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Winners named in Sudbury 2050 design challenge

Concepts from Canadian, Asian teams selected in architecture school contest

A pair of designs from Canada and a third from Asia have been declared the winners of the Sudbury 2050 Urban Design Ideas Competition.

Launched last spring by the McEwen School of Architecture, the contest challenged designers to submit ideas about what a reimagined Sudbury could look like over the next 30 years.

More than 300 participants from around the globe registered to participate and, of those, 100 sent in proposals.

Winners in three categories were selected from a shortlist of finalists, which was announced on Nov. 20. The public was additionally invited to vote on their favourite concept.

Announced on Dec. 10, the winning design in the open category is “Sève,” submitted by the Montréal-based Collectif Escargo team comprised of Karyna St-Pierre, Julie Parenteau, Émilie Labrousse, Pierre-Yves Diehl.

For their efforts, Collectif Escargo takes home $50,000 in prize money.

Honourable mentions in the open category include “Ma-sh-ki-ki-ke: A story of healing, pour nous et pour la terre,” submitted by a team from Canada, and “Northern Traction,” also submitted by a team from Canada.

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In the student category, jurists selected the design “Re-Stitched,” submitted by the team of Aidan Lucas and Maeve Macdonald from Canada.

For their efforts, the winning team takes home $10,000 in prize money.

Honorable mentions in the student category include “Collective City,” submitted by a designer from Canada, and “Urban Constellation: Sudbury, a dreaming city,” submitted by a team from France.

In the people’s choice category, public voting returned “Bold & Beautiful,” as the winner. The design was submitted by a team hailing from Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong, comprised of Bryan Jian Hao Goh, Charmaine Chua Wei Ying, Chun Ho Christopher Wong, Nabhatsorn Na Thalang, Rachel Yi En Chiam, and Tessa Hui Zhi Tan.

For their efforts, the group takes home prize money of $3,000.

View the winning designs and jurist commentary here.