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Dome, cave or quantic geoid? Vote for your favourite solar bus shelter design

A Concordia research project tackles sustainability through public art
June 17, 2016
By Cléa Desjardins

A project to help raise awareness around climate change is under way at Concordia, and it’s about to reach beyond the university’s walls.

Teams of designers, engineers, planners and architects — all students and young professionals — have reimagined the shuttle bus shelter on the university's Loyola Campus using solar energy.

The teams were 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 university’s electrical grid.

From June 16 to 29, the public has the chance to help make the Loyola Campus a little bit greener by voting on which design they like best.

The winning team will receive a cash prize and the Popular Vote Award. They will also be in the running against the other submissions from teams around the world for the grand prize — the chance to work closely with a group of academics, professionals and researchers to realize their design in early 2017.

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 also be available to the team with the winning design.

The launch of the finished project will take place in conjunction with Montreal's 375th anniversary celebrations.

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.

Carmela Cucuzzella Carmela Cucuzzella

The Loyola shuttle bus shelter design competition is just the beginning, says Carmela Cucuzzella, associate 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 help design a series of art-based installations that reflect on sustainable living in Montreal.

“The long-term plan is to build an urban narrative using these installations along the length of Sherbrooke Street which will contribute to climate change awareness,” she says.

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


From June 16 to 29, vote for your favourite Loyola Campus solar-powered bus shelter design.


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