Montreal, Canada, 2013-11-26 -
With the first stage of the Plage de l’Est design competition complete, the Borough of Rivière-des-PrairiesPointe-aux-Trembles, jointly with the Ville de Montréal’s Bureau du design, is pleased to announce the names of the five finalist firms chosen by the preselection committee made up of urban development experts and citizens.
The competition is for the project to develop a beach on the shore of the St. Lawrence River and promote citizen reappropriation of the waterfront. The committee studied 36 rough-sketch concepts, which were submitted anonymously. The assessment criteria that allowed the finalist projects to stand out included innovation, suggested materials and forms, landscaping, environmental considerations, integration of the project with its surroundings, and accessibility.
The finalist firms, in alphabetical order, are:
• ARCHITECTURE MICROCLIMAT • ATELIER BARDA • THE COMMONS INC. • GROUPE ROUSSEAU LEFEBVRE • RUCCOLO + FAUBERT ARCHITECTES INC. & NI CONCEPTION, ARCHITECTURE DE PAYSAGE
The preselection committee also awarded special mention to the firm Rayside Labossière architectes.
The preselection committee The committee, supervised by the competition’s professional advisor, architect Philippe Drolet, was made up of five professionals and five borough citizens:
• Stéphan Chevalier, Architect, Chevalier Morales Architectes, Committee Chair; • Michelle Simon, citizen, Co-Chair; • Lise Chandonnet, Development Consultant, Borough of Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles; • Pascale Léger, Landscape Architect and Section Manager, Borough of Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles; • Marie-Claude Robert, Landscape Architect and General Manager, Association des architectes paysagistes du Québec; • Chantal Prud’homme, Landscape Architect, Chantal Prud’homme architecte paysagiste; • Sylvie Bibeau, citizen; • Suzanne Bernard, citizen; • Huguette St-Germain, citizen; and • Louise Raymond, citizen.
Public presentations The five finalist firms now go back to their drawing boards to develop their final project concepts, which they will present to the jury on Tuesday, December 10,at the Maison de la culture Pointe-aux-Trembles, 14001 Notre-Dame St. East. Citizens are invited to attend the presentations. Full details about this event and instructions on how to register will be posted on the borough website (ville.montreal.qc.ca/rdp-pat) in the weeks to come.
The project Located in the Pointe-aux-Trembles neighbourhood, along 94e Avenue at the intersection of Bellerive Street, the Plage de l’Est project calls for repurposing of a vacant site on the shoreline of the St. Lawrence River and citizen reappropriation of the waterfront. The project is among the priority actions listed in the Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles Borough’s Plan bleu vert.
The Plage de l’Est design competition has received financial support of $100,000 along with assistance from the Bureau du design, facilitated by the Secrétariat à la région métropolitaine as part of implementation of the Entente Montréal 2025.
The aim of the initiative is to promote excellence in design and architecture and contribute to asserting Montréal’s status as a UNESCO City of Design. For more information about the competition, mtlunescodesign.com.
A video of the launch of the competition is available on the Bureau du design’s YouTube channel at youtube.com/designmtl.