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Student Design Competition

2017 International Competition for Environmentally Engaged Ideas

Launched:  February 16, 2017
Location: Bus Stop Sites within the ILEAU Territory
Prizes Announced: April 19, 2017

This competition is part of a joint research initiative by the Concordia University Chair of Integrated Design, Ecology, and Sustainability for the Built Environment and the Chaire de recherche sur les concours de l’Université de Montréal to stimulate debate on the importance of public space for heightening awareness to climate change issues and to mobilize the creativity of young designers of
the built environment.

This 2017 edition is done in collaboration with Conseil régional de l’environnement de Montréal (CRE-Montreal), an organization focused on the protection of the environment and the promotion of sustainable development for the island of Montreal.

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2016 Inaugural International Design Competition

Launched: April 15, 2016
Prizes Announced: June 30, 2016
Location: Concordia University, Loyola Campus Montréal, Quebec, Canada
Development Phase: In-process of detail development / funding for building of project courtesy of Trottier Foundation

Concordia University’s CoLLaboratoire invites young creative practitioners, be they students or recent graduates, to consider the role of public art and design in increasing awareness of, and engagement in, issues around climate change at the local level. This design competition is part of a series of activities conducted by the Montreal-based not-for-profit CoLLaboratoire initiative (http://www.ideas-be.ca/collaboratoire.html), whose main objective is the realization of a series of art-based interactive installations that address some critical theme of sustainable living in the city.

The Project
The project consists of designing the shelter(s) at the Loyola campus of Concordia University, which will also include solar energy. The participants may or may not use the existing structure. Teams will develop ideas that can both educate and encourage public conversation that might heighten awareness around climate change issues. The proposal should be well documented technically and intended for further development.

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CoLLaboratoire: Living experiments for Climate Change Awareness

Funding: CURC


Carmela Cucuzzella

Research Assistants:

Mohammed Abdul Rezazadeh
Firdous Nizar
Cheryl Gladu
Sherif Goubran
Michael Maclean
Pascal Xavier Poirier
Alexis Gosselin
Sora Abdul Saheb
Alice Wei

About the Project
CoLLaboratoire[1]  is a knowledge dissemination initiative, which started on September 2015, in Montreal, Canada. The broad goal of this project is to build a deeper community knowledge and engagement around issues of climate change. This project helps us better understand how the collaborative design of art-architecture installations in the public space can contribute to a critique, deeper understanding and/or embodiment of sustainable urban, professional, community, and even human practices in the long term. Through design experimentation, citizen engagement, exhibition of the ideas and the construction of working prototypes installed in Montreal, these projects are intended to lead to scalable and measurable environmental benefits, such as green energy and food production, water conservation, greater community involvement, etc. It is a project under the auspices of the Concordia University Research Chair Integrated Design, Ecology, and Sustainability for the Built Environment (IDEAS-BE)[2]. This research project is also directly related to the worldwide initiative called Future Earth[3]. Future Earth is a global platform for sustainability research serving as a vehicle for communicating knowledge between sustainability sciences, business leaders, policy makers, and community leaders.  The location of the United Nations Future Earth global secretariat is in Montreal. Montreal, a UNESCO city of Design, with its hybridity of cultures, languages, urban dynamism, and its leading place in the history of sustainability, is a fertile place for such an experiment in sustainable living.

Through this initiative we are planning, designing, and building public space urban installations with the intent of heightening climate change awareness, while also building capacity in citizenry to address issues together. The aim is to successfully make connections between academics, community members, artists, designers, architects, professionals, and business leaders, etc., in order to better address sustainability challenges. This research project has the inherent benefit of communicating the research directly to the community involved, and therefore also acts as an outreach project.

All installations are context sensitive, taking into consideration the concerns of the community in which they are intended. CoLLaboratoire has adopted the urban corridor of Sherbrooke Street, which runs 31km east to west across the city of Montreal in Canada as an organizing principle for all urban interventions and/or installations. This iconic Montreal street runs from the Parc Delphis Delorme and Paroisse Marie-Goretti nature area in the east to just west of Concordia University’s Loyola Campus in Montreal Ouest. Along this corridor we will identify roughly 12 sites or hubs for artistic-architectural installations and interventions. The resulting narrative from the collection of these designs along Sherbrooke Street will be at once, educational, interactive and experiential.

[1] http://www.ideas-be.ca/collaboratoire.html

[2] http://www.ideas-be.ca/

[3] http://www.futureearth.org/

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