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The urban design competition's four finalists present their proposals for the Le Triangle sector

1er septembre 2011

Montréal, September 1, 2011 - It is with great pleasure that 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 and Leader of the Majority, invite Montréalers to the public presentation of the finalists in the Namur—Jean-Talon Ouest (Le Triangle) urban design competition. This presentation will take place on Thursday, September 8th, from 5:30 pm to 10 pm, at the Singapore hall of the Hotel Ruby Foo's (7655, boulevard Décarie). The event will see the seven-member jury select the winner who will be awarded the mandate to revitalize and develop this flourishing neighbourhood's public spaces.

Following the evening presentations, the jury, presided over by Ken Greenberg, will deliberate behind closed doors in order to choose the winner among the following finalists:

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

Ms. Fotopulos stated: “This is a rare opportunity for citizens, elected officials, development experts, promoters, and designers to attend the premiere of a key step in the winner selection process of urban design competitions and to learn a bit more about the mechanics of that process. A true exercise in democracy, this public presentation is a chance for people to see for themselves the quality of the proposals, to see and hear designers present their project.”

Mr. Rotrand added: “The purpose of this vast revitalization project is to create an urban environment where primacy is given to the use of active transportation, the presence of nearby services, and social diversity. The finalists' presentations will thus represent a turning point in this project for the proposals so far discussed will acquire a concrete dimension. I have no doubt whatsoever that, thanks to the innovative vision of all the competition's finalists, Le Triangle will become a veritable oasis, fresh and green, close to Montréal's downtown core, one that will also serve to keep urban sprawl in check.”

The presentation evening is free and open to all. It is a privilege to witness this crucial step where designers will present their proposals and answer questions from the jury. Please note that members of the public will have no right of intervention and that all presentations will be given in French. A few rules will also need to be adhered to in order to allow for the evening to unfold as it should. Those wishing to attend must register online at the following address:

About the urban design competition
Last May, the Borough of CDN—NDG launched an urban design competition for the development of public spaces the Le Triangle area, a flourishing Montréal neighbourhood. This competition has given the best urban designers a chance to present proposals that showcase their most dynamic and contemporary visions for the area. They have, amongst other things, sought to re-imagine several of the area's roadway strangleholds and shared public spaces so as to return primacy to pedestrians.

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.

If you have any questions or require any additional information, you may dial 514-872-2345 or visit the following web site:

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Source : Borough of CDN—NDG

   Caroline Langis
   Communications manager