Montréal was in the limelight recently in Shenzhen, China, where it was celebrated as one of the world’s top design cities, along with Berlin, Germany, and Saint-Étienne, France.
Left to right: Fady Atallah (Daily tous les jours), Thomas-Eric Beliveau (Bornéo), Mouna Andraos (Daily tous les jours), Melissa Mongiat (Daily tous les jours), Stéphanie Jecroix (Design Commissioner, Bureau du design, City of Montréal), Maud-Andrée Lefebvre (Québec’s representative in Beijing).
The Shenzhen Design Awards were officially presented in the Chinese city on March 17 and 18, in the presence of Québec’s representative in Beijing, Maud-Andrée Lefebvre.
Montréal was rewarded in the category “City with the highest number of winners and/or having provided the most support and cooperation to the City of Shenzhen in organizing the competition.”
An interactive installation called 21 Swings, by Mouna Andraos and Melissa Mongiat of the design studio Daily tous les jours, was chosen from 150 entries from 16 creative cities for the Grand Award, worth US$30,000. The daring and unusual urban project has been installed at Montréal’s Place des Festivals, in the Entertainment District, for the past few summers.
Eau de source urbaine, by a collective called Bornéo, won a US$5,000 Merit Award. The project allowed Montrealers to quench their thirst at a fire hydrant, thanks to an innovative device.
In June 2006, Montréal was designated a UNESCO City of Design and became a member of the Creative Cities Network, launched by the UN agency in 2004. The Network currently has 41 member cities in seven areas of creativity (crafts and folk art, media arts, film, design, gastronomy, literature and music).
Shenzhen Design Awards
The Shenzhen Design Awards provide recognition for efforts by young designers (age 35 and under) who, through their creativity, have contributed to the enhancement of environmental sustainability, social and economic development and quality of life in cities. This year’s competition drew a total of 150 entries from 16 creative cities.
Montréal, UNESCO City of DesignDaily tous les jours – 21 Swings project
Eau de source urbaine (in French)