Canada 150 Cargo-tecture Design Competition Finalists Announced

May 09, 2017

Saint John, NB May 9, 2017: Discover Saint John is pleased to announce the five finalists in their Canada 150 Cargo-tecture Design Competition. In honour of the sesquicentennial celebrations, interested parties were invited to submit concepts to the Canada 150 Cargo-tecture Design Competition to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. The Government of Canada, through Canadian Heritage, committed $150,000 to the project after approving Discover Saint John’s application.

The competition jury selected the following finalists:

Finalist #
Artist – Alanna Baird
St. Andrews, NB
A sculptural and playful treatment of a 20-ft shipping container.

Finalist #2
Crazy about Containers Team
Rexton, NB
Maintainer Container:This is one-stop, self-operated maintenance garage for bike tune-ups and repairs in the Maintainer Container for bicycles.

Finalist #3
UNB graduates — John Allan Marshall, Alastair Bird, Tyler Fissel
Hampton, NB

Vertical Playground:The Vertical Playground created for active fun will allow people to catch glimpses of Fort Latour, Fort Howe, Martello Tower and the Harbour Bridge as you ascend through the tower with a 360 degrees view of Saint John waterfront at the top.

Finalist #4
Geof Ramsay, Kale Harper, Alex Palmer
Saint John, NB
Periscope:This Periscope installation serves as a congregating point for people to meet and take in a unique view of the area. At night, a light will shine in the reverse direction to serve as a landmark like all the lighthouses that dot the Canadian coast. Generations of Canadian kids have used an old milk carton to make a periscope for looking around corners and over fences, this concept was inspired for them.

Finalist #5
Crazy about Containers Team
Rexton, NB
Sustainer Container:The Sustainer Container will take the limited space in many urban people’s back yard and turn it into a valuable and productive area. The Sustainer Container is a shipping container that is converted to a living four sided building that grows a variety of plants on its walls and roof, while maintaining an interior space for the contents of a regular garden shed.

The finalists will bring their shipping container designs to life to be featured at the Area 506 Festival on Canada 150 Street this summer August 5-6, 2017. The public will have the opportunity to experience the upcycled shipping containers and then vote for their favourite. The public vote will be combined with a jury score to determine the grand-prize winner of $1500.

Complete rules and regulations are available on the Discover Saint John Canada 150 website under the Cargo-tecture Design Competition event.

 About Discover Saint John:

Discover Saint John is a not-for-profit public-private corporation with the mandate to increase tourism revenues in Saint John by marketing the city’s unique and competitive tourism experiences to high-potential markets. In addition to tourism promotion, Discover Saint John provides staff and management directly for the city’s visitor information centres.

Discover Saint John is governed by an 11-member board of directors with 5 appointees from the City of Saint John, 2 members of the Hotel Association, and 4 members appointed as industry representatives.


Media Inquiries:

Jillian MacKinnon
Director Marketing & Communications – Discover Saint John 506-635-3471