The City of Québec presented the three winning teams in the Reinventing Our Rivers competition. The U.S. team CADASTER from Brooklyn took home the $100,000 first prize. The second prize of $60,000 went to the White Arkitekter team, representing Norway, with members from Europe, the U.S., and Canada.
The third place prize of $40,000 went to the JOO HYUNG OH team from Glendale, California.The jury’s deliberations, led by architect Jandrik Hoesktra from the Netherlands, sparked useful discussions about the impact of the competition for Québec City.
The selection process also got the ball rolling on the long-term planning for the rivers. The jury members discussed the proposals and noted that each one contained ideas that could be useful in drawing up the River Development Master Plan.
FIRST PLACE – The CADASTER team, Brooklyn, United States
with Gabriel Cuellar, Urban Design (U.S.) + Athar Mufreh, Landscape Architecture and Environment (U.S.)
The Headwater Lot proposal offered realistic, concrete solutions to the questions of river accessibility and use that are smart yet simple.
The team’s keen understanding of the community and its environment showed in their plans for reconnecting the urban fabric with the natural environment , which won over the jury.
Their proposal sent a powerful message, conveying a clear, simple development strategy that works for all four rivers and that could have a major impact on the future of the rivers, the development of the city, and the daily lives of its residents.
SECOND PLACE – The WHITE Arkitekter team
with Jenny Mäki, Architect (Sweden), Eric Reid, Landscape Architect (Canada), Rebekah Schaberg, Urban Planner (U.S.), Anna Graf, Environmental Design Specialist (Sweden), Joan Rassmusen, Architect (Denmark), Sander Schuur, Sustainable Water Management (Netherlands), Niels de Bruin, Landscape Architect (Sweden)
This proposal was evocatively titled Parc des quatre rivières, National Urban Park of Québec.
The jury loved the idea of a national urban park. They found it bold and innovative. The intentions were clear and the proposed methods convincing.
The overall theme and its multiple applications highlight the right of residents to enjoy the rivers in different ways, with the addition of many new park features to help bridge the divide between urban and natural environments and encourage residents to truly reconnect with the rivers.
THIRD PLACE – The JOO HYUNG OH team from Glendale, United States
with Joohyung Oh, Architect (Pentatonic, U.S.), Jae Ho Yoon, Urban Designer (Pentatonic, South Korea), Su In Kim, Architect (Pentatonic, South Korea), Hyuksung Kwon, Landscape Designer (Pentatonic, South Korea), Sunjae Yu, City Planner (Pentatonic, South Korea)
Called The Loop, Reinventing Our Rivers, this highly imaginative proposal grabbed the jury’s attention.
The proposal generated strong reactions among the jury, with some members applauding it for its boldly imaginative scope and others underscoring certain flaws.
In general, the proposal was very powerful as an idealized, utopian vision, but hard to imagine in terms of real world implementation. Nonetheless, the wealth of inspirational ideas it contained—it was an ideas competition, after all—earned this proposal a place among the winners.
Source and images, Courtesy of v2com.
Article by Marco Rinaldi