In the spring of 2020 and the months that followed, the COVID-19 pandemic prompted cities to revisit planning and occupancy of public spaces as well as the role of retail spaces and local service providers on the neighbourhood scale. This demanded creative and innovative solutions to address the public-health restrictions implemented. Many Ville de Montréal boroughs and departments looked to temporary and/or transitional strategies to fulfil residents’ needs, including pedestrianization of commercial streets, implementation of public urban terrasse spaces, and design of other systems to make those spaces more walkable and enliven them.
Again this year, the capacity to frame friendly, attractive and safe living spaces across the entire city is a key challenge for ensuring our public health as well as our social, economic and cultural vitality. The next few months will see many projects implemented to reshape public spaces for the coming summer season. The Ville de Montréal is facilitating participation by designers and multidisciplinary teams in these projects, with a view to planning and implementing sustainable, innovative and high-quality actions on sites.
The pool of multidisciplinary design teams established at the conclusion of this request for qualification will be made available to the boroughs and departments as well as selected partners of the Ville de Montréal so that they can receive support and guidance in designing and implementing such projects. Depending on the project, contracts awarded may cover provision of professional services (design) or turnkey services (design-build).
This request is part of the Ville de Montréal’s fulfilment of the commitments it made in adopting the Montréal 2030 Agenda for Quality and Exemplarity in Design and Architecture, namely, to draw on the creativity and innovative strength of Montréal-based designers and architects, make them allies in ensuring the quality and resilience of our living environments, and help them contribute to the economic recovery of Montréal, a UNESCO City of Design.