Mayor Tremblay Issues Five Challenges for Creative Professionals



    MONTREAL, Oct. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - The Mayor of Montréal, Gérald Tremblay,
today posted online the five challenges that he issued to the creative and
design community last Tuesday during the Pecha Kucha Night for Elected
Officials. These five challenges, or shukôs, which are aimed at beautifying
the city and its street furniture, can be found at the website
www.shukomontreal.com. The conditions of these design competitions will be
defined by the Design Montréal office in collaboration with all the partners
involved.
    Mr. Tremblay was joined at the Pecha Kucha Night by 13 mayors of boroughs
and cities within the Montréal agglomeration who shared their vision of the
attractiveness and potential of their respective territories with more than
400 designers, architects and planners in attendance. Some of the elected
officials pointed to specific challenges of urban development and called upon
designers to harness their creativity to help meet those challenges, while
others highlighted worthy achievements in design and planning in their
communities.
    This initiative, a one of its kind in the world, was a production of the
Design Montréal office, the UNESCO Chair in Landscape and Environmental Design
at Université de Montréal and the Pecha Kucha Montréal team. It was supported
by four major partners: the Ville de Montréal, the Ministère de la Culture,
des Communications et de la Condition féminine du Québec (through the
Agreement on the Cultural Development of Montréal), the Ministère des Affaires
municipales et des Régions du Québec and the Conférence régionale des élus de
Montréal.
    This initial meeting of policymakers and designers signals the onset of
open, constructive and fruitful dialogue aimed at giving vital and tangible
expression to Montréal's designation as a UNESCO City of Design.

    The Mayor of Montréal's five shukôs: an idea, a project, a plan

    Mayor Tremblay's call to the creative community at this special Pecha
Kucha Night was issued in response to the commitments made at the Montréal,
Cultural Metropolis - Rendez-vous November 2007 event and pursuant to
Montréal's designation as a UNESCO City of Design. The five shukôs are design
projects to be initiated via concept competitions or project competitions
aimed stimulating maximum quality and creativity and broadening access to
these challenges by the largest possible number of professionals, including
emerging designers.

    
    Creative professionals will therefore be invited to enter five design
competitions to:

       - create a method for showcasing the stained-glass work by artist
         Marcelle Ferron at the Champ-de-Mars métro station entrance;

       - transform the east wall of the Palais de justice;

       - create a new bus shelter;

       - develop a distinctive brand identity for Montréal's taxis;

       - design the temporary festival street furniture for the Quartier des
         spectacles.
    

    The conditions of the competitions will be made public in the coming
weeks. In the meantime, people thinking of participating in any of these
design exercises are urged to express their interest in writing via the
website www.shukomontreal.com.




For further information:

For further information: Geneviève Marsan, Octane Stratégie, (514)
817-3097; Source: Design Montréal Office

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