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Design competition: $1,750 for a winning Loyola Campus solar bus shelter proposal

A Concordia research project raises awareness of climate change through art installations
April 15, 2016
By Hélène Bauer

“My hope for this project is that people will be able to imagine a future that’s hopeful and based on abundance,” says Cheryl Gladu, a PhD student at Concordia, and Collaboratoire team member. PhD student and Collaboratoire team member Cheryl Gladu: “We’re using design to engage people with the issue of climate change at a local level.”

A project to help raise awareness around climate change is under way at Concordia, but it won’t stay enclosed within the university’s walls.

Teams of designers, engineers, planners and architects are being asked to reimagine the shuttle bus shelter on the university's Loyola Campus using solar energy.

The competition is part of Collaboratoire, a research project that aims to use the city as a place of intervention and observation to raise awareness around issues related to climate change.

The call for project proposals launches today, April 15, and closes on June 15. The competition is open to students and new professionals.

Submissions will be exhibited in a collective show and included on the Canadian Competitions Catalogue and the Collaboratoire website after the winner is announced.


The winning team will receive $1,750 and work closely with a group of academics, professionals and researchers to realize their design in early 2017. The maximum allowable budget for building the shelter is $23,000. The launch of the finished project will take place in conjunction with Montreal's 375th anniversary celebrations.

Teams are encouraged to incorporate the use of solar power centrally in the design, or simply as a means to power the project without reliance on the grid.

Thanks to a partnership with the NSERC Smart Net-zero Energy Buildings Strategic Research Network, headquartered at Concordia, technical assistance to realize the project's solar components will be available to the team with the winning design. 

Carmela Cucuzzella Carmela Cucuzzella

The Loyola bus shelter design competition is just the beginning, says Carmela Cucuzzella, assistant professor in the Department of Design and Computation Arts, who initiated Collaboratoire through her new position as Concordia University Research Chair in Integrated Design, Ecology and Sustainability for the Built Environment (IDEAS-BE).

In the coming months, designers, professionals and students will be invited to contribute to a series of art-based installations that reflect on sustainable living in Montreal. “The idea is to build this narrative along Sherbrooke Street that will eventually make a true story about climate change awareness,” she says.

Cheryl Gladu, an interdisciplinary PhD student in the Individualized Program at Concordia, and Collaboratoire team member, says the hope is that the project will inspire people to imagine a better future.

“We’re using design to engage people with the issue of climate change at a local level.”

Submit a project proposal
 for the Loyola Campus bus shelter by June 15, 2016.


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