Call for municipal projects 2010

June 13, 2010

The Building Montréal, UNESCO City of Design initiative is issuing a call for projects to representatives of boroughs, the Ville de Montréal’s central services, the Société de transports de Montréal, the Société du parc Jean-Drapeau, the SHDM and Stationnement Montréal, which are planning to implement, between now and 2011, an urban planning project that includes a design component (e.g.: architecture, graphic design, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture or urban design).

Examples of eligible products include construction, interior design or renovations to sports, cultural, community or public transit facilities; design of public sites; and installation of street furniture or public signage. Design workshops and ideas competitions are not eligible for funding.
Each selected project receives :

  • funding of up to $100,000 for the organization of a design competition ;
  • guidance from the Design Montréal team in running the competition as well as publicizing and promoting the outcomes;

and the overall project benefits from the scientific support of the UNESCO Chair in Landscape and Environmental Design of Université de Montréal.

The funding offered aims to cover a part of the cost of organizing a competition (professional fees paid to entrants, production of documents, publicizing of the results, etc.), while the guidance services will reduce the overall time required for the procedure (public call for entries, selection of competitors, development of proposals by the competitors, analysis of submissions and selection of the winner) to an average of two and a half months, enabling projects to be completed with no significant change to their planned schedules.

Selection criteria and procedure

A committee, made up of:

  • recognized outside experts in architecture, urban planning and design;
  • representatives of partners (the Ville de Montréal, government ministries, and the Conférence régionale des élus); and
  • members of the Rendez-vous 2007 Steering Committee

will select, among the eligible entries, projects that are deserving of a design competition, using the following criteria:

  • Added value for the Montréal urban projects selected provided by a contest; i.e., the difference in the value of the project with and without a competition;
  • The public interest of the project; i.e., the relative contribution of the project in a usage context;
  • The guarantees of project completion (expertise, budgets, regulations, risk);
  • Compliance of the submitted project with the objectives of Building Montréal, UNESCO City of Design; and
  • Implementation of the project or competition finished before December 2010 at the latest.

The selection process will also consider fair distribution of chosen projects:

  • by type (e.g., buildings, public sites, street furniture);
  • based on the disciplines that will be involved (urban, industrial and graphic design, architecture, landscape architecture, etc.);
  • according to geographical distribution within the territory of Montréal.

How to apply

Interested applicants must submit all necessary documents ahead of the deadline specified in the Call for Entries document (French only) - Addenda 2010 June (French only)

Either March 15, 2010, at noon, or August 9, 2010, at noon, to the following address:
Réalisons Montréal Ville UNESCO de design – Appel à projets
Bureau Design Montréal
Ville de Montréal
303, rue Notre-Dame est, 6e étage
Montréal (Québec) H2Y 3Y8

If you have any questions regarding this call for projects, please direct them by phone to 514 872-2759 or by e-mail to

The Building Montréal UNESCO City of Design project aims, between now and 2011, to stimulate opportunities for creation and highlight initiatives by the design industry that give vital and tangible expression to Montréal’s status as a UNESCO City of Design.

Building Montréal, UNESCO City of Design is an initiative of the Design Montréal Office of the Ville de Montréal and the UNESCO Chair in Landscape and Environmental Design of Université de Montréal. The $1.2-million project is being funded in equal parts by the Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine, the Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l’Occupation du territoire, the Conférence régionale des élus de Montréal and the Ville de Montréal.

Document d’appel de candidatures
Addenda juin 2010