Winners of the 2015 edition of the Interuniversity Urban Design Charrette

Students earn the Eugene Riesman Award of Les amis de la montagne for their vision in proposing an inviting gateway between the city and Mount Royal on the grounds of the Royal Victoria Hospital

Sunday 8 February 2015 – Les amis de la montagne are proud to announce the winners of the 2015 edition of the Interuniversity Urban Design Charrette entitled Rue University. Between City and Mountain. A Link Reinvented. 

Organized by Les amis de la montagne and the McGill University School of Urban Planning, in collaboration with the Institut d’urbanisme of the Université de Montréal, the charrette was held on 6-8 February 2015. Students of urban planning, architecture, landscape architecture and geography from both universities were invited to reflect upon the interface between Mount Royal and the city and to propose a new gateway to the mountain at the top of University Street.

Fourteen undergraduate and graduate students participated in the charrette, seeking inspiration from Frederick Law Olmsted’s original plans of Mount Royal. They were asked to propose an innovative urban design, informed by the genius loci of the place and the heritage value of the surrounding Royal Victoria Hospital buildings, the vocation of which is to be transformed in a few months. 

Chaired by Daniel Chartier, FCSLA, AAPQ, Landscape Architect, the charrette jury brought together Nik Luka, Associate Professor, McGill University School of Urban Planning and School of Architecture, Robert Desjardins, Landscape Architect and Studio Advisor, School of Landscape Architecture, Université de Montréal, and Paula Negron Poblete, Professor, Institut d’urbanisme, Université de Montréal. 

The awards ceremony was held on the final day of the charrette, in the Macdonald-Harrington Pavilion on the McGill University Campus. Attendees included Raphaël Fischler, Director of the McGill University’s School of Urban Planning, Peter A. Howlett, C.M., Chair of Les amis de la montagne, and Eugene N. Riesman, a member of the Board of Directors of Les amis de la montagne and an important Montreal developer who has supported young Canadian urban planners, architects and landscape architects in-the-making for decades through generous grants. Four teams of students had the opportunity to present their respective visions at the event. 

The Charrette Jury awarded the first prize to Natural Sprawl, a project submitted by Priscila Krauss Krayer (McGill University), Sébastien Petra (Université de Montréal) and Tiffany Vong (McGill University). The Eugene Riesman Award of Les amis de la montagne was presented to them by Mr. Riesman himself. Honourable mentions went to De rue partagée en montagne, proposed by Ila D'Cruz students, Marie-Ève Assunçao-Denis and Alexie Baillargeon-Fournelle, and to Fulfilling the Olmsted's vision project. Creating New spaces available around mount Royal, proposed by Bahareh Eshraghi, Emilie-Patterson Langlois, Kassandra Mccleery and Mirna Wasef. 

All projects developed for the Interuniversity Urban Design Charrette Rue University. Between City and Mountain. A Link Reinvented will be on view from 24 February to 24 April 2015 in the ground level exhibition space of Smith House, in Mount Royal Park, at 1260 Remembrance Road, Montreal. Public admission is free. Smith House is open weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm and weekends from 9 am to 6 pm. 

Les amis de la montagne is a registered charitable organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of Mount Royal through community involvement and environmental education.

Links to the students projects developed as part of the charrette

Natural Sprawl

De rue partagée en montagne

Fulfilling Olmsted’s vision. Creating New accessible spaces around mount-Royal

In the shade of the mountain