MONTREAL, Dec. 14, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - LEMAY, one of the leading architecture and design firms in Canada, has made
history by winning a high-profile international competition launched by
l'Agence de gestion et de régulation foncière urbaine de la Wilaya de
Constantine en Algérie. The $2.4 billion project, will have $1.57 billion ($1.57B) devoted to the residential sector.
Algerian government officials recently confirmed the awarding of this
contract to the Canadian team made up of the consortium of firms LEMAY
and EXP. This was reported today by LEMAY's President, Mr. Louis T. Lemay, who added that the urban concept created by the LEMAY-EXP team was
chosen unanimously by the jury of experts. Their winning proposal stood
out for its excellence, its relevance, its originality and its
audacity; its competitors consisted of international firms from Europe,
Asia, America and Africa.
Senior partner and creative director of LEMAY's urban design studio, Michel Lauzon, described how the future area of El-Minya will be a multifunctional
and autonomous urban agglomeration on a 47-hectare plateau directly in
front of the heritage city of Constantine, the third-most important
city in Algeria, and the North African country's cultural capital,
located some 431 km east of Algiers. The city will house more than
20,000 residents, as well as various offices, shops, recreation centers
and schools for a growing population of workers, visitors and tourists.
Mr. Lauzon added that this prized mandate involves the planning and
development of a new neighbourhood, and fits within a distinctive World
Heritage global development plan. The new Constantine neighbourhood
will extend over an area of 1.2 million m². The overall development
plan includes the architecture and construction of major city elements
such as the public spaces and the traffic networks. The project of
6,500 to 7,500 housing units will be adapted to a contemporary
Lead designer of the project, Mr. Lauzon said the proposal, "Once upon a
time in El-Minya" stands out for its unique visual signature that will
be visible on the walls and pathways in the old city. The iconic
silhouette of the new city of El-Minya is inspired by the sinuous lines
of Arabic calligraphy and by the walls of medieval cities. The new
city's architecture will have a contemporary billing, but its
innovative arrangement will be based on urban traditions and ancestral
characteristics typical of the cultural landscape in Maghreb, including
features such as a "medina" - a traditional courtyard at the center of
the Kasbahs and Arab towns of North Africa.
The concept of the "new medinas" in the development plan will reflect
the cultural characteristics of Maghrebian landscapes. The design will
include clear distinctions between private and public spaces and
between openness and privacy.
Finally, El-Minya is a model city in its ecological planning, based on
leading best practices in sustainable development, especially in terms
of reducing dependency on cars, and promoting the integration of large
open independent green spaces that have been planned in order to
promote biodiversity, all in the heart of an urban lifestyle.
Mr. Lemay concluded by saying that this project, which will be carried
out with LEMAY's signature expertise will meet the population's needs
perfectly, in the creation of the new neighbourhood of El-Minya, a
place that is set to become a richly diversified living environment for
the people of Constantine.
Founded in 1957, Lemay is a veteran of Canadian architecture that
quickly understood how to adopt a global vision of its discipline, by
proposing an integrated service that includes various fields from urban
design to furniture design, as well as landscape architecture,
branding, graphic design, interior design and architecture. Lemay is at
the heart of numerous major projects in Montreal that have transformed
the metropolitan region, such as the Centre CDP Capital, the Complexe
Les Ailes, 1000 De la Gauchetière, and the Centre Bell.
For further information:
Louis T. Lemay, President and facilitator of excellence
Michel Lauzon, Architect and urban designer
Partner, chief creative officer
Director - Public and Corporate Affairs
Cohn&Wolfe - Montréal
514-845-7068 (direct line)
514-845-7027 (direct line)