2011 Ottawa Urban Design Awards call for submissions

The 2011 Ottawa Urban Design Awards celebrate projects built in the city of Ottawa that exhibit urban design excellence. The biannual awards program honour exceptional projects built in Ottawa between September 1, 2009 and September 1, 2011. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 4:00pm.

The awards ceremony will be held on the evening of Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at the new Ottawa Convention Centre.

Good urban design is how buildings, landscapes and adjacent public spaces function together to enhance the public realm. It includes the art of placemaking and designing the built environment to be appreciated and enjoyed at the human scale.

The author of the winning submission of each category will receive an Award of Excellence, which acknowledges a project that achieves urban design excellence and meets the judging criteria. Other entries in each category will be eligible to win an Award of Merit. An important distinction between the two awards is that the winners of the Awards of Excellence will be forwarded to compete nationally in the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s 2012 Urban Design Awards Program as a representative of the city of Ottawa.

Winning projects will: demonstrate clear urban design intent and merit; demonstrate a positive contribution to the public realm / quality of place; demonstrate design and architectural excellence; contribute to the wider appreciation of urban design; achieve a human scale relationship with the immediate context; contribute in a substantive way to the city’s environmental and ecological health; be important to pedestrian and liveability issues; be innovative and trendsetting; and be open to transformation over time in a positive way.

Submission entry forms and program guidelines are available on the City of Ottawa’s website at www.ottawa.ca/residents/planning/design_awards/index_en.html.