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" Open hands at the future SANAAQ Center "
by , , published
Community centers are places where a community can meet and exchange ideas and practice recreational, cultural or social activities. The sense of attachment of various communities is built there. But designing spaces that promote diversity and inclusion remains a complex process. In response to criticism from Makivik, a representative organism of the Inuit of Nunavik, Peter McGill's center has been renamed the SANAAQ Centre, a term inspired by an Inuit book by author Mitiarjuk Nappaaluk from 1950, which refers to something made by hand. This concept of an open hand or a making hand is certainly what brings the goals of the competition closer to the future appropriations of the community center. The mayor of the city of Montreal, however, will be accused of cultural appropriation in a controversy revealing that the valorization of indigenous cultures announced in the program of the competition has not been realized as planned. [...] more
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Centre Culturel Notre-Dame-de-Grâce
Quebec, Montréal, 2010
The controversy and disagreements often surrounding design competitions almost make us forget that competitions are an opportunity to examine a particular problematic that affects environment, innovation and heritage issues in equal measure: the architectural judgment. While the competition process is surely the most democratic way to grant contracts, the judgment process and evaluation of the projects remain to this day puzzling and downright incomprehensible. In 2010, the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Cultural Centre (Montréal) competition organizers made the bold choice to open one phase of the judgment to the general public. [...] more
Solar Powered Bus Shelter + Interactive & Educational
Quebec, Montréal, 2016
Contrary to the famous aphorism by architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner who did not recognise the bicycle shelter as architecture, this competition was grounded on the conviction that a bus shelter can, and should be as architectural as a cathedral or even a museum. With this open and anonymously judged competition which received 26 proposals from Canada, USA, Brazil, France and Iran, the ideas had to be feasible since this augmented bus shelter will indeed be built by the not profit organisation CoLLaboratoire from Concordia University. [...] more
Agrandissement de la bibliothèque Saul-Bellow
Quebec, Montréal, 2011
The expansion of Saul-Bellow Library was subject to a design competition in 2011, the first of its kind to insist on an "integrated design process". Three years later, while Chevalier Morales' winning proposal is under construction, it is interesting to review the way the architects responded to the challenges presented by the use of this qualitative process that exploits vastly different means. [...] more
More commented competitions
An Elegant Modernism to the Rescue of an Obsolete Postmodernism
Transformation du Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal
by Jean-Pierre Chupin, published 2018-04-17
A new look to discover at Rouyn-Noranda
Agora des Arts
by Lucie Palombi, published 2018-11-28
What life after death? A competition to rebuild the church of Saint-Paul in Aylmer
Concours d'idées pour la reconstruction et la réutilisation de l'église Saint-Paul d'Aylmer
by Nicholas Roquet, published 2014-08-20
Selected announcements
PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art | PHI Contemporary | International Architecture Competition
Call for Candidature : between August 25th and October 14th, 2021
PHI is pleased to announce the launch of an international architectural competition for the design of PHI Contemporary - a 6,900 m2 / 74,000 ft2 cultural institution in Old Montreal, dedicated to exploring the contemporary through public engagement with art and culture. The competition is intended as an investment in creation, and aims to select, through the comparison of innovative concepts, the lead architect for the realization of PHI Contemporary on the basis of the quality of their design concept, design approach and multidisciplinary team. Located in Old Montreal, and built upon a site rife with history - comprising an assemblage of four historical buildings and an adjacent vacant lot - PHI Contemporary will consolidate the public cultural offer currently housed within PHI Foundation and PHI Centre. The project will house exhibition spaces, a network of new media galleries, mediation, research and studio spaces, and an expansive public domain. The project stands to become a critical catalyst in the area's development as well as the cultural landscape.
All Canadian Architect awards since 1968 on one map
April 26th, 2021
The Atlas of Research on Exemplarity in Architecture and the Built Environment, in collaboration with Canadian Architect magazine, presents all the projects, buildings and places awarded since 1968 on a single interactive map and in a visual gallery of over 500 items. A new classification system by typological categories allows for more precise queries in the database. A table of "unlocated items" collects cases that cannot appear on the map because they are private residences or unbuilt award-winning projects by students. This corpus was compiled in coordination with Elsa Lam, chief editor of Canadian Architect magazine, and the data was collected by the team of M.Arch. students led by Lucas Ouellet at the Université de Montréal: Charles Cauchon and Anna Zakharova. The realization of this map and the entry of data in the AREA system is funded by the Canada Research Chair in Architecture, Competitions and Mediations of Excellence directed by Jean-Pierre Chupin (https://crc.umontreal.ca/en/ ), as well as by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
Waterfront ReConnect Design Competition
Registration for the information session : July 27th, 2021 Submission Deadline : August 13th, 2021
In collaboration with the City of Toronto, the Waterfront Business Improvement Area, and the Toronto Downtown West Business Improvement Area, The Bentway is seeking Expression of Interest (EOI) submissions from professional artists and/or designers interested in participating in The Waterfront ReConnect Design Competition. Designed for a car-centric era, Toronto's Gardiner Expressway has long served as a street-level barrier between the City's core and a blossoming waterfront. As the city recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are asking what if this obstacle could be reimagined as a vital point of connection? This presents an exciting opportunity to build upon the larger waterfront revitalization effort and Gardiner rehabilitation project. Furthermore, it is an opportunity to develop an inclusive process, involving multiple public and private stakeholders, and demonstrate the potential of the Under Gardiner to become an integral part of the larger public realm.
First illustrated map of all award-winning buildings and projects in 2020
In March 2021, after releasing the first Historical Repertory of Canadian Awards in all areas of the built environment, comprising an interactive database listing 2921 award-winning entries since the early 1990s, the Canada Research Chair in Architecture, Competitions and Mediations of Excellence (CRC-ACME) and the AREA-BE Network unveil the first illustrated Reference Map listing more than 190 awarded entries of 2020. From the thumbnails on the map or in the visual gallery, it is possible to reach the sites of all professional offices and awarding organizations across Canada. These reference tools work on all platforms and formats. We have also installed the Joint Calendar of Canadian Awards on a new site and simplify its use.
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