29.4.09

2009 Ottawa Urban Design Awards

I am happy to have recently discovered the Ottawa Urban Design Award in which the city encourages design excellence and innovation by honoring the people who made a difference in the capital.

The winners from the previous competition were:

Urban Infill Category
  • 700 Sussex (Award of Excellence)
  • 100 Murray (Award of Merit)
  • 131 Queen Street (Award of Merit)

Ottawa Urban Design Award 2007 Winner
700 Sussex (photo : Alan Fleming Real Estate)


Public Spaces and Civic Spaces Category
  • Corktown Footbridge (Award of Excellence)
  • Lakeridge Square (Award of Merit)
Ottawa Urban Design Award 2007 Winner
Corktown Footbridge (photo : Ullysse)

Urban Element Category
  • Confederation Boulevard Urban Furnishing (Award of Merit)
Ottawa Urban Design Award 2007 Winner
Confederation Boulevard Urban Furnishing (photo : City of Ottawa)

Special Jury Award Category
  • Preston Square
Ottawa Urban Design Award 2007 Winner
Preston Square (photo : City of Ottawa)

Student Project Category
  • Bikevine (Award of Excellence)
  • International Congress Center (Award of Merit)
  • Re-imaging the Rockcliffe Airbase
  • Schlinoffitel
Ottawa Urban Design Award 2007 Winner
Bikevine (photo : unleashedlive)


In order to participate, your project must have been built between September 1, 2007 and September 1, 2009. The winning projects must :
  • Demonstrate design and architectural excellence
  • Demonstrate clear urban design intent
  • Contribute to the wider appreciation of urban design
  • Demonstrate a positive contribution to the public realm / quality of place
  • Contribute to the city’s environmental and ecological health (e.g. LEED designation)
  • Connect to their locality
  • Be important to pedestrian and liveability issues
  • Be innovative and trend setting
  • Be open to transformation
The competition is open to urban designers, planners, landscape architects, architects, engineers, developers, contractors, consultants, owners, students and the general public who have contributed to Ottawa’s urban landscape.

All types of publicly visible/accessible urban development projects are eligible :

  • Parks and Open Spaces
  • Buildings (Residential, Mixed-use, Recreational, Commercial, Institutional and Industrial)
  • Civic Structures
  • Building Additions and Exterior Renovations
  • Public Utilities
  • Street Improvements
  • Adaptive Reuse
Submissions must be delivered by 4 p.m. on August 20, 2009

I'm looking forward to see what Ottawa has to offer this year!

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