Landscapes - Winter 2017 - 18

PROLOGUE

05 / "NO JOKE-I-KING!
Crokicurling is a thing..."

-Winnipeg Free Press, January 26, 2017

LEANNE MUIR

CROK-I-CURL??
What is Crokicurl? Co-inventors Liz
Wreford and I think of it as Landscape
Architecture camouflaged as a sport
and packaged to appeal to athletes and
enthusiasts, the competitive and the
curious, the young and the old. The game,
which combines the sport of curling
with crokinole, was first introduced
last winter at The Forks, the unofficial
centre of Winnipeg's winter. The playing
surface is simple to construct (similar to
a backyard hockey rink), and iconic in its
form, combining the red and blue painted
rings of a curling sheet with the octagonal
shape of a crokinole board. The 15-metre
diameter pebbled ice surface is big enough
for effective gameplay, and small enough
to allow players to socialize around the ice.
THE PLAY
Teams of one or two slide junior outdoor
curling rocks, which are slightly smaller
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and lighter weight than regulation curling
rocks, from opposite edges of the ice
surface, so they remain within the highest
scoring circles at the end of the round.
(As in regular curling, they aim to knock
opponent rocks out of play.) Steel bollards
wrapped in rubber encircle a recessed
centre button making the coveted
20-point shot difficult to achieve. The
game is free to play and accessed on a
first-come, first-served basis.
Crokicurl requires no previous skill and
no personal equipment. It levels the
playing field for winter sports, allowing
people who avoid winter activities
to participate in a new and distinctly
Canadian experience.
Early conceptual versions of Crokicurl
included a much larger rink on the frozen
Assiniboine River, with a diameter similar
to the length of a curling sheet, full-size
rocks and curling brooms. But bringing it
up to the plaza at the Forks Market and
decreasing its size, meant the season
could extend beyond the timeframe of
frozen river access.
During its short inaugural season,
visitors to The Forks played Crokicurl
day and night. It captured the interest
of the media, and word of the new
sport travelled quickly. To keep up with
requests for information, we made plans
and rules downloadable from the Public

City Architecture website in exchange
for stories and photos of versions of
Crokicurl from across Canada. Winter
2017 saw Crokicurl rinks built in Winnipeg,
Edmonton, rural Saskatchewan, the Yukon
and Ontario. So far, 2018 is shaping up
to be an exciting follow-up season. For
landscape architects like me, Crokicurl
will continue to be viewed as a tool
for activating winter landscapes and
imaginations across the country.
leanne.muir@umanitoba.ca

STATION POINT PHOTOGRAPHIC

EN_ WINTER ON THE PRAIRIES can
be harsh, but for the past few seasons,
Winnipeggers have been running (and
skating) towards - rather than away from
- the snow and ice. Activities and events
are clustered around the junction of the
Red and Assiniboine Rivers. The Red River
Mutual Trail is the longest naturally frozen
skating trail in the world. The perennial
favourites, Festival de Voyageur and the
celebrated Warming Huts competition,
continue to attract more people each year.
RAW: Almond's pop-up restaurant on the
ice, which offers two-weeks of fine dining
in February, sells out its dinner tickets
in minutes. And in the winter of 2017,
Crokicurl made its debut as the newest
addition to the roster. 

PAUL PETERS

> FR_LP+
CROKICURLING



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Winter 2017

To Begin With
Une Dernière Salve
Collaborateurs
Writers
Upfront
Prologue
La Vague
Romance of the Stone
La Pierre Romancée
Numériser La Nature
Riding Technology’s Wild Interface
Flooding Fields
Conversation
Designing Invisible Landscapes
Stacking Up - the LA’s Toolkit: A Groundhog Plugin for Grasshopper
Grasshopper Gagne Un Plugiciel
Wood Works
Floating a New Idea for Water Stewardship
LACF
Bourses De La FACP
Critique
Parting Shot
Une Dernière Salve
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Writers
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - La Vague
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - La Pierre Romancée
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Riding Technology’s Wild Interface
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Flooding Fields
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Conversation
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Designing Invisible Landscapes
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Grasshopper Gagne Un Plugiciel
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Wood Works
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Floating a New Idea for Water Stewardship
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Landscapes - Winter 2017 - Bourses De La FACP
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