Spacing Toronto is usually pretty respectable. They’ve just announced a new urban design ideas competition. Lets not get in to the whole debate about weather competitions are appropriate or beneficial for good design. Lets look closer at the intent and the rules. They seem to want new, exciting ideas which can rejuvinate Toronto and improve it’s urban condition. Thats all good stuff. They invite Architect, Urban Planners, et cetera to participate. Then they add in big bold letters that they will only accept ideas from those under the age of thirty-five. How many urban planners do you know under forty years of age? A good idea is a good idea, regardless of who it comes from. They claim to have picked this age restriction to showcase the ideas of the next generation but it seems very counterproductive and against the proclaimed spirit of the competition to start with. Its a shame too as Spacing used to have some degree of integrity. Considering they have jurors over 35, it makes one wonder what the whole point of this exercise is. Its clearly not that they distrust anyone over 35.