The Montréal Olympic Park launches international idea competition to reuse components of Olympic Stadium roof

Registration is due by May 31 to enter this challenge, which aims to take bold collective action towards circular architecture.

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The Montréal Olympic Park is launching an international idea competition to reuse and valorize the components of the roof of the Olympic Stadium, an architectural icon for Quebec and Canada.

Student and professionals from the international design and architecture communities are invited to propose spaces, objects, and processes that reuse the materials of the Olympic Stadium’s roof.

The competition is open to the international community and aims to gather suggestions for environmental, economic, and societal improvements. Quebec residents will then be asked to vote for their favourite among the eight ideas selected by a jury of experts.

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This initiative is part of a broader approach to sustainable development and circular economy, to which the design of an artistic course made from roofing materials could be added. As a result, these actions will provide a new purpose for the Olympic Stadium’s roof as well as benefit the people of Quebec.

The proposals sought must aim at resilience and adaptation to climate change, which represents a challenge of real Olympic proportions. Proposals must also target specific outcomes that have the potential to improve residents’ living conditions upon deployment by addressing neighborhood issues.

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Proposals intended for, but not limited to, the following are expected. They include to strengthen the social and community fabric, create cool zones, develop all-season socializing spaces, promote soft and active mobility, encourage urban agriculture, establish contact with the surrounding neighborhoods and foster a connection between residents and the river.

“What can be done with hundreds of tons of materials when the current roof of the Montréal Olympic Stadium is dismantled? Will we be able to take up the challenge of this Olympic roof reuse, while being part of a circular architecture approach, thus enhancing the quality of life of citizens impacted by climate change?” reads The Olympic Roof Reuse’s website.

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The deadline to register is May 31, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. EST. The proposal submission deadline is June 11, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

For more information about submissions, click here.