Create winter

The Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, in collaboration with the Ville de Montréal, invites creative Montrealers to participate in the Create Winter at Quartier des Spectacles competition. The challenge is to create three exceptional day-and-night winter experiences on place Émilie-Gamelin, place des Festivals, and the area surrounding the Saint-Laurent metro station.

Three competitions in one

The two-phase competition is open to individual designers and to teams with at least one lead designer working in a discipline related to planning and design (architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, urban design, interior design, environmental design, industrial design, graphic design) and/or in event design, multimedia, the performing arts (set design, direction, lighting design, video) and the visual and media arts.

The competition calls for the creation of three independent urban installations on three sites in the Quartier des Spectacles. The installations, comprising day and night components, must create a distinct ambiance and offer a unique urban experience to the public. The festive, playful and participatory creations should promote foot traffic and revitalize the public spaces.

All participants must be able to deliver their projects on a turnkey basis, either alone or in partnership with a producer for the production and installation phase.

How to participate

The deadline for entries is June 29, 2011 at noon Montreal time. The registration process is mandatory for receiving the documents required for preparing proposals, which must be received no later than Monday, July 4, at noon. At this stage, competitors will receive no remuneration.

A jury will select three finalists per site. The selected individuals and groups will have until September 6 to submit their detailed proposals. Finalists will receive an honorarium of $5,000 to facilitate the process.

All rules of the contest are available on Montreal UNESCO City of Design‘s website

About the Quartier des Spectacles

Festivals aren’t the only time that the Quartier comes alive. All 12 months of the year, at any hour of the day, the Quartier des Spectacles offers visitors an exceptional range of activities: cinema, theatre, dance, exhibitions, technological art, music concerts, operas, comedy shows, improvisation, design competitions, and on and on. A different experience emerges with every step. To find it, just follow the red dots that appear on the sidewalk at nightfall.

About Montreal, UNESCO City of Design

The Ville de Montréal’s Bureau du design is working with the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership on preparing and running this competition. Such competitions are among the many commitments taken on by the city and the partners in Action Plan 2007-2017 – Montréal, Cultural Metropolis, which aims to promote excellence in design and architecture by encouraging the use of design competitions, and by affirming Montreal’s status as a UNESCO City of Design.

The winners

Place des Festivals

Winners | Jean Beaudoin + Erick Villeneuve. Produce by Multimédia Novalux

St-Laurent metro station

Winners | Amandine Guillard, Anik Poirier, Albane Guy, Tagteam Studio. Produce by Impact Production

Place Émilie-Gamelin

Winners | Atomic3 - Félix Dagenais, Louis-Xavier Gagnon-Lebrun, Éric Gautron. Produce by Michel Granger

Related links (French only)

Rapport du comité technique
Rapport du jury | Étape 1
Rapport du jury | Étape 2

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