City launches Edmonton's first infill design competition

The city has launched its first Infill Design Competition.

Ice slides to solar panels, vote for your favourite infill design

This woodflex house design would "bring the outdoors in" with solar panels and vertical gardens adorning the walls. (Edmontondesign.ca )

From skinny homes to garage suites, infill housing has proven to be one of the most divisive development issues in Edmonton.

But the city is giving you a chance to cast your vote on how the city can best curb urban sprawl.

The city's Sustainable Development Department has launched its first Infill Design Competition.

After receiving more than 80 design submissions from across North America, the city has created a short list of 18 for the "People's Choice Award" category of the competition.
This design, titled Inclination, is just one of dozens of submissions competing for votes in the infill contest. (edmontoninfilldesign.ca)
 Voting online is now open and closes on Oct. 3. The winning designs will be announced at the competition gala on Oct 20. 

Among the top selections are a unique blend of designs, including super modern skinny houses, a condo development with a built in ice-slide and tiny homes with solar panels and vertical gardens adorning its living room walls. 

The competition was inspired by the city's plan to increase urban density, and the city said the online vote is intended to show Edmontonians "the breadth of possibilities for infill design." 

Last year, 13 per cent of new housing was built in mature and core neighbourhoods, the city said in a statement.