SALA students win design competition for Powell Street Festival

Mar 31, 2017

Macro Maki is the result of a collaboration between programs

Powell Street Festival design competition winners

First-year SALA Master of Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture students, Arkgo Chen, Yilang Kang, Jivan Khera, Alex Laos, and Divine Ndemeye have won the Powell Street Festival Society’s 2017 design competition for their entry Macro Maki. The winning design is an interactive installation that invites people to wear pillow-sized sushi costumes and take selfies on a stage that looks like an oversized wooden sushi tray.

Alex describes their design as “a dynamic platform that encourages social interaction with the people at the Powell Street Festival to create new memories of place.” The competition required entrants to create a structure that encourages interaction within a space. One of the judges, Kelty McKinnon of PFS Studio, said “Macro Maki is exuberantly participatory, and embodies the energy and youthful spirit of the Powell Street Festival.”

Powell Street Festival winners

From left: Arkgo Chen, Alex Laos, Yilang Kang, Jivan Khera, Divine Ndemeye

Emiko Morita, the executive director of the Powell Street Festival Society, said that they’re “really excited to have Macro Maki at the festival site. It’s going to give a whimsical present to the festival. We’re imagining a lot of festivalgoers donning the pillows and taking selfies on a beautifully designed and crafted stage.”

The installation will run between August 5 and 6 at the 41st annual Powell Street Festival, Canada’s largest celebration of Japanese arts and culture in Vancouver’s historic Japanese Canadian neighbourhood. The Design Competition for Powell Street Festival is a partnership between Powell Street Festival Society, Bing Thom Architects and Abaton Projects and is financially supported by PFS Studio and Hapa Collaborative as well as several private donors.

An honorable mention was also awarded to SALA Master of Architecture students Jérémie Dussault-Lefebvre and Sebastien Roy for their entry Bloom, Insens and Sun.