July 29, 2015
by Canadian Architect
This year, the City of Ottawa will host the sixth edition of the Urban Design Awards, which celebrate projects built in the city of Ottawa that exhibit urban design excellence. Good urban design is how buildings, landscapes and adjacent public spaces function together to enhance the public realm. It includes the art of place making and designing the built environment to be appreciated and enjoyed at the human scale. This is not an architecture award.
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 by the City to compete nationally in the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s 2016 Urban Design Awards Program as 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; be open to transformation over time in a positive way
The awards will be presented in five categories: Urban Infill; Public Places and Civic Spaces; Urban Elements; Student Projects; and Visions and Master Plans. Projects built between September 1, 2013 and September 1, 2015 will be eligible. Submissions must be delivered by 4:00pm on Thursday, August 6, 2015 to:
2015 Ottawa Urban Design Awards
Planning and Growth Management Department
110 Laurier Avenue West, 4th floor reception area
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
Attention: Amy Falkner
Telephone: 613.580.2424 x27913
The awards will be presented on the evening of Wednesday, September 30, 2015.
For full details and the submission form, please visit http://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/planning-and-development/whats-happening-your-neighbourhood/2015-ottawa-urban-design
rideau canal skateway chalets by the national capital commission: winner of a 2013 ottawa urban design award