Sudbury 2050: Urban Design Competition


Create a 2020 Vision for Sudbury’s Urban Core in 2050

Sponsor: McEwen School of Architecture (MSoA) 
in collaboration with the community

Type: International, open, ideas

Fee: none

Language: English

Location: Sudbury, Ontario

Eligibility: (1) Design professionals and (2) students registered in a full-time program

28 August 2020 – Submissions due


Professionals – 50,000 CAD (total)

Students –10,000 CAD (total)

People’s Choice – 3,000 CAD

Jury: TbD

Participants are asked to treat this competitions as if it were for a real project:

“Entrants are being asked to present their ideas for high level design solutions for the urban core, reflecting the major building projects being proposed. At the same time, entrants are challenged to propose the broader context in which the urban core resides – the proximity of Lake Ramsey and its adjacent parks, the connections to greenways and watercourses as well as the relationship to surrounding neighbourhoods.”

Design Challenge:
 The goal of this Urban Design Ideas Competition is to explore a wide range of options and opportunities for the evolution of the city’s urban core and to ultimately set out urban design principles, that will guide its future development.
Proposed projects for the urban core— $300 million
The City is in an unprecedented position of having an impressive roster of new building projects being proposed for the urban core: a relocated main Library, a relocated Art Gallery, a new Convention/Performance Centre, associated hotel and parking structures, as well as major residential developments.
Additional to those projects, a new Arena/Event Centre is presently proposed for a location outside of the urban core; however, there have been several appeals related to that decision. In the context of this Ideas Competition, entries should reflect the potential for that project to be located in the urban core.
Each of these projects prompts complex questions related to urban infrastructure, design and architecture.
The development of the proposed projects will potentially vacate buildings, such as the existing Main Library and the existing Community Arena.
How can these existing buildings be adapted and regenerated, for the benefit of the community, as an overall strategy for repurposing buildings?

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