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Mayor's Urban Design Awards: Submit a project

To make a submission to the Mayor’s Urban Design Awards 2017 (MUDA), please complete the
submission en​try form​​ along with your submission (see application requirements). ​

The City of Calgary will accept entries until 4 p.m. on September 5, 2017 for the Mayor's Urban Design Awards in the 12 categories described below.​

Conceptual or Theoretical Urban Design Projects

This category is for a plan or a study within Calgary that provides a strategy for urban transformation that has no official construction status. The strategy must not be short-term. Urban design studies, charrettes (intensive, multi-day sessions where designers, architects, engineers, subject matter experts, key stakeholders and community representatives collaborate on creating designs for a defined area), master plans, redevelopment strategies and community plans of high inspirational value may be submitted.

Eligibility:

The plan or study must have been completed after Jan. 1, 2007; however, it should not yet have been implemented.

Award criteria:

  • Comprehensiveness: The plan or study addresses a wide a range of factors affecting development.
  • Innovative approach: Proposals that highlight new ideas and/or approaches to interventions in the city.
  • Clarity of presentation: Understandable, readable and well-illustrated graphically.

Approved or Adopted Urban Design Plans

This category is for an urban design plan or study that has been approved or adopted by The City, and physical changes have started to occur.

Eligibility:

The plan, project, or study must have been approved after Jan. 1, 2007. There should be concrete examples of physical changes to the urban landscape.

Award criteria:

  • Evidence of success: Examples of quality improvements to the urban landscape.
  • Creative resolution: Proposed solutions that successfully address multiple objectives and competing interests.
  • Acceptance of the plan by the community: Evidence that the community supports the plan and its implementation.

Urban Architecture

This category is for a building or group of buildings that contribute to an urban design initiative. The project should be of high architectural standard that achieves urban design excellence through its unique relationship with its immediate surroundings, massing and pedestrian amenities. The project will also contribute to defining a special relationship with the neighbouring community.

Eligibility:

A new building, a renovated building or complex of buildings completed or installed after Jan. 1, 2007, within the municipal boundaries of the city of Calgary, and designed by an architect.

Award criteria:

  • Compatibility with the urban initiative.
  • Positive contribution to the public realm.
  • Architectural excellence.
  • Demonstration of the value of urban design by showing how the urban design plan directed and influenced the building.

Civic Design Projects

This category is for civic improvement projects such as a park, public space or civil engineering infrastructure which have been implemented as the result of an urban design plan or initiative.

Eligibility:

A construction project completed or installed after Jan. 1, 2007 within the municipal boundaries of the city of Calgary, and designed by an architect, landscape architect or engineer.

Award criteria:

  • Compatibility with the urban plan.
  • Positive contribution to the public realm.
  • Design excellence.
  • Demonstration of the value of urban design by showing how the plan or initiative directed and influenced the space or the objects.

Urban Fragments

Projects in this category involve a single, small-scale piece of a building or landscape that contributes significantly to the quality of the public realm. This category includes modest elements such as street furniture, lighting, interpretation media, memorials, public art or other form of intervention that contribute to the enjoyment and appreciation of the urban environment. Projects can be of a temporary or permanent nature.

Eligibility:

Completed or installed after January 1, 2007 within the municipal boundaries of the city of Calgary.

Award criteria:

  • Positive contribution to the public realm.
  • Design excellence.
  • Innovation and uniqueness.

Community Improvement Projects

This category is for any built project, however modest, initiated and implemented by a community-based organization that enhances the public realm. Examples include streetscapes, public art, special installations, environmental initiatives and a banner program.

Eligibility:

The improvement must have been completed after Jan. 1, 2007.

Award criteria:

  • Wide community involvement: Demonstration of how the community was involved and supported the improvements.
  • Positive contribution to the public realm.
  • Conceptual clarity and execution of the improvement.
  • Innovation and uniqueness of the built project.

Student Projects

A student project is an urban design project established jointly by The City and a local school or faculty within a university and carried out after September 2009. The City and the university will select a maximum of five student projects that are to be submitted for adjudication by the jury.

