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Sudbury2050 Urban Design Winners Announced

The McEwen School of Architecture has announced the winners of the Sudbury2050 Urban Design Ideas Competition. 100 design concepts for the future of the community were received from creative teams representing over 20 countries.

According to the school, “the designs varied widely in their approach and their design solutions. All of them represented creative and often provocative thinking about our City of Greater Sudbury and its future. Each presented a different story about our community. Rarely does a community get the opportunity to be the focus of an international design competition.”

The competition‘s jury developed a shortlist of the top five entries in the Student Category and the top eight entries in the Open Category. All the shortlisted teams made public presentations online, on November 23 and 24, 2020. Following these presentations, the competition’s jury made its final selections. The public was also invited to vote for their favourite entry, and over 2,000 votes were cast online.

The Winners:

OPEN CATEGORY – $50,000 CAD

Sève
Team #0322
Canada
Collectif Escargo: Karyna St-Pierre, Julie Parenteau, Émilie Labrousse, Pierre-Yves Diehl

“An elegant and sophisticated handling of a revitalized city, deftly imagined at an urban scale that heightens community within Sudbury. At all levels, from regional connections to fine urban grain, the scheme shows the promise of revitalized laneways, and suave connections between timber frame commercial spaces and innovative, rewilded commons or public spaces. The team integrates nature, culture and heritage seamlessly, as envisioned by its Francophone team of designers…”

– Lisa Rochon, Competition Jury Member, award-winning journalist for the national Globe and Mail newspaper, architecture critic and author, and founder of CityLab in Toronto.

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Honourable Mentions – OPEN CATEGORY

The following two projects received an honourable mention by the jury:

Ma-sh-ki-ki-ke: A story of healing, pour nous et pour la terre
Team #8341
Canada
Emilio Portal, Matthew Hunter, Jayden Daoust, Elyse Portal, William Morin, Miranda Virtanen, Naomi Grant, Cora-Rae Silk, Camille Tremblay Beaulieu, Simon Blakeley, Rebecca Elphick, Megan Tran

“An inspiring and impressive design vision that upends conventional urban planning to prioritize, at long last, an Indigenous-led authorship and engagement of a broad grassroots community. The healing centre, set within a dynamic bridge structure over the water and grass lands surrounding an Indigenous pavilion, sets a new benchmark for Sudbury placemaking.”

– Lisa Rochon, Competition Jury Member, award-winning journalist for the national Globe and Mail newspaper, architecture critic and author, and founder of CityLab in Toronto.

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Northern Traction
Team #3802
Canada
Zain Karsan, Natalie Bellefleur

“Effortless and engaging public interface by way of a compelling and accessible video and purpose-designed app. Step by step, one phase at a time, the design presents a sublime logic for a meaningful reinvention of Sudbury.”

– Lisa Rochon, Competition Jury Member, award-winning journalist for the national Globe and Mail newspaper, architecture critic and author, and founder of CityLab in Toronto.

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STUDENT CATEGORY – $10,000 CAD

Re-Stitched
Team #5213
Canada
Aidan Lucas, Maeve Macdonald

Re-stitched tugs at the loose threads of where we’ve been and enables us to imagine where we can go. This submission embraces who and what we are and then re-stitches the pieces to create a new tapestry that re-imagines an urban core as a destination for everyone.”

– Deb McIntosh, Competition Jury Member, Councillor City of Greater Sudbury

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Honourable Mentions – STUDENT CATEGORY


Collective City

Team #0351
Canada
Jesse Martyn

“The city center is reimagined as a network of different systems connected with downtown magnets or hubs developed according to the principles of ecological urbanism. Development focusses on re-greening the community and creating productive landscapes as well as new closed loop sustainable research and production facilities.  A new market zone is enhanced by preserving the character and sense of place provided by existing railway buildings to honor the past and provide an aspirational future.”

– Victor Kolynchuk, Competition Juror and principal, Architecture49

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Urban Constellation: Sudbury, a dreaming city
Constellation urbaine : Sudbury, rêver la ville
Team #1478
France
Gaël Biache, Elise Dalmasso

“Urban Constellation inspires us to look at the bigger picture with a nightly reminder of the bigger world out there. Revealing the night sky within the urban core would nightly connect people to the natural environment and create a mind shift in thinking that could help lead us toward our community’s goal to reach Net Zero by 2050.”

– Deb McIntosh, Competition Jury Member and Councillor, City of Greater Sudbury

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PEOPLES CHOICE – $3,000 CAD

Awarded after the finalists were posted and the public had the opportunity to view them and vote.

Bold & Beautiful
Team #4245
Singapore
Bryan Jian Hao Goh, Charmaine Chua Wei Ying, Chun Ho Christopher Wong, Nabhatsorn Na Thalang, Rachel Yi En Chiam, and Tessa Hui Zhi Tan

“This fact-based solution translates an analysis of demographics and trends into clear objectives.  Demonstrated examples support practical, real world measures and solutions for different age groups to make a livable and sustainable city.”

– Victor Kolynchuk, Competition Juror and principal, Architecture49

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