A Palais that's "designing" the future

MONTREAL, April 19 /CNW Telbec/ - The Société du Palais des congrès de Montréal is pleased to mark the fifth anniversary of "Montréal, UNESCO City of Design" and to contribute to the program of celebrations surrounding this designation that so characterizes our creative and dynamic city. Throughout the remainder of 2011, a number of major design-related events will take place at the Palais, among them:

  • The exhibition of the Society of Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD) annual conference, June 1 to 4;
  • The annual general meeting of the Ordre des architectes du Québec on June 17;
  • The "Politique des villes de design" symposium as part of the 24th Entretiens Jacques-Cartier on October 4; and
  • The WAT (workshop_atelier terrain) of the UNESCO Chair on Landscape and Environmental Design at Université de Montréal from November 20 to December 4.

"The City of Design designation contributes to positioning Montréal as a premier North American host city for international events and activities that generate major economic spinoffs, in addition to fostering discussion and the development of numerous disciplines," said Marc Tremblay, President and CEO of the Palais des congrès de Montréal. "We are proud to host major design events in a building that has become an icon of the city and its Quartier international, for tourists and residents alike."

Much-lauded design
The Palais des congrès de Montréal boasts exceptional design elements, such as its coloured glass façade, whose concept was developed under the direction of architect Mario Saïa and showcases Translucide, a work by Jean-François Cantin, Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon in collaboration with Martin Leblanc of NOMADE Architectes. The indoor forest of pink trees, entitled Jardin Nature Légère/Lipstick Forest by artist Claude Cormier, also commands attention. The Palais is in fact featured in the book 1001 Buildings You Must See Before You Die: The World's Architectural Masterpieces, edited by Mark Irving. It is also listed in numerous travel guides, including Ulysse, Hachette and Lonely Planet, as a must-visit. These works, along with many others displayed at the Palais des congrès, contribute to its renown and help attract major events to the convention centre.

About the Palais des congrès de Montréal
The mission of the Palais des congrès de Montréal is to attract and host conventions, exhibitions, consumer/trade shows, conferences, meetings and other events. A public institution with a commercial vocation, the Palais generates important economic spin-offs for Québec and has proudly contributed, for 27 years, to knowledge sharing and enhancing Montréal's international reputation as a first-class destination. For more information on the Palais des congrès, please visit their website: www.congresmtl.com.

/NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available at http://photos.newswire.ca. Images are free to accredited members of the media/

SOURCE Palais des congrès de Montréal

For further information:

Source:   Chrystine Loriaux, AdmA, BAA
Director, Marketing and Communications
Société du Palais des congrès de Montréal
Tel.: 514 871-3108
Information:  Amélie Asselin
Advisor, Communications and Public Affairs
Société du Palais des congrès de Montréal
Tel.: 514 871-5897



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