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Rendering by 1st place winners Danielle Dubois and Holly Friesen

2022 Barkman Concrete Design Competition Winners Announced

March 18, 2022 — 

The Barkman Concrete design competition is open to any student enrolled in the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba and a required assignment for students in the course EVLU 4002 taught by John Harper. This year, the task was to design, lay out, and detail geometric shapes or systems into a pattern for a new concrete product line of pavers, wall units and furniture.

Congratulations to the winners:

1st Place – BOLD Simplicity          
Danielle Dubois
Holly Friesen

2nd place – The Onion          
Jia Garcia
Myles O’Toole
Victor Sarzynski

3rd place – Influx              
Jen Bergen
Conrad Jabo
Brandon Nacionales

Rendered park scene

2nd place winner – The Onion


Rendered park scene

3rd place winner – Influx

The 1st place design utilizes the basic but bold shape of the triangle as a pattern to direct movement and create visual focus as a concrete paver, wall unit and planter. The triangle design is imagined to make simple shapes or complex patterns while being user-friendly, visually interesting and contemporary.

The paver design uses the triangle within a square, creating a versatile user-friendly pattern that is easily repositioned to interject energy, focus, and direction in a space. The wall unit design imagines a contemporary triangle accent to create visual interest and the illusion of depth as a garden wall, retaining wall or freestanding wall. The triangle planter design imagines a sleek and modern shape, and is designed with the intention to be used individually or combined to form other configurations.

A special thank you to Alan Barkman, Scott Barkman, Brian Pries, August Wiens, Garry Funk, Mark Hiebert, Wayne Patram and Wayne Wiebe from Barkman Concrete Ltd. for jurying the entries. 



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