Montreal Urban Design Competition open to all Canadian multidisciplinary design teams

The Borough of Côte-des-Neiges – Notre-Dame-de-Grâce is holding an urban design competition to develop the area surrounding public roads in the heart of the Namur – Jean-Talon West sector, delimited for the purposes of the competition by De La Savane Street to the north, Mountain Sights Avenue to the west, the Canadian Pacific Railway to the south and Victoria Avenue to the east.

This competition is open to multidisciplinary design teams Canada-wide, and strives to transform some of the area’s road corridors into quality public spaces for community use, give greater prominence to pedestrians, encourage everyone to make the new spaces their own, and make a positive contribution to the district’s new identity. The project is inspired by the principles of transit-oriented development (TOD) and aims to leverage the proximity of two metro stations, an advantageous geographical location within the city, as well as the excellent potential for densification in the area. The competition will be held in 2 stages:

Stage 1 – Proposals: the jury will be asked to shortlist four (4) finalists at the end of the first stage, during which registered applicants will have submitted proposals anonymously. Stage 2 – Submissions: the finalists will then be invited to prepare a project presentation, with compensation of $30,000 (including expenses and before taxes), leading to the selection of a winner.

The seven-person jury comprises:

* Ken Greenberg, chair of the jury, architect and urban designer at Greenberg Consultants Inc. (Toronto)

* Martin Brière, architect at Brière, Gilbert + associés (Montreal)

* Daniel Lafond, Directeur de l’aménagement urbain et des services aux entreprises, Borough of Côte-des-Neiges – Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (Montreal)

* Gérald Lajeunesse, former Chief Landscape Architect, National Capital Commission (Ottawa)

* Brian Smith, employment consultant and supervisor of the Minorités visibles project, Carrefour jeunesse-emploi de Côte-des-Neiges (Montreal)

* Annie Tardivon, landscape architect at DPLG, In Situ Paysagistes (Lyon, France)

* Geneviève Vachon, architect and full professor of urban design, École d’architecture de l’Université Laval (Québec) The completed registration form must be sent by e-mail no later than 4:00pm on Friday, May 27, 2011.

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