Eligibility:

This category is open to students in urban design, architecture, landscape architecture and urban planning at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Award criteria:

  • Comprehensiveness: Addressing a wide range of factors affecting development and providing solutions to the stated problem.
  • Conceptual clarity and urban design excellence, as demonstrated in the illustrations showing physical improvements.
  • Clarity of presentation: Understandable, readable and well-illustrated graphically.

The Mawson Urban Design Award

Thomas Hayton Mawson was an English landscape architect and town planner. In 1913, Mawson was commissioned by The City of Calgary to design a plan for the city's future development. An ambitious but unrealized concept, Images from Calgary: A Preliminary Scheme for Controlling the Growth of the City, now resides at the Canadian Architectural Archives in the University of Calgary library.

This category is for an individual building or a composition of buildings that achieve urban design excellence and creativity through awareness of the Calgary context. Submissions should document and highlight how the building(s) contribute to successful city-building through a contextual relationship. Examples include a residential infill building, a mixed-use or main street building, or a building addition or renovation.

Eligibility:

All types of buildings are eligible. This could be a landmark, background piece, new construction or a restoration/transformation. The project must have been completed after January 1, 2007 and be within the municipal boundaries of the city of Calgary.

Award criteria:

  • Quality of achievements over time.
  • Innovative solutions to significant or complex revitalization problems.
  • Positive contribution to the public realm.
  • Special identity for the area based on the rich architectural heritage.
  • Design excellence.
  • Demonstration of the value of urban design by showing how the Calgary context directed the influenced the plan.
  • Architectural excellence.

*Please note: Not eligible for submission to the National Royal Architectural Institute of Canada RAIC Awards.

City Edge Development

This category is for plans, studies, architecture, landscape designs and site elements that respond specifically to the challenges and opportunities presented on sites located in all recently developed and newly developing areas of the city.

Eligibility:

The plan, study, or design must have been completed after January 2005; it may or may not yet have been implemented.

Award criteria:

  • Comprehensiveness: Addressing a wide a range of challenges and/or approaches to development outside the established areas of the City.
  • Innovative approach: Proposals that highlight new ideas and/or approaches to design and development at the outer edges of the city.
  • Clarity of presentation: Understandable and readable; clearly described and well-illustrated graphically.

Great City, Great Design

This category is for building and infrastructure designs, urban design plans, landscape designs, planning studies, and individual site elements which contribute to the improvement of the quality of life in Calgary. Particularly, the award focuses on designs which provide opportunities for positive improvements to Calgarians’ health and well-being through things like improved walkability, accessibility, and overall enjoyment of the city.

Eligibility:

The plan, study, or design must have been completed after January 2005; it may or may not yet have been implemented. It can be proposed on any site within The City of Calgary.

Award criteria:

  • Innovative approach: Proposals that highlight new ideas and/or approaches to design which improve Calgarians’ quality of life.
  • Clarity of presentation: Understandable and readable; clearly described and well-illustrated graphically.

*Please note: Not eligible for submission to the National RAIC Awards.

Green City

The Green City Award recognizes sustainable design practices that seek to reduce energy and resource consumption of buildings while achieving urban design excellence and related social benefits of a project.

Eligibility:

Projects recognized from The City of Calgary’s Sustainable Development Inventory will be considered, as well as those submitted for the Mayor’s Urban Design Awards. If you have not done so, complete a for the project. The project must have been completed after January 1, 2007 and be within the municipal boundaries of the city of Calgary.

Award criteria:

  • A wide range of criteria from the sustainable development inventory will be considered, including:
    • Sustainable building certification (such as LEED, Green Globes, etc.)
    • Application of Transit Oriented Development practices
    • Water efficiency and stormwater management
    • Use of renewable energy technologies
    • Energy efficiency
    • Recycling
  • Innovative approach: Projects that highlight innovation in sustainable design
  • Positive public experience and promoting the use of alternative means of transportation (cycling, pedestrian experience, etc.)
  • Quality of design and aesthetic integration of sustainable features
  • Clarity of presentation: Understandable and readable; clearly described and well-illustrated graphically

Housing Innovation

This category is for residential design projects, constructed or approved, of any size or scale, which demonstrate innovation in the areas of neighbourhood intensification, accessibility, affordability, and “aging in place”. Particularly, the award focuses on designs which contribute to providing creative solutions to the problem of housing affordability, providing improved livability for seniors, and providing simple, viable housing design options for those citizens facing mobility challenges.

