Guelph Urban Design Awards

Guelph Urban Design Awards

Celebrating excellence in urban design

The Guelph Urban Design Awards are postponed until further notice in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The city of Guelph benefits from thoughtful urban design that enhances our community’s unique sense of place and contributes to our residents’ high quality of life. Building on the vision outlined in Guelph’s Urban Design Action Plan, the 2020 Guelph Urban Design Awards will promote and recognize the best of urban design in Guelph. From November 8, 2019, to March 2, 2020, the City is accepting submissions for awards of excellence in six categories:

  • Adaptive Re-use/Heritage Conservation (e.g. major additions to older buildings, heritage facade restoration)
  • Public Buildings (e.g. education, civic or health care buildings)
  • Private Buildings and Developments (residential, commercial/industrial, mixed use)
  • Open Space/Public Space/Green Infrastructure (e.g. streetscapes, low-impact development projects, or plazas)
  • Place-making (e.g. tactical urbanism, community-led projects, or street furniture)
  • Urban Design Plans/Visions (e.g. masterplans, or neighbourhood plans)

Timeline

Winter 2019/2020

Submissions

Spring/Summer 2020

Judges’ evaluations (Postponed until further notice)

September 2020

Awards announcements (Postponed until further notice)

Jury member biographiesCall to Artists: Award Design

Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of expert judges and awards will be announced at the Guelph Urban Design Gala (Postponed until further notice).

Submission requirements

Submissions must include:

  • Maximum two-page summary describing the project and highlighting its urban design merits. Including an outline of the project’s positive contributions to the City of Guelph, and how it reflects Guelph’s commitment to becoming a net-zero carbon community by 2050.
  • Where the project is located
  • Category being submitted for
  • Images and photographs – up to 10 high-resolution (300dpi) source images and photographs. File size cannot exceed 15MB per file.
  • All materials must be uploaded to the website. No hardcopies are required.

Categories and eligibility

The winners of each category will receive an Award of Excellence certificate and a physical award. Honorable mentions for each category will also be acknowledged with an Award of Merit.

A project or components of a project may be submitted under more than one category.

The jury has the discretion to decide not to present an award in a category or to re-allocate entries into another category.

Applications must adhere to the following requirements:

  • Projects must have been completed after January 1, 2008
  • Projects must be located in the city of Guelph
  • Projects must be substantially constructed/occupied.
  • Projects submitted for the ‘Place-making’ and ‘Urban Design Plans/Visions’ categories must be complete but not necessarily built.

Adaptive Re-use/Heritage Conservation

About the category

Eligible submissions for this category include:  the rehabilitation and restoration of an existing building(s) to its former condition or the rehabilitation of an existing building(s) for a purpose other than what it was originally designed for. All building types are eligible, including mixed use, residential, commercial, institutional or industrial, regardless of whether they are new construction projects or the restoration or transformation of an existing building.Examples include:

  • Major additions to older buildings
  • Heritage facade restoration
  • Adaptive reuse or rehabilitation of industrial buildings

Criteria for Award

Successful submissions will:

  • Clearly describe how the design project enhances the existing structure and creatively resolves challenges while demonstrating a sensitive understanding of the neighbourhood context and enhancing the urban fabric of the neighbourhood
  • Demonstrate how the project contributes to the City’s goals to be a net zero carbon community by 2050 with consideration for energy efficiency, sustainability, adaptability and resiliency.
  • Represent quality of execution and success in massing, orientation, scale, materiality and contextual integration
  • Demonstrate a positive contribution to the public realm

Public Buildings

About the category

Eligible submissions for this category include: A building or a composition of buildings with a primary function to serve the public and/or be largely accessible to the public.Examples include:

  • Education
  • Health care
  • Recreation
  • Cultural
  • Community
  • Civic

Criteria for Award

Successful submissions will:

  • Describe how the project demonstrates urban design and architectural excellence through a positive relationship to the public realm with consideration to pedestrian amenity, massing, detailing, and landscaping
  • Highlight how the project contributes to successful city-building through its contextual relationship and design quality
  • Demonstrate how the project contributes to the City’s goals to be a net zero carbon community by 2050 with consideration for energy efficiency, sustainability, adaptability and resiliency
  • Represent quality of execution and success in massing, orientation, scale, materiality and contextual integration

Private Buildings and Developments

About the category

Eligible submissions for this category include: A private building or composition of buildings, that achieve(s) urban design excellence and is precedent setting for a project of its type through its relationship to the public realm. This category consists of three sub-categories that reflect a range of scales:

  • Residential
  • Commercial/Employment
  • Mixed Use

Criteria for Award

Successful submissions will:

  • Highlight how the project contributes to successful city-building through its contextual relationship and design quality
  • Demonstrate a positive contribution to the public realm
  • Exhibit consideration to pedestrian amenity, massing, detailing, and landscaping
  • Demonstrate how the project contributes to the City’s goals to be a net zero carbon community by 2050 with consideration for energy efficiency, sustainability, adaptability and resiliency
  • Represent quality of execution and success in massing, orientation, scale, materiality and contextual integration

Open Space/Public Space/Green Infrastructure

About the category

Eligible submissions for this category include: Open spaces, public spaces and green infrastructure projects that contribute to the public realm and the natural environment. Examples include:

  • Courtyards
  • Plazas
  • Low impact development projects
  • Forecourts
  • Gardens
  • Trails
  • Mews
  • Parks
  • Streets/streetscapes
  • Bridges

Criteria for Award

Successful submissions will:

  • Exhibit careful attention and consideration to context, community, sustainability, flexibility and adaptability over time
  • Demonstrate how the project contributes to the City’s goals to be a net zero carbon community by 2050 with consideration for energy efficiency, sustainability, adaptability and resiliency
  • Represent quality of execution and success in orientation, scale, materiality and contextual integration
  • Demonstrate a positive contribution to the public realm

Placemaking

About the category

Eligible submissions for this category include: Stand-alone objects, public art installations, landscape elements or small-scale building components that contribute to the public realm. Examples include:

  • Tactical urbanism
  • Street furnishings
  • Canopies
  • Signage
  • Porches
  • Patios
  • Colonnades
  • Stairways
  • Barrier-free access
  • Gateways
  • Light fixtures
  • Walkways
  • Fences
  • Work of art
  • Doorways
  • Railings
  • Facades

Criteria for Award

Successful submissions will:

  • Include an element of community involvement
  • Reinforce the human scale and enhance the character of the surrounding area
  • Add amenity and enhance the public experience by contributing to the quality of the environment
  • Represent an innovative solution that embodies the principles of universal design
  • Demonstrate how the project contributes to the City’s goals to be a net zero carbon community by 2050 with consideration for energy efficiency, sustainability, adaptability and resiliency
  • Represent quality of execution and success in massing, orientation, scale, materiality and contextual integration

Urban Design Plans and Visions

About the category

Eligible submissions for this category include: Visions, studies and master plans that have the potential to significantly impact the future of Guelph. These may include plans have not yet been executed or built.Examples include:

  • Theoretical and visionary projects
  • Secondary plans
  • Master plans
  • Streetscape plans
  • Neighbourhood designs
  • Campus plans
  • Hospital Masterplans

Criteria for Award

Successful submissions will:

  • Demonstrate how the project contributes to the City’s goals to be a net zero carbon community by 2050 with consideration for energy efficiency, sustainability, adaptability and resiliency
  • Demonstrate a positive relationship to the public realm
  • Clearly presenting the plan and vision including the clarity of writing, layout and graphics

For more information

David deGroot, Senior Urban Designer
Planning and Building Services
519-519-822-1260 extension 2358
[email protected]

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