2013 Cold Competition Winners

Cleveland, OH – On behalf of The Center for Outdoor Living Design (COLD) and the esteemed competition jury, I am pleased to announce the winners and honorable mentions selected for this inaugural year of the COLDSCAPES Competition! Over 80 registrants participated in the 2013 COLDSCAPES Competition, with submissions received from 15 U.S. cities and 13 countries spanning a wide range of cold (and warm) weather climates.


Shane Coen Founder and Principal, Coen + Partners
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Patrick Coleman | CEO, The Winter Cities Institute
Anchorage, Alaska

Aase Kari Mortensen | Senior Architect, Snøhetta
Oslo, Norway

Greg Peckham Managing Director, LAND Studio
Cleveland, Ohio

Gary Toth Director of Transportation Initiatives, Project for Public Spaces
New York City, New York

The three winning entries and ten honorable mentions were selected by a jury comprised of leaders in a range of design fields, including architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning and public art. The projects selected for recognition reflect the diversity of the jurors’ backgrounds and the spectrum of potential insertion points for design to enhance the lives of winter city visitors and residents.


The Freezeway
Matt Gibbs
Edmonton, Canada

Wendy Wang & Ryan Ort
Boston, USA

Second Hinterlands
Noel Turgeon & Natalya Egon
Chicago, USA

In addition to the winning entries, the jury selected ten submissions for Honorable Mention, which displayed creative insights and meaningful applications for winter cities.

Honorable Mentions:

Building a Better Bridge  Jake Chandler & Tyler Chandler | New York City, USA
Duluth Harbor Baths  Kai Salmela | Duluth, USA
Apparition Apparatus  Janet Yoon | Los Angeles, USA
Mobile Fire Pit  Erin Guido, Joe Lanzilotta & Joe Kastelic | Cleveland, USA  
Frozen Tectonic  Francisco Lara & Javier O’Ryan | Talca, Chile
Comfort Station Berlin  Thilo Reich | Berlin, Germany
Subarctic Urban  Ingela Martinsson | Stockholm, Sweden
Olmsted’s Blank Snow  Sergio Lopez-Pineiro | Buffalo, USA
Portal Alex Johnson, Jeff Smith, Mitch Hoyt & Colin Fishbaugh | Cleveland, USA
GLOW  David Craun, Hallie DelVillan, Theodore Ferringer & Michael Abrahamson | Cleveland, USA

All submissions to the COLDSCAPES Competition, including full text, images and video, will be added to the COLD ARCHIVE on the www.coldscapes.org website. The ARCHIVE will grow over time with submissions from future competitions and additional projects gathered by COLD. Planned to launch in early Fall 2013, the ARCHIVE will serve as a much needed resource for students, professionals, city officials, and residents interested to start cold climate relevant initiatives in their own cities.

In addition to the online ARCHIVE, a curated selection of the competition entries will be included in an outdoor exhibition scheduled to open in mid-November 2013, in Cleveland, Ohio. Winning entries will be published in the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative’s Urban Infill journal Volume 6, focused on urban design in cold weather environments. If you would like to stay informed regarding updates on the exhibition, book release, and next year’s competition, please join the COLD mailing list on our website here.

The COLD team would like to extend our warmest gratitude to all of the 2013 COLDSCAPES Competition entrants and our fabulous panel of jurors. We are also very grateful to Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and The Cleveland Foundation for supporting the COLD vision. With your help, I look forward to rekindling an appreciation and excitement for winter, discovering more of the unique design opportunities our cold weather cities present.

Kind regards,

David Jurca
Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative
Center for Outdoor Living Design | COLD