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Launch of the multidisciplinary landscape architecture competition - Creating of a Biodiversity Corridor in Saint-Laurent

13 septembre 2017

Montréal, le 13 septembre 2017 -  Saint-Laurent Mayor Alan DeSousa is pleased to announce the launch of a multidisciplinary landscape architecture competition to develop a master plan in setting up the Cavendish-Laurin-Liesse biodiversity corridor. Located at the heart of the territory, between Cavendish, Thimens and Henri-Bourassa boulevards, this corridor has been discussed at public consultations to identify current needs and issues. 

This space is already serving habitats that are favourable to biodiversity, in Parc Marcel-Laurin, in particular; however, the Borough would like to create more places for the community in general to commune with nature, wild life and plant life.

"For the past several years, our borough has been actively involved in protecting biological diversity. And with this competition, we want to set up corridors that will make it possible to connect natural environments and other green spaces fragmented by development, in addition to offering residents historical, educational and recreational corridors," Mayor DeSousa was pleased to explain.

The competition aims to provide the Borough with a master plan in setting up the Cavendish-Laurin-Liesse biodiversity corridor in order, on the one hand, to establish the vision and guidelines that will direct the planning, development and enhancement of the corridor in the long term and, on the other, to propose targeted actions to carry out in the short term, between 2021 and 2023.

Competition procedures 

This two-stage competition is open to landscape architects, biology/ecology specialists, designers and architects all over Canada. The professionals have until November 6, 2017 to submit an anonymous proposal—an overall idea conveying the vision and mission of the project. A jury will then select four finalists that will each receive an amount of $24,000, tax included, to develop their concept. The winning team in this competition will then be given a mandate to develop the plan to design the Cavendish-Laurin-Liesse biodiversity corridor.

"We firmly believe that through our design competition, we will be able to attract the best professionals, in terms of quality and creativity, in the field. We adopted this process before, and particularly for the design of the Bibliothèque du Boisé, a building that we are extremely proud of, as it has been honoured with many awards for its innovative and sustainable design," added Mayor DeSousa. 

The members of the jury are as follows: 

• Alexandre Beaudoin, biodiversity advisor, Sustainable Development Unit, Université de Montréal

• Jacinthe Daprato, biologist, planning advisor, Borough of Saint-Laurent, Ville de Montréal

• Kenza Diboune, planning advisor, Borough of Saint-Laurent, Ville de Montréal

• Louis-Charles Lasnier, designer-professor, School of Design, UQAM

• Caroline Magar, development advisor, development coordinator, Les Amis du Champ des possibles

• Juliette Patterson, landscape architect, architect, PA LEED, Catalyse Urbaine   

• Pierre Thibault, architect, Atelier Pierre Thibault 

• Claude Thiffault, biologist

Ville de Montréal's Bureau du design is supporting the Borough of Saint-Laurent in developing and launching the design competition for the Cavendish-Laurin-Liesse biodiversity corridor. This competition comes on the heels of the commitments made by Ville de Montréal and partners in the 2007-2017 Action Plan – Montréal, Cultural Metropolis. This plan aims, in particular, to promote excellence in design and architecture, while contributing toward Montréal's affirmation as a UNESCO city of design.

 UNESCO's Creative Cities Network, of which Montréal is a member, makes it possible for designers of member cities to pool their experiences, in addition to promoting exchanges of good practices and sharing knowledge worldwide. The design competition for the Cavendish-Laurin-Liesse biodiversity corridor is benefiting from financial support of $55,000, tax included, from Ville de Montréal's Bureau du design.

For more information on the competition, click on this link.