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River Landing Century Plaza Landmark, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, August,
DESIGN APPROACH FOR THE CENTURY PLAZA LANDMARK, CITY OF
design approach is centered on a continual discourse between
appropriate ideas and physical possibilities.
ONE: THE SIGNIFICANCE OF WHEAT IN THE PRAIRIES
key developments a century ago unleashed Canada’s economic
potential. One was the Marquis strain of wheat and the other was
the transmission of hydro electric power over long distances.
These achievements were the basis for the enormous, pre-First World War
growth of Canada.
E. Saunders succeeded in creating a grain that ripened a critical seven
to ten days earlier than other varieties and could be harvested before
the first frost. Widely distributed to farmers in 1909, his
Marquis strain was the seed of choice by 1920 for nine out of ten
fields of prairie wheat.
achievement turned Canada into a force in the world grain farming along
with Russia, the U.S. and Argentina. Marquis was heralded as the
best hard spring wheat in North America and led to a major western
TWO: AIM HIGH IN HOPE AND WORK
and City Planner, Daniel H. Burnham, with respect to his plans for the
City of Chicago made the following statement:
"Make no little plans;
they have not magic to stir men's blood . . .
Make big plans;
aim high in hope and work . . ."
two ideas led to the notion of a significant marker celebrating the
exuberance of past achievements and future possibilities. The
Saskatoon Spire would bring pride to its citizens and initiate the
urban development necessary for its growth and development.
THREE: PARTICIPATION / ANIMATION
wind could cause it to sway.
drawing lightning it could animate the urban sky.
presence of water would humanize the plaza.
and sound would energize the place and its events.
formal and informal presence would bring it alive.
and nocturnal uses would adapt to seasonal requirements.
could be a place that nurtures both the intentional and the accidental.
could nurture pride in the City.
could provide urban identity.
could involve design innovation in the making of a powerful marker.
would require the passionate participation of every citizen of
Saskatchewan to realize its creation.
Sbrissa, Frank C.
Carter, Jordan Ellis,
Dinko Sakanovic, Soodei Ssalehin,