Announcement of the winners of the National Urban Design Awards


OTTAWA — Twelve projects across Canada have been shortlisted for the 2020 National Urban Design Awards by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) and the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects ( ACPA).

The winning projects, announced Feb. 19, range from public art installations and parks to a revitalized underpass.

The awards are part of a two-part program organized in collaboration with Canadian municipalities. The National Urban Design Awards program judged the 2020 Municipal Awards winners and entries submitted to the general public.

JEAN-FRANCOIS SAVARIA — 18 Shades of Gay, a one-kilometre-long ribbon installation of 180,000 multicolored resin balls suspended above Sainte-Catherine Street East in Montreal’s Gay Village, is part of the transformation of the street into a pedestrian street during the summer.

Awards in each category will be presented at the RAIC Architecture Conference held in Edmonton from June 3-7.

In the Student Projects category, the Award of Excellence was awarded to Topographic Urban Expansion of Toronto by Qiwei Song (University of Toronto).

The Certificate of Merit in the Student Projects category was awarded to The Drainage Filter for the Everglades (Toronto) by Qiwei Song, Meikang Li and Chaoyi Cui (University of Toronto).

To address the problem of water pollution in the Everglades, the proposal is a cost-effective alternative and enhancement to existing costly treatment infrastructure.

In the Civic Design category, the Award of Excellence was awarded to Mechanized River Valley Access (Edmonton) by DIALOG.

The Certificate of Merit in the category was won by Berczy Park (Toronto) of Claude Cormier et Associés.

The public realm of Winnipeg’s North East Exchange District by HTFC Planning and Design, in conjunction with WSP Engineering, the City of Winnipeg and CentreVenture Development Corporation, also received a Certificate of Merit.

The Excellence Award in the Urban Fragments category was won by 18 Shades of Gay by Claude Cormier et Associés in Montreal. The kilometer-long, ribbon-like installation of 180,000 multicolored resin balls suspended above Sainte-Catherine Street East — Montreal’s Gay Village — is part of the street’s transformation into a pedestrian mall during the summer.

The certificate of merit was awarded to The Fourth Street SW Underpass Enhancement (Calgary, Alta.), by the architectural collaboration marc boutin inc.

In the Community Initiatives category, the Award of Excellence was won by The Warming Huts (Winnipeg), Sputnik Architecture Inc. and The Forks Renewal Corporation.

Warming Huts is an annual project that engages local and international designers, artists and students each winter to design and create structures that are installed with the public skating and walking path on the ice of the city’s frozen rivers.

The Award of Excellence in the Urban Development Plans category was awarded to the Intervention Plan for the Comfort and Safety of Pedestrians and Cyclists in Old Quebec, by Groupe A/Annex U, a pedestrian and cycling plan of Old Quebec.

The Casey House in Toronto, by Hariri Pontarini Architects, won the Award for Excellence in Urban Architecture for the renovation and expansion of Casey House, a specialized health care facility for people living with HIV/AIDS.

A Certificate of Merit was awarded to Springdale Library and Komagata Maru Park in Brampton, Ontario. by RDH Architects.

A Sustainable Development Prize was awarded to Corridor de biodiversite, Borough of Saint-Laurent, Montreal, by civiliti, LAND Italia, Table Architecture and Biodiversite conseil.

The 2020 National Urban Design Awards judging panel included Doug Leighton, RPP, MCIP, MRAIC, Urbanist in Residence at the University of Calgary; Jean Trottier, CSLA, RPP, MCIP, Associate Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Manitoba; and Susan Fitzgerald, FRAIC, Director of Design at FBM and Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University.


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