Three fourth year Urbanism students won first place in the first inaugural Ontario Urban Design Competition hosted in London, Ontario. Team IMBUE members included Michelle Blom, Ranee Leung, and Rui Zou. The province wide competition attracted entries from programs in urban design, architecture, landscape design, and environmental design to make oral and visual presentations to industry professionals and adjudicators. The group competed amongst twelve other selected entrants from colleges and universities across Ontario to propose a development for London’s new SoHo located at the former London Health Sciences Centre’s South Street Campus.
The winning proposal was a tactical urban design strategy that envisioned programmatic elements of ecological regeneration, brownfield remediation, water filtration of the Thames River, re-purposing heritage infrastructure and promoting a public and civic corridor.
The judging panel included: Patrick Condon, University of British Columbia professor and author of Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities; Diana Birchall, program manager, City of Toronto; Trevor McIntyre, director of IBI Group, Toronto; Martha Powell, president and chief executive officer, Community London Foundation; Tim Turner, partner at Baker Turner Inc., Mississauga. The event was hosted in association with the City of London, London Community Foundation, the Canadian Association of Planning Technicians, CBRE, MHBC Planning Consultants, FOTENN Planning Consultants and the Ontario Professional Planners Institute.
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