Montreal, Canada, 2012-10-16 -
Today the Palais des congrès de Montréal (Montréal Convention Center) hosted the first edition of Facteur D. More than 500 people participated in the inauguration of this annual event whose objective is to help companies and organizations to better understand the economic and social benefits of architecture, design and urban planning: the D Factor (the significant effect design has on projects).
7 Facteur D Awards, Showing the Added Value of Design, Architecture and Planning In a conclusion, 7 Facteur D Awards were handed out in front of a crowd of 350 spectators at the Facteur D Soirée. The award recognizes the best of the year’s projects, among the 47 finalists presented before an impartial international jury during the day’s event. Deliberations were based not only on design quality, but measuring the economic and social impacts of the projects. Reflecting this, both the designers/ architects/ planners and their clients of the winning projects received a trophy, a production in aluminum by Alto Design.
The winners are: • Architecture Category: The City of Longueuil and Manon Asselin | Jodoin Lamarre Pratte | architects in consortium for: Bibliothèque Raymond-Lévesque
• Landscape Architecture Category: Société de développement commercial (SDC) du Village and Claude Cormier + Associés inc. for: Pink Balls
• Graphic Design Category: Société de Transport de Montréal (STM) and Sid Lee for: Mouvement collectif: new branding for STM
• Industrial Design Category: Picard Ovens and Alto Design for: Revolution Oven and Modulux
• Interior Design Category: Astral Media and Lemay for: Astral Media offices
• Planning/ Urban Design Category: The City of Montréal and Daoust Lestage inc. for: Quartier des spectacles | Secteur Place des Arts
• Multidisciplinary Design Category: Bota Bota and Sid Lee Architecture for: Bota Bota floating Spa
"Mission Design has no interest in handing out yet another design prize for the trendiest projects. What we want is to emphasize is the successful collaboration between business and design; beyond the quality of the design, we want to reward results and the measurable impacts of a project" explains Alain Dufour, Executive Director of Mission Design.
The Facteur D Soirée was also an occasion to celebrate excellence in design with the following awards: Alcoa Canada Groupe produits Primaires Award “The Table is Set for Aluminum”, Fondation CLU Awards and Jean-Paul L’Allier Award.
A tribute was also paid to the Honourable Charles Lapointe, CEO of Tourisme Montreal for the role he has played championing the design industry in Quebec.
Conferences by Prominent Architects and Designers Alongside the 47 parallel project presentations, three lectures by leading international experts in architecture, design and urbanism were given during Facteur D:
The D Factor: Design. Gets Business Going A panel composed of members of our international jury explored what the "D Factor" is for them, and how design is a key factor for development. With: - Flemming Borreskov, President of the International Federation for Housing and Planning (IFHP) and CEO of Realdania (Denmark) - Paddy Harrington, Executive Creative Director, Bruce Mau Design (Canada) - Co-Founder of Pentagram and president, Mervyn Kurlansky Design (Denmark)
Bridges: For an Architectural Identity How can the re-construction of the Champlain Bridge push us to innovate and create an architectural landmark for Montreal? Three internationally renowned architects specializing in bridge design exchanged on the subject: - Andy Bow of Foster+Partners (UK) - Poul Ove Jensen of Dissing+Weitling (Danemark) - Sébastien Ricard of Wilkinson Eyre Architects (UK) Moderated by Stephen Léopold
Cities for People Jan Gehl, renowned Danish architect and urban planner, presented a conference inspired by his book ‘Cities for People,’ in which he outlines the importance of the concept of human scale in cities. The exclusive launch of the French edition of the book. The conference was presented within the ‘Journées du développement régional 2012’ of the CRÉ de Montréal.
Facteur D is a Mission Design initiative with the support of our partners: JPdl, orangetango, the Palais des congrès de Montréal, the Ministère des Finances et de l’Économie, the Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire (MAMROT), the Association des architectes paysagistes du Québec, the Association des designers industriels du Québec, the Association professionnelle des designers d'intérieur du Québec, the Ordre des architectes du Québec, the Ordre des Urbanistes du Québec, Société des designers graphiques du Québec, The Aluminum Association of Canada, Alcoa, Alto Design, Artopex, Concept Audio-visuel, the CRÉ de Montréal, Equiparc, Jura, Philips Lumec, Precicast, Répertoire des produits du bois du Québec, RSM, Saic, Tourisme Montréal, W Montréal, Zéro Un, Infopresse, Les Affaires, Magazine Formes, v2com.
About Mission Design Mission Design is the design promotion agency of Québec. Created for and by the design industry in the fields of design, architecture and urban planning, our “mission” is to drive economic development through design, by stimulating demand of these disciplines as vectors of innovation and competitiveness for companies and public organizations in Quebec, while ensuring the strategic positioning of Quebec design locally and internationally. Mission design is supported by its members and the government of Québec (Ministry of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade as well as of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy – Ministère du Développement économique, de l’Innovation et de l’Exportation and Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire) and Canada. www.missiondesign.org