Register: MAR/30/2020, Submit: MAY/15/2020, Eligibility: Architects, urban planners, engineers, environmentalists, students, firms, studios; individually, teams, Fee: Free, Awards: Categories – Open: 50,000 CAD (Canadian dollar) (around: 37,455 USD), up to 3 Honorable Mentions; Student: 10,000 CAD (around: 7,490 USD), up to 3 Honorable Mentions; People’s Choice: 3,000 CAD (around: 2,245 USD)
A progressive competition that is being led by the McEwen School of Architecture (MSoA) in collaboration with the community is a competition that challenges entrants to create a new vision for the urban core of the City of Greater Sudbury in 2050, Canada, vision that is far-reaching and one that will serve the city well in a rapidly changing global environment. The goal of this Urban Design Ideas Competition is to explore a wide range of options and opportunities for the evolution of the city’s urban core and to ultimately set out urban design principles that will guide its future development. Possible programs include a new library/art gallery/conference centre/performance centre, new housing typologies for a range of incomes, reimagining the space occupied by the railway lines, and a new arena/event centre – all in the urban core. Entrants are expected to address the placement and urban design issues related to one or more of these programs as part of their integrated “2020 Vision.”
At the same time, entrants are challenged to propose the broader context in which the urban core resides – the proximity to Lake Ramsey and its adjacent parks, the connections to greenways and watercourses, as well as the relationship to surrounding neighbourhoods.
THE URBAN CORE
Greater Sudbury’s urban core represents the origin of the community. In its early years, for the booming mining industry, it was the place to live, shop, govern, celebrate, worship and entertain. As with many mid-sized North American cities, the urban core has gone through profound changes in recent decades. Retailing has moved to suburban shopping centres, big-box retail, and electronic shopping. Many local independent retailers either left the downtown core or closed entirely. Faced with vacant space at both street level and upper stories, the deterioration of the downtown has contributed to a negative all image and declining tax revenue.
The city; however, is constantly working to revitalize its core. One of the newest additions to the downtown core was the McEwen School of Architecture (MsoA), which opened in 2013. One of the goals of that project was to revive the urban core and act as a catalyst for economic growth.
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