The submission deadline is 4 p.m. on August 10, 2017. For more information regarding the Ottawa Urban Design Awards, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Urban Infill
- Low rise (1-4 storeys )
- Mid to high rise (5+ storeys)
A building or group of buildings, of high architectural standard, that achieves urban design excellence and creativity due to a thorough and sensitive understanding of the context, site plan, massing and pedestrian amenities. The building(s) will enhance the urban fabric of the neighbourhood.
All types of buildings are eligible, whether 'landmark' or 'background', new construction or a restoration/transformation. Building types may be mainstreet, mixed-use, residential (detached, attached, multi-unit) commercial, institutional or industrial.
2. Public Places and Civic Spaces
A place defined by adjacent buildings or a natural area or park that exhibits sustainability, and that enhances, extends and embellishes an accessible public realm. These shall be public indoor or outdoor spaces and may include streets, courtyards, plazas, forecourts, trails, parks, bridges, streetscapes and mews.
3. Urban Elements
A designed piece or pieces of a building or landscape that makes a positive contribution to the character of the neighbourhood at a human scale. It adds amenity, enhances the public experience and contributes to the quality and accessibility of the environment. Urban Elements can include an innovative solution that embodies the principles of universal design and may be street furniture, permanent works of art, doorways, gateways, fountains, railings, façades, light fixtures, canopies, walkways and signage, etc.
4. Student Projects
A theoretical or studio project that specifically relates to Ottawa. Students that attend local universities offering degrees in architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning and industrial design can submit submit an entry.
5. Visions, and Master Plans and/or Design Guidelines
An unbuilt vision for the City, studies and master plans that are inspiring, trend-setting and significant for the future development of the City.
All types of publicly visible/accessible urban development projects are eligible:
- Projects completed between September 1, 2015 and September 1, 2017
- Buildings (Residential, Mixed-use, Recreational, Commercial, Institutional and Industrial)
- Building Additions and Exterior Renovations
- Parks and Open Spaces
- Civic Structures
- Public Utilities
- Street Improvements
The following projects will NOT be eligible for the Urban Design Awards:
- Interior designs
- Private spaces not in the public domain (i.e. private gardens, backyards etc.)
- Plans or proposals not located within the boundaries of the City of Ottawa
- Heritage and historic preservation/adaptive re-use (these would be directed to the Ottawa Architectural Conservation Awards program, deadline of which is in the Fall every two years.
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 design landscape.