The NXT City Prize is an annual competition in Toronto that invites anyone under the age of 35 to submit a game-changing public space idea for the chance to win $5,000.
Here’s what they were asking submitters for:
We’re looking for the best, most visionary, mind-blowing, awe-inspiring, precedent-setting, media-worthy, radical, city-shifting, wish-I-had-thought-of-this ideas for public spaces. Think about projects that help us move, interact, work, commute, eat, relax, wayfind, play, exercise or gather.
This year’s winners were Lucas DeClavasio and Andrew Patterson (of Wysp Creative) for their innovative streetcar safety murals design that would incorporate Toronto transit, public safety, and local artists into one beautiful project.
Essentially, the road space between streetcar stops and the lane in which streetcars actually stop would be covered in a bright mural, drawing drivers’ attention as they approach.
The City of Toronto’s Chief Planner, Jennifer Keesmaat already seems to be a fan:
Beautify Toronto + make it safer, too. Street murals to elevate safety, and the importance of Transit, in the city. pic.twitter.com/MoQBlOBfNK
— jennifer keesmaat (@jen_keesmaat) November 26, 2016
With fans as important as Keesmaat, don’t be surprised if these murals soon go from prize winner to real-life project in no time.