2021 Reimagining the Experience of Public Transportation in a Post-pandemic Metropolis

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Location: Island of Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Categories: Student Competition, Idea, Transport Infrastructure, Public Space, Public Infrastructure
1st Prize: 1500$ (per each of the 5 winning teams)
Submission deadline: April 12, 2021, at 05:00 PM
Language: English, French
Organizers: Ideas-Be

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Summary: This student design competition is part of a joint research initiative of the Concordia University Chair of Integrated Design, Ecology, and Sustainability for the Built Environment (IDEAS-BE) and the Canada Research Chair in Architecture, Competitions, Mediations of Excellence (CRC ACME) at Université de Montréal in collaboration with the Conseil reìgional de l’environnement de Montréal (CRE-Montreal) and the Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain (ARTM).
This initiative is working together to mobilize the creativity of young designers of the built environment in order to stimulate debate on the renewed experiences of public transportation for increased urban resiliency.

Description: This 2021 design competition edition is done in collaboration CRE-Montreal and ARTM. The Conseil ré-gional de l’environnement de Montréal (CRE-Montreal) has as its mission statement the protection of the environment and the promotion of sustainable development on the Island of Montreal. The Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain (ARTM) is the transportation authority, which plans, funds, and promotes public transit and paratransit services for the Montréal metropolitan area.

This ideas competition seeks to gather:

  1. narratives of the renewed experience of public transportation;
  2. design idea(s) for encouraging the use of public transportation;
  3. design principles for implementing a renewed experience of public transportation.

Public transport has been impacted through the pandemic in ways that have considerably changed its experience. The notion of time, the experience of the city, the experience of the every day, have all changed in 2020.

We adhere to the principle that public transport is an essential and safe part of the ecological transition of our cities. If citizens shift from public transport back to private vehicles, we can predict a drastic degradation of environmental and traffic conditions – a situation to be averted. Thinking about new ways to encourage and renew the experience of public transport opens up avenues redefining an enhanced relationship to urbanity and the sharing of public space while contributing to the ecological transition.

This competition asks:

  1. How can we renew the pleasure of public transportation following the decline
    in ridership experienced in the last year?
  2. How can we redesign the spaces and places of public transportation for encouraging the use of public transit?

Find all the information related to this open call here and download the competition brief here.

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