The YUL-MTL : Moving landscapes international ideas competition on the Autoroute 20 gateway corridor linking the Montreal-Trudeau Airport to downtown Montreal recently announced three equal winners. The competition, hosted by the Chair in Landscape and Environmental Design at the University of Montreal (CPEUM), aimed to develop strategic visions for the development of the 17 km corridor mainly composed of transport infrastructures, residential and industrials areas and brownfields in dire need of revitalization.
The three winning proposals selected by the jury stood out by their ability to integrate all of the planning issues involved in a territory project, such as those related with the quality of transport infrastructures, living and working environments and natural areas.
Three equal prizes of $33,000 were awarded to these contestants:
- Brown and Storey Architects (Toronto, Canada), for their development of a strategy based on the densification of neighborhoods;
- dlandstudio with Trollbäck + Company (Brooklyn, USA), for their contextualization of Montreal’s transport infrastructure problems into the North American context and for the proposed concepts to reduce the effects of barriers between neighborhoods;
- Gilles Hanicot (Montreal, Canada), for their proposal based on the uses of renewable energy structures to build new landmarks in the corridor and for the development of the mixed-use urban development program.
The jury also honored 11 more projects with honorable mentions. All winning proposals and honorable mentions of the ideas competition will generate an “Atlas of possibilities” to feed the discussion of the working group which already defined the design orientations of the competition which were 1) an evolving and emblematic landscape project for the metropolitan area; 2) a scenographic composition of the corridor experiences; and 3) a collaborative approach to sustainable urban development.
Chaired by the French architect and urban planner Édouard François, the international jury members of the ideas competition were 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; and Jacques Verville, representative of the ministère des Transports du Québec.
Here are the plans of the three winning proposals:
Brown + Storey Architects Inc.
Authors: James Brown, Kim Storey, Stephen King, Richard Averill, Matthew Unternahrer, John Duchene, Emma Brown
dlandstudio with Trollbäck + Company
Brooklyn, United States
Authors: Susannah Drake, Forbes Lipschitz, Jakob Trollback, Rachelle Madden, Erica Hirshfeld, Peter Alfano
Gilles Hanicot, Architecture de Paysage
Author: Gilles Hanicot
All images courtesy of CPEUM and Bureau du design de la Ville de Montréal.
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