Montreal, Canada, 2013-12-11 -
Montréal shone brightly at the recent Prix Shenzhen de la relève en design, created to reward the talents of designers aged 35 or under who work in member cities of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. The interactive installation 21 balançoires (21 Swings), created by Mouna Andraos and Melissa Mongiat of Daily tous les jours, beat out 150 submissions from 16 cities for the US$30,000 Grand Prize. The project Eau de source urbaine by the collectif Bornéo won a US$5,000 Merit Prize. The official awards ceremony will be held in Shenzhen, China, in February 2014.
In addition, Montréal earned a prize—in a tie with Berlin, Germany, and Saint-Étienne, France—as the city with the highest number of winners and/or having provided the most support and co-operation to the City of Shenzhen in organizing the competition.
“Montréal is a true creative laboratory, a crucible for the arts that is bubbling with originality, intelligence, audacity and innovation,” said the Mayor of Montréal, Denis Coderre, adding: “Our administration plays a most active role in the emergence of new talents and in supporting the next generation of design professionals. This distinction is yet more proof that Montréal is a city of designers, and that our homegrown talents help bolster the city’s international profile.”
For his part, Jacques Primeau, Chairman of the Board of the Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles, added: “The 21 Swings were originally created to help the public get to know the newly inaugurated Promenade des Artistes, and have succeeded beyond our expectations. Every spring for nearly four years now, they have not only been eagerly awaited by Montrealers; they have also become bona fide icons of the Quartier des spectacles, both here at home and abroad. Bravo and thank you to Melissa Mongiat and Mouna Andraos for their creation, which paved the way for the many interactive installations in the Quartier that blend art and technology.”
Ms. Andraos, co-founder of Daily tous les jours, stated: “Melissa and I are truly honoured to receive this prestigious prize. It rewards our efforts as well as those of our entire team, and encourages us to continue with the international adventure of the work 21 Swings.” She added: “Credit must also go to the city of Montréal, which is such an extraordinary laboratory for these kinds of projects. We thank our partner, the Quartier des spectacles, for giving us the opportunity to bring the 21 Swings to life, and the people of Montréal for so enthusiastically ‘climbing on board’ them. We are also extremely grateful to the Bureau du design, which through the Phyllis Lambert Design Montréal Grant played a vital role in the founding of our studio, Daily tous les jours.”
Design serving quality of life Under the theme Recovery: The Power of Design, the Shenzhen Design Awards competition aims to reward the efforts of young designers who, through their creativity, have contributed to improving environmental quality as well as social and economic development—more specifically, making cities more liveable. As a UNESCO City of Design, Montréal collaborated in the Awards selection process through its Bureau du design.
In the first stage of the competition, a local jury made up of design experts selected five projects by Montréal designers in the “Student” and “Professional” categories.
The jury comprised the following members:
– Mickaël Carlier, President, Novae; – Chantal Ladrie, Interior Designer, Lemay; – Juliette Patterson, Partner Architect and Landscape Architect, Catalyse Urbaine; – Louis-Philippe Pratte, President and Founder, À Hauteur d'homme; and – Ron Rayside, Architect and Senior Partner, Rayside Labossière.
The five Montréal projects selected at the close of the first stage were as follows:
Territoire improbable – L’ouest industriel de Sherbrooke (“Unlikely territory – Sherbrooke’s industrial west”) Fanny B. Perras, landscape architect, master’s student in Planning, Université de Montréal – Valériane Noël, landscape architect – Sandrine Perreault, landscape architect
Eau de source urbaine (“Urban spring water”) Collectif Bornéo, supported by the Association des designers industriels du Québec Thomas-Éric Béliveau – Antoine Dubois – Marilyn Hébert – Alexandre Joyce – Martin Pes
Village éphémère (“Ephemeral village”) Association du design urbain du Québec Samy Aitoubelli – Noémie Bélanger – Pierre-Luc Filion, Pauline Gayaud – Jérôme Glad – Kévin Grégoire – Sophie Julien – Maude Ladouceur – Samuel Mathieu – Martin Paré – Marie-Claude Plourde – Simon Pouliot – Christine Robitaille
Trekfit– Équipements de conditionnement physique en plein air (“Outdoor physical fitness equipment”) Signature design communication Vincent Clarizio, Industrial Designer
In the second stage, which was anonymous, the winners were chosen from among the candidate designers nominated by several Creative Cities, by an international jury made up of:
– Ugo Camerino, Founder, Ugo Camerino Architects; – Michel Dallaire, President and Founder, Michel Dallaire Design Industriel Inc.; – Dr. Masayuki Kurokawa, Architect, Designer, Entrepreneur, Kurokawa Masayuki Architecture Studio; – Xiaodu Liu, Founding Partner, URBANUS; – Freeman Lau, Partner, Kan & Lau Design Consultants; – Michael Michalsky, Fashion Designer; and – Prof. Min Wang,Dean, School of Design at China Central Academy of Fine Arts.
The full list of winning projects may be viewed on the website szday.org.
About the Ville de Montréal’s Bureau de design Structured around improving the design of the city and asserting Montréal’s status as a UNESCO City of Design, the Bureau du design’s mandate is to support public commissions in design while developing the market for and promoting the talents of Montréal-based designers and architects.
About Montréal, UNESCO City of Design The UNESCO Creative Cities Network, of which Montréal is a member, comprises 41 cities in 23 countries and enables creative practitioners in member cities to share experiences, best practices and knowledge on an international scale. For more information, visit mtlunescodesign.com.
Source: Louis-Pascal Cyr Office of the Mayor and Executive Committee 514 207-5525