Benchmark 2019 Unveiling: Seesaw!

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Thank you to everyone who came to the unveiling of Seesaw by Sylvia Choi and Daegeon Jeong! (Photo by JeongChoi Works)

Benchmark is an international design competition which culminates in permanent bench installations along the The Great Trail (TCT) in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  The design challenge to reimagine the bench has attracted entries from all over the world: 5 continents, 21 countries, 7 provinces and 12 U.S. states. 


Now in its third year, Benchmark is once again hosting an international design competition to bring unique seats to our neighbourhoods and celebrate Manitoba’s diverse trail network. Sites are selected every year along the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) which has recently been rebranded as The Great Trail. ‘The Great Trail’ is made up of hundreds of local trails that form one of the world’s longest and grandest trails. It offers a multitude of trail experiences from wilderness pathways, rail trails, rural tracks, forested paths, historic canoe routes to logging roads, country roads, secondary highways, paved urban walkways, and downtown streets.


Benchmark is an open competition, made possible through the generous support of: Trans Canada Trail, City of Winnipeg and Trails Manitoba.


The Winnipeg Trails Association is a coalition of volunteer trail builders and trail users who are focused on accelerating trail development and connectivity in Winnipeg. Our association consists of over 40+ organizations and partners who are promoting the use and development of recreational and commuter trails for the benefit and enjoyment of all Manitobans and visitors to our province.


StorefrontMB was established in 2011 to foster design culture in Manitoba. Since its inception, StorefrontMB has coordinated a host of events, including: forums, film series, the annual Winnipeg Design Festival, Winnipeg Commerce Design Competition, the Architecture Fringe Festival, Table for 1200 More, as well as publishing numerous books on design in Manitoba. The organization is overseen by a board of directors that draws from all spatial disciplines: Landscape, Architecture, Interiors, and Planners.

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