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Mayor's Urban Design Awards: enter a project

To make a submission to the Mayor’s Urban Design Awards 2019 (MUDA), please complete the submission en​try form​​ along with your submission (see submission requirements).​

MUDA 2019: Award Submission Categories

1. 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, 2009, however, it should not yet have been implemented.

Award criteria:

  • Addresses a wide a range of factors affecting development.
  • Highlight new ideas and/or approaches to interventions in the city.
  • Design rationale should be clearly described and well-illustrated.

2. Urban Design Plans

This category of Award will recognize a plan or a study of a significant area within a Canadian municipality that provides a development or redevelopment strategy for urban transformation in the mid-term to long-term. Urban Design studies, master plans, redevelopment strategies, and community plans of high inspirational value with the potential for significant impact on the city’s sustainability or development may be submitted.

Eligibility:

The plan or study must have been completed after January 1, 2011.

Award criteria:

The primary criteria for assessing the merit of the plan will be:

  • Comprehensiveness – addressing a wide a range of factors affecting development including energy efficiency and other environmental factors.
  • Innovative approach – proposals that highlight new ideas and/or approaches to interventions in the city.
  • Clarity of presentation – understandable, readable and well-illustrated graphically.

3. Urban Architecture

This category of Award will recognize a building or group of buildings that contribute to, and support, an urban design initiative. The submission may be for an individual building or group of buildings, of high architectural standard, which achieve urban design excellence through their unique relationship with their immediate surroundings because of siting, massing, and pedestrian amenities. The building(s) will also contribute to defining a special relationship with the neighbouring urban fabric. Interior spaces can be included if they have a strong relationship to/influence on the public realm and meet the criteria.

Eligibility:

A new building, a renovated building, or complex of buildings completed after January 1, 2011 within the city of Calgary and designed by a registered architect. Special consideration will be given to buildings that also achieve, or can achieve, a green building rating (such as LEED® or BREEAM). This category is open only to registered architects.

Award criteria:

  • Positive contribution to the public realm.
  • Architectural excellence.
  • Demonstration of the value of urban design through their unique relationship. with/influence on/creation of public realm.
  • Design rationale should be clearly described and well-illustrated.

4. Civic Design Projects

This category of Award will recognize a civic improvement project such as a park, a public space, civil engineering or environmental infrastructure, street furniture and lighting elements, etc. which have been implemented as the result of an urban design plan or initiative.

Eligibility:

A construction project completed or installed after January 1, 2011 within the boundaries of a Canadian municipality, and designed by an architect, landscape architect, a registered planner, or an engineer. This category is open to registered design professionals (architects, engineers, registered planners, and landscape architects).

Award criteria:

The primary criteria for assessing the merit of the plan will be:

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

5. Urban Fragments

Urban fragments are single, small-scale pieces of a building or landscape that contribute significantly to the quality of the public realm. This category includes small and modest elements such as street furniture, lighting elements, interpretation media, memorials, public art, or other forms of intervention that contribute to the beautification, sustainability, enjoyment, and/or appreciation of the urban environment. Projects can be of a temporary (but not ephemeral) or permanent nature but installed after January 1, 2011.

Eligibility:

Completed or installed after January 1, 2011 within the city of Calgary.

Award criteria:

The primary criteria for assessing the proposals will be:

  • Positive contribution to the public realm.
  • Design excellence.
  • Innovation and uniqueness of the element.
  • Design rationale should be clearly described and well-illustrated. 

6. Community Inititatives Award

This category is for any built project, however modest, initiated and implemented by a community-based organization that enhances the public realm. Streetscaping, public art, commemorative or interpretive installations, and environmental initiatives are examples of this category.​

Eligibility:

The improvement must have been completed after January 1, 2011 within the city of Calgary.

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.
  • Design rationale should be clearly described and well-illustrated.

7. 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, 2011 within city of Calgary.

Award criteria:

  • Innovation in responses to existing context, sensitive infill, and revitalization.
  • Positive contribution to the public realm.
  • Enhancement of community identity.
  • Demonstration of the influence of local context on the design outcome.
  • Design excellence.
  • Design and contextual-fit rationale should be clearly described and well-illustrated.

8. City Edge Development

This category is for site 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 2011 and be located or proposed within the city of Calgary; it may or may not yet have been implemented. All project types are eligible, including large and medium retail and multi-residential designs.

Award criteria:

  • Innovation in addressing challenges specific to sites in new and developing communities.
  • Demonstration of attention to issues of scale, animation, connectivity, accessibility, interface between public and private realm and other key urban design principles; in particular, evidence of place-making and prioritization of the pedestrian realm should be highlighted.
  • Presents new approaches to design and development at the outer edges of the city.
  • Design rationale should be clearly described and well-illustrated.

9. 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, for example, improved walkability, accessibility, equity and positive social impacts.

Eligibility:

The plan, study, or design must have been completed after January 2011 and be located or proposed within the City of Calgary; it may or may not yet have been implemented.

Award criteria:

  • ​Innovative approach: Proposals that highlight new ideas and/or approaches to design which improve equity and provide opportunities for healthy living.
  • Design rationale should be clearly described and well-illustrated.

10. 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 sustainable development inventory form for the project. The project must have been completed after January 1, 2011 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 storm water management.
    • 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.
  • Design rationale should be clearly described and well-illustrated.

11. 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 January 1, 2011 within 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
  • Supports social outcomes and/or community well-being through partnerships or collaboration.
  • Design rationale should be clearly described and well-illustrated.

12. Student Projects

Student Submissions:

This category is open to students in urban design, architecture, landscape architecture and urban planning or other design program at the undergraduate or graduate level. Projects should be theoretical or studio projects set in, or relating to, Calgary. 

Prior to review by the jury, submissions will be screened by an advisory committee from the respective institution.

Students should submit directly to Pia Novello in person or by courier as per the instructions at the bottom of this page.


Eligibility:

​Projects should investigate sites or be implementable on sites within the city of Calgary.

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.
  • Design rationale should be clearly described and well-illustrated.

Application requirements

Format summary:

Submissions for the Mayor’s Urban Design Awards 2019 should be sent both online and on a USB or CD along with the completed entry fee.

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 or USB 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 or USB.

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 entry form​ and submit 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 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 9, 2019.

Delivery of your submissions

In person:
Label it accordingly (Attn: PIa Novello c/o Mayor's Urban Design Awards 2019) and drop it off at the Planning and Development third floor customer service counter, Calgary Municipal Building​.

or

Courier:
The City of Calgary
Mayor's Urban Design Awards 2019​
Attn: Pia Novello
800 Macleod Trail SE
Mail Code #8075
Calgary, Alberta T2P 2M5 ​​​​​​​​​​​

 
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