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Unveiling of the Winner of the Urban Design Competition in the Le Triangle Sector

22 septembre 2011

Montréal, le 22 septembre 2011 - Helen Fotopulos, Executive Committee member responsible for Culture, Heritage, Design and the Status of Women and Councillor for the Côte-des-Neiges district, and Marvin Rotrand, Councillor for the Snowdon District and Majority Leader, revealed today the winner of the urban design competition to revitalize and develop the Le Triangle sector: Catalyse Urbaine Architecture et Paysages.

The focus of the winning proposal is the development of a park in the heart of the neighbourhood. This vast green area will promote outdoor activities, foster social exchanges and create a strong identity for the neighbourhood. Several other elements, such as the development of treed squares, shared roads and a marketplace were put forward to transform the sector into a very attractive residential neighbourhood. The massive arrival of new residents in the Le Triangle neighbourhood over the next few years will require quality urban development. The project developed by the Catalyse Urbaine team aims for exactly that by building on this sector's full potential and proposing public spaces that are both functional and pleasant to be in.

"This contest helped us call on the talent and genius of local designers to develop an innovative project aiming to improve citizens' living environment. The urban design competition helped bring new ideas to light and made it possible to explore various approaches to the development of public roadways in this sector. As part of the fifth anniversary of the designation Montréal UNESCO city of design, the City pursues its goal to open up public procurement opportunities to young businesses. In this regard, I want to thank the winning team. The new public space it proposes as the basis for its project will certainly become an exceptional gathering place and forum for local residents," indicated Ms. Fotopulos.

"Choosing the winner was a crucial step in the completion of this project, as the development of public spaces in this neighbourhood will help create a sense of belonging and pride among residents. The project's modern vision was a decisive factor in the jury's decision and will transform Le Triangle into a unique neighbourhood in Quebec and even Canada. It will also serve as an example in sustainable development and active and public transportation. If we want this project to strike a chord with communities around the world as a concrete and functional example of a living environment that combines accessibility, sustainability, tranquility and well-being, it is essential that this environment be developed in a way that respects these values," explained M. Rotrand.

The jury was swayed by the idea of establishing a large, unifying park. "This project has the ability to prompt a strong attachment to the community and a sense of excitement among local residents and the park's developers, as well as give people the urge to accomplish something meaningful. It is the most optimistic and brings the most hope for the sector. This is truly a forward-looking project," declared president of the jury Ken Greenberg, Architect and Urban Designer for Greenberg Consultants.

Finally, thanks to the development proposed by Catalyse Urbaine, Le Triangle could become a sustainable solution to the urban sprawl of young families. It can offer an alternative to the suburbs and convince families to settle on the Island of Montréal in a living environment that will meet their needs and respect their values.

Now that the winning firm has been announced, realistic and specific timelines can be established over the next few months, along with the investments required to bring this project to life.

We should mention that the jury commended Groupe CHB-IBI on its control of all aspects of the project issues, and in particular the care with which the proposed developments were established.

About the borough of CDN—NDG revitalization project
Launched by the borough of CDN—NDG a few years ago, the Le Triangle neighbourhood revitalization project is moving along well. As a result of the public's interest, the completion of certain projects has even been pushed forward and revised. Over an area of about 40 hectares, the district will now see the addition of a total of 4,200 new housing units, including a large proportion of social housing, in accordance with Ville de Montréal's inclusion strategy, for a property value that will reach an estimated 1.2 billion dollars.

About the Montréal UNESCO city of design worksite
The Montréal UNESCO city of design worksite is an initiative of Ville de Montréal's Design Office and Université de Montréal's UNESCO Chair on landscape and environment. This $1.2-M project is funded in equal measures 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.

For more information on the contest and the new district, please go to letrianglemontreal.com.

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Source:   Borough of CDN—NDG