YUL-MTL: Moving Landscapes International Ideas Competition

Sponsor: Ministère des Transports du Québec
Type: Open, international, ideas
Location: Montreal, Canada
Language: French, English
Fee: Free
Eligibility: To be eligible, each contestant must designate a professional representative (architect, landscape architect, urban designer, urban planner). The representative will act as an official contact and coordinator for the duration of the competition.
Contestants are encouraged to establish multidisciplinary partnerships with other professionals such as engineers, transport and mobility consultants, environmental specialists, visual artists, set designers, graphic designers.
August 26, 2011 – Registration deadline
October 7, 2011 – Submissions deadline
October 27-28, 2011 – Jury deliberation
October 28, 2011 – Results announced
November 21-22, 2011 – Laureate Presentation in Montreal

A total of $100,000 CAN will be awarded to and shared between 3 laureates.

Pierre Bélanger – associate professor in landscape architecture, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Cambridge
Ken Greenberg – architect and urban designer, Greenberg consultants inc., Toronto
Florence Junca-Adenot – founder of the Forum Urba 2015, Université du Québec à Montréal
Anick La Bissonnière – architect and scenic designer,  Atelier Labi, Montréal
Maroun Shaneen – representative of the ministère des Transports du Québec
Design Challenge:
The Chair in Landscape and Environmental Design at University of Montreal (CPEUM) is launching an international urban design ideas competition for the gateway corridor linking Montreal-Trudeau International Airport (YUL) to its downtown area (MTL) along Autoroute 20. The 17 km gateway corridor, which is mostly made up of transport infrastructures and brownfields, is witnessing a large number of development infrastructural projects, thus offering considerable urban innovation potential.
The International Ideas Competition wants to seize this re-qualification opportunity to propose planning options to structure a coherent vision aiming at creating an expressive gateway based on Montreal’s identity as a UNESCO City of Design, a designation of which Montreal is celebrating the 5th anniversary in 2011.
Submission Requirements:

The ideas competition covers the entire city gateway corridor and submitted
proposals should explore the territory as a whole. The graphic expression of the
proposal should convey the way in which contestants respond to the main
intervention principles included in the vision, i.e.:

  • An evolving and emblematic landscape project for the metropolitan area;
  • A scenographic composition of the corridor experiences ;
  • A collaborative approach for sustainable urban development.

The proposals must be presented with the aid of:

  • 2 presentation panels in A0 format;
  • 1 video, not to exceed 2 minutes;
  • 1 text, not to exceed 500 words.