NCC invites student design ideas in Capital Riverfront Challenge

The National Capital Commission (NCC) has launched its 2019 Capital Riverfront Challenge, inviting Canadian university students from across the country to come up with ideas for key riverfront parcels in Canada’s Capital Region. The competition is organized by the NCC, the federal Crown corporation dedicated to ensuring that Canada’s Capital is a dynamic and inspiring source of pride for all Canadians, and a legacy for generations to come.NCC, Capital Riverfront Challenge

The Capital Region stretches across the Ottawa River to include lands in both Ontario and Quebec. The NCC is the largest landowner in the Capital Region, with significant landholdings along both the north and the south shores of the river. During 2018, the NCC completed long-range plans to develop a future vision for these important riverfront lands:

  • Ottawa River North Shore Parklands Plan: Approved April 2018
  • Ottawa River South Shore Riverfront Plan : Approved June 2018

With this groundwork laid, it is a great time to encourage new ideas that could help play a role in enhancing the riverfront of Canada’s Capital.

The NCC is challenging students to propose ideas that create vibrant, animated, inspiring and accessible public spaces along the Ottawa River shoreline. Participants are asked to focus their ideas on one of two riverfront sites:

  • SITE 1: Jacques-Cartier Park South (Ottawa River north shore) OR
  • SITE 2: Parkdale Node (Ottawa River south shore)

An interdisciplinary jury of planning and design professionals will review the submissions, and decide on the competition winners. A winning submission will provide bold design solutions that consider the following:

  • site context
  • environmental and ecological features
  • public access
  • four-season use
  • recreational opportunities
  • current master plans and policies.

The last day for registration to the Capital Riverfront Challenge is February 15, and all submissions are due by March 31.


More information about the NCC’s Capital Riverfront Challenge — including full submissions and eligibility guidelines — is now available via this link.

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