Montreal competition invites designers to conceive of mobile urban furniture

The Mayor of Montréal, Gérald Tremblay, has announced the launch of a design competition as part of Building Montréal, UNESCO City of Design, to create mobile urban furniture, such as anchoring, support, signage and crowd-control systems, to be used at festivals in the new Quartier des spectacles.


The furniture currently used at festivals is not terribly refined – often nothing more than variously sized concrete blocks. There is concern that these elements may cause permanent damage to the outdoor sites where cultural events are held, and especially at the new Quartier des spectacles, where a significant investment has been made. At the competition end, the City of Montréal expects to order some 950 anchoring, support and crowd-control systems in the first year alone.


The competition will be held in two phases. In the first non-compensated, pre-selection phase,

designers will be invited to submit a portfolio which will be examined and assessed by a jury. Five

contestants will be chosen and invited to take part in the second phase of the competition. The five contestants who reach the second phase will be asked to develop an original concept. At the end of this compensated phase, the jury will examine the proposals and choose a winner whose concept will be developed and produced by a manufacturer to be chosen through open tendering. This manufacturer will then hire and work with the winner to further develop the furniture.


The jury is comprised of Ruedi Baur, designer, Intégral Ruedi Baur; Radu Buruiana, consulting engineer; Renée Daoust, architect and urban designer, partner, Daoust Lestage Architecture & Design urbain; Mario Gagnon, industrial designer, president of both Alto Design and the Association des designers industriels du Québec; Tatjana Leblanc, industrial designer, associate director, GRAD (Groupe de recherche en aménagement et design) and professor, École de design industriel de l’Université de Montréal; Alain Petel, commissioner, culture, Bureau des festivals et des événements culturels, Ville de Montréal; Pierre Raymond, site director, Les Productions Raymond inc.; Michael Santella, industrial designer, professor of industrial design, Dawson College (DIBIS); and Garry Savage, industrial designer, director, Centre de recherche et d’innovation en performance, Cirque du Soleil.


Registration is mandatory. Every candidate must submit the form that is attached to the contest

rules, along with a $50 certified cheque. All forms and information is available at


Only those candidates who have picked up the documents at the Design Montréal office will be

considered. The deadline to submit candidate portfolios is June 25, 2009, at 12:00 noon. The Design Montréal office is located at 303 rue Notre-Dame Est, 6th floor, Montréal, Québec, H2Y 3Y8. Office hours are 8:30am to 12:00 noon and 1:00pm to 4:30pm.


Candidates may send their questions in writing by e-mail to the competition advisor, Véronique

Rioux, industrial designer, BDI ADIQ, at before June 17, 2009. The design competition is managed by Design Montréal (Ville de Montréal), on behalf of the Bureau

des festivals et des événements culturels (Ville de Montréal), in cooperation with the Quartier

international de Montréal and Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles.