abstract

Design competitions are often used to select design teams for high profile development projects, yet have received scant attention in the literature. Seeking to redress this imbalance, this paper presents a competition model that was employed on Toronto’s waterfront in 2006 for a large public realm project and describes how it was structured around an iterative public consultation process. Although subject to a number of implementation delays, the competition sponsors built a constituency of support for the redevelopment project by engaging lay people in the decision-making process. The paper argues that the competition struck a balance between lay input and professional knowledge and contends that future research efforts should continue to explore means by which public participation can be integrated into design competitions.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:White, Dr James
Authors: White, J. T.
Subjects:G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Journal of Urban Design
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN:1357-4809
ISSN (Online):1469-9664
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2014 Taylor and Francis
First Published:First published in Journal of Urban Design 19(4):541-564
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

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