Reinventing Montréal - Winner announced
Last week, Valérie Plante, Mayor of Montréal, along with Benoit Dorais, Chair of the Executive Committee, also responsible for Finance, Human Resources, Legal Affairs, Municipal Evaluations and Real Estate Planning and Management, announced the winning project in the Reinventing Montréal competition.
The project, Demain Montréal, will transform the former De la Commune service yard, in the borough of Ville-Marie, into an innovative community that will re-energize the district and contribute to the fight against climate change.
Of the 15 projects originally submitted, four were shortlisted in September 2018 and the submitting teams were invited to put forward a detailed proposal for a zero-carbon project addressing the 10 challenges outlined in the call for projects. On June 19, 2019, three finalist teams presented their proposals in front of the jury and an audience of approximately 300. Following deliberations, the jury selected Demain Montréal as the winning project.
Demain Montréal was designed by a team comprising construction company Pomerleau, architecture firms ACDF* Architecture, Gensler architecture & Design Canada, and L’OEUF. It calls for an inclusive site that will respond to people’s needs by delivering services founded on circular-economy principles, amplified by smart technologies.
For more information: C40reinventingcities.org
The jury members were:
- Nathalie Bleau, Coordinator, Built Environment, Ouranos Consortium on Regional Climatology and Adaptation to Climate Change, Montréal
- Hélène Chartier, Senior Advisor and Reinventing Cities Project Manager, New York
- Carmela Cucuzzella, Associate Professor, Design and Computational Arts, Concordia University Research Chair in Integrated Design Ecology and Sustainability (IDEAS) for the Built Environment, Montréal
- Ronald Gagnon, Project Manager and Co-President, Concept-R Inc., Sorel-Tracy
- Lina Ghotmeh, Humanist Architect, Lina Ghotmeh – Architecture, Paris
- Owen Rose, Architect and Partner, Rose Architecture, Montréal, and Jury President
- Peter Soland, Architect, Urban Designer and Partner, Civiliti, Montréal
The three shortlisted teams were:
Team representative: RACHEL JULIEN
Architect(s): WHITE ARKITEKTER AB / LE COLLECTIF D’ARCHITECTES FIGURR
Environmental expert: ARUP CANADA INC.
LE GRAND COLLISIONNEUR
Team representative: GROUPE MONTONI
Architect(s): SID LEE ARCHITECTURE
Environmental expert: VERTIMA
The shortlisted teams were mandated to revamp the De la Commune service yard by devising an ecological project addressing specific environmental challenges. The 9,910 m2 site is located in the Cité du multimédia, in Ville-Marie borough. It provides an exceptional opportunity to undertake an open program, with the option to develop a mix of residential, commercial and industrial uses, as well as community and institutional facilities, in accordance with zoning by-laws. The winning project team will be able to purchase the land to develop the submitted project.
About Reinventing Cities
The Reinventing Cities competition is a call for urban projects issued by C40 Cities to drive carbon-neutral and resilient urban regeneration across the globe and to implement the most innovative ideas to transform underutilized sites into beacons of sustainability and resiliency.
To learn more about C40 Reinventing Cities, go here.