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The Triangle: CDN—NDG borough announces the finalists

20 juin 2011

Montréal, June 20, 2011 - Michael Applebaum, Chair of the Executive Committee of the Ville de Montréal and Mayor of Côte-des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough; Helen Fotopulos, Executive Committee member responsible for culture, heritage, design and the status of women and Councillor for Côte-des-Neiges district; and Marvin Rotrand, Councillor for Snowdon district, are pleased to announce the finalists in the urban design competition for the Namur—Jean-Talon Ouest sector. This fast-growing neighbourhood, now known as The Triangle, is located east of the Hippodrome and just steps from the Namur and De la Savane métro stations.

The jury, chaired by Ken Greenberg, has selected the following competitors:

Miguel Escobar architecte+urbaniste
Groupe CHB-IBI inc.
Catalyse Urbaine architecture et paysages
Agence Relief Design, Christian Thiffault architecte, Vinci consultants

"In order to redevelop this area as a neighbourhood worthy of one of the world's great cities, we launched a Canada-wide urban design competition to enable us to gather the best proposals for the development of public spaces," Mr. Applebaum said. "We have been very proud up to now of the interest this neighbourhood has aroused, and we wish to provide added value by calling upon the top professionals. Good luck to the four finalists."

For her part, Ms. Fotopulos stated: "We have reached a crucial stage in this urban design competition, and now the finalists can refine their proposals with tangible solutions and innovative ideas for developing the Namur Jean-Talon Ouest area. Ultimately, we will have transformed an existing space that is lacking in structure into a true neighbourhood that will reflect the harmonious and functional integration of the elements of the urban fabric by expressing the best of the values that make Montréal a city where design serves citizens."

Mr. Rotrand added: "I have no doubt that the projects to be developed in the second phase will meet our citizens' expectations. Residents will be able to take ownership of a flourishing neighbourhood, a district that will be a focal point in our borough known for its atmosphere, its public transit access, the development of its public spaces and its diverse array of services."

Urban design competition

The competition deals mainly with the development and urban design of the public space in The Triangle. It aims to convert some of the area's roadways into high-quality public spaces, to return primacy to pedestrians, to encourage common ownership of the sites thus created, and to contribute positively to the area's new identity.

The finalists are being asked to prepare paid proposals that will lead, at the end of the second phase to the selection of a winner, to be announced in September 2011.

The competition jury consists of the following:

· Ken Greenberg, Jury Chair, architect and urban designer, Greenberg Consultants Inc., Toronto;

· Martin Brière, architect, Brière, Gilbert + associés, Montréal;

· Daniel Lafond, Director of Urban Development and Business Services, borough of Côte-des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Montréal;

· Gérald Lajeunesse, former Chief Landscape Architect, National Capital Commission, Ottawa;

· Brian Smith, employment counsellor and Supervisor of the Visible Minorities project, Carrefour jeunesse-emploi de Côte-des-Neiges, Montréal.

· Annie Tardivon, landscape architect, DPLG, In Situ Paysagistes, Paris;

· Geneviève Vachon, architect and full professor of urban design, École d'architecture, Université Laval, Québec City.

About the CDN—NDG Borough's Namur–Jean-Talon Ouest redevelopment project

Launched by the borough of CDN—NDG a few years ago, the Triangle district redevelopment project has made great strides. In response to calls from the public, plans for some projects have even been moved up and reviewed. The revised plan for the neighbourhood therefore includes, within an area of some 40 hectares, a total of 4,200 new housing units, including a significant proportion of social housing, in keeping with the Ville de Montréal's inclusion strategy. The total assessed property value will be an estimated $1.1 billion.

About the Montréal UNESCO City of Design initiative

The Montreal UNESCO City of Design initiative is led by Ville de Montréal's Bureau du design and Université de Montréal's UNESCO Chair in Landscape and Environmental Design. The $1.2-million project is funded in equal parts by the Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine, the Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire, the Conférence régionale des élus de Montréal, and Ville de Montréal.

Further information on the competition and the new neighbourhood can be found on the website

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Source: Borough of CDN—NDG

Michel Therrien
Head of Communications
514 872-8211