Eligibility:

A building or complex of buildings approved or completed construction after Jan. 1, 2007 within the municipal boundaries of the City of Calgary.

Award criteria:

  • Exhibits innovations which address one or more of the challenging design issues listed above.
  • Illustrates an awareness of and response to existing surrounding context.
  • Contributes to the public realm in a positive way.
  • Strives to achieve a high quality of life for its occupants through design innovation

People’s Choice

We want to hear from you. Check out our posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram​ from September 19 - October 3 to choose your favourite building or public space. Your favourite may win.​

Application requirements

Format summary

Submissions for the Mayor’s Urban Design Awards 2017 should be sent both in hard copy and on a CD, or USB along with the completed entry f​orm​​. Printed copies (in black ink only) of a written one-page submission description should be sent on a 8.5 in. x 11 in. white sheet of paper along with submission images mounted on a maximum of two 11 in. x 17 in. foam core boards to help visually display the submission.

One or two presentation​ boards

Present all entries mounted horizontally on a maximum of two unframed rigid boards, each measuring 11 in. x 17 in. (280 mm x 432 mm), with board numbers (1, 2) marked on the back. You can present projects using any graphic or photographic technique which best illustrates its merits. We will not accept models but will accept photographs of models. Boards should not bear the names of the architects, landscape architects, designers or artists. However, the project name and address may appear on the boards.

One CD or USB ​containing

A Microsoft Word file of project information including:

  • Name of project
  • Address/site
  • Architect/landscape architect/designer/artist
  • Owner/developer
  • A description of the project and its merits

Maximum one page (8.5 in x 11 in). Use Arial size 12 as the standard font. Label the CD with project name and address.

One descriptio​n sheet

Please provide a printout of the above noted Word file with the following information only:

  • Project name
  • Address/site
  • A description of the project and its merits, without credits to authors of the project

Digital Im​ages (JPEGs)

All images used in the submission must be included digitally on a PC-compatible CD.

Each image must be saved in two resolutions; a high resolution version for publication purposes and a low resolution version for jury adjudication. Images must be stored in corresponding folders labeled “High Resolution” and “Low Resolution.”

Electronic images must comply with the following specifications:

  • Only JPEG image-format saved at a high quality and low compression setting are acceptable. Low quality/high compression JPEGs will not be accepted.
  • High resolution images must be 300 dpi, and approximately 4200 x 3150 pixels. Low resolution images must be 72 dpi and have a maximum size of approximately 1024 x 768 pixels.
  • All illustrations images should be in RGB color mode (CMYK will not be accepted).
  • All file names are composed of a number followed by a title. Single digit numbers must start with zero "0" (ex.: "01title.jpg"… "09title.jpg", "10title.jpg"). Do not use punctuation or symbols in the titles.
  • Compressed archive files (.zip, .sit) will not be accepted.

Entry fee ​of $100

Entry fee is $100 for each project. Please make a cheque payable to The City of Calgary. Do not send cash. Attach the cheque to the submission with the official entry form as described below.

Entry fees are waived for students. Please provide the name of school, year of project and program in which you are enrolled.

Submission e​ntry form

Fill out the submission e​ntry form​​. On the back of the first presentation board, in an unmarked envelope, attach the entry form and the $100 entry fee. Please note that providing accurate and complete project credits is the full responsibility of the applicant.

The City of Calgary will retain ownership of all submitted boards and materials and may use them in displays, electronic or otherwise. City of Calgary staff must receive your submissions no later than 4 p.m., September 5, 2017.​

Delivery of your submissions

In person:
Label it accordingly (Attn: Mayor's Urban Design Awards 2017) and drop it off at the Planning and Development third floor customer service counter, Calgary Municipal Building​.

or

Courier:
The City of Calgary
Attn: Mayor's Urban Design Awards 2017
800 Macleod Trail SE
Mail Code #8075
Calgary, Alberta
T2P 2M5

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