St Lawrence River shoreline, Québec City

The latest competition focusses on transforming a large 8km stretch of waterfront north of the city centre which is currently dominated by a motorway and commercial uses. The project is the fourth phase of the city’s ongoing CAD $193 million Promenade Samuel-De Champlain initiative to improve its riverfront.

The single-stage competition – organised by Commission de la Capitale Nationale du Québec – invites multidisciplinary teams to draw up land use strategies for an 8km stretch of waterfront between the D’Estimauville area and Parc de la Chute-Montmorency.

Project title International, multidisciplinary ideas competition for land use planning – Enhancing the St. Lawrence River Shoreline in Québec City – Phase 4
Commission de la Capitale Nationale du Québec
Contract value CAD $200,000
First round deadline 11 January 2024
Restrictions Any multidisciplinary team that includes at least one representative from each of the three following disciplines (or a similar discipline) is eligible to participate as a competitor: urban planning and design, landscape architecture or architecture, environment or sustainable development. A team may choose to add other professionals or specialists to enhance its proposal with regard to the issues, objectives, and challenges of the competition
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The competition languages are French and English. Three overall winners – to be announced in April 2024 followed by a public exhibition of their concepts – will each receive a share of the competition’s CAD $200,000 prize fund.

Competition details

According to the brief: ‘The ultimate goal is to uncover the development potential of the target area, generate exciting ideas and concepts, and influence the strategies and decisions of the stakeholders who will bring those ideas and concepts to life.

Submissions will be judged on their sensitivity and suitability, presentation, creativity, use of public space and response to ‘respect for the area’s rich heritage and ability to showcase its distinctive features.’

Evaluation of the concepts will also consider access to the waterfront, economic and efficiency and the ‘conservation, enhancement, and resilience of natural environments in the short, medium, and long term.’

Quebec City is the capital of the Canadian province of Quebec and the 11th largest city in Canada with around 550,000 residents. Since 1995, the Commission de la Capitale Nationale du Québec has promoted a range of urban regeneration initiatives across the settlement.

Judges will include Jérôme Dupras, professor of ecological economics at Université du Québec en Outaouais; Pedro Bobone Ressano Garcia, architect and professor at Ressano Garcia Arquitectos, Lisbon; and Sonia Tremblay, urban planning advisor to the City of Quebec.

The call for concepts aims to identify a range of ‘ambitious yet realistic ideas’ to ‘transform and preserve’ the area while also reclaim the shoreline and surroundings. Participating teams must include an urban planner, a landscape architect or architect and an environmental or sustainable development consultant.

The competition will also shed light on current issues and speculate on future ones, with four main focus areas: enhancing the shoreline and making it more accessible, connecting the surrounding neighbourhoods to the river, assessing the current layout of the road infrastructure, [and] preserving and enhancing natural spaces.’