Montreal launches design competition for taxi stands

Taxis often provide one of the first impressions of a city. They are part of the “public space” of the city just like buses and other transit. Montreal is holding an ideas competition for taxi stands.

The objectives say a great deal about Montreal and the value it is placing on design in everyday life. This competition follows a recent one for bus shelters and another for public space at the Champ-de-Mars Metro station. Designers in all disciplines are invited to propose innovative solutions for enhancing taxi customers’ and drivers’ experience of this public space they share. A total prize purse of up to $40,000 will be awarded to the competition winners.

“This competition once again demonstrates our administration’s desire to encourage creativity in design and architecture in Montréal, and open up access to public design commissions to a broader range of practitioners,” Helen Fotopulos, member of the city’s executive committee responsible for culture, heritage, design and the status of women, said on Wednesday.

“As a UNESCO City of Design, Montreal is perfectly positioned to ensure enrichment of its public spaces and incorporate them into a vision for the future,” she said.

Manon Barbe, executive committee member responsible for transportation, noted that the taxi industry is trying to refresh its image.

“We want to provide both passengers and drivers with an enjoyable experience that starts with pleasant, user-friendly taxi stands, because these will eventually serve as recharging stations for future electric cars,” she said.

The Le taxi prend ses aires! competition is one of the five shukôs, or creative challenges, that the Mayor of Montréal issued during the Pecha Kucha Night for Elected Officials on September 30, 2008.

The ideas competition is anonymous and open to all design professionals, students or consortiums whose main place of business is in Québec.

It is a single-stage competition.

The proposals will be studied and evaluated by a jury on the basis of the following criteria: quality of the user experience, definition of an identity specific to the waiting area, the innovative and esthetic qualities of the project, its integration into the urban environment, and the atmosphere created by the planned intervention.

Registration is free. Apply at realisonsmontreal.com no later than April 20, 2010.

Source: Communities Canada

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