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In the light of its successful first edition, the Design Montreal Open House is back on May 3 and 4, this time with a much greater number of participants.

This event, organised by Design Montréal, invites the public to visit, free of charge, many Montreal design offices and locations that have made waves in national and international competitions (one of which is the Créativité Montréal Contest). This is also an opportunity for Design Montréal to bring awareness to the Unesco City of Design nomination.

Once again, Montrealers can meet the creators of award-winning projects: architects, landscape architects, urban planners, interior designers, industrial designers, graphic designers and fashion designers. They will be at their place of work to present their achievements and answer questions. Visitors can also tour award-winning projects with the architects and designers, as well as certain locations devoted to design.

This year, 61 participants are registered, 15 more than in 2007, and 15 award-winning locations have agreed to open their doors. Visiting hours will be from noon to 5 p.m. on May 3 and 4, and a free shuttle service will be available to bring visitors to locations in the city's surrounding areas.

Atelier Big City, Daoust Lestage architecture design urbain, Groupe Cardinal Hardy, Provencher Roy and Smith Vigeant architectes are among the 24 architectural, urban design and interior design firms that will welcome visitors. As for landscape architecture, don't miss Claude Cormier Landscape Architects and the team at La Vie en Vert. Other participants will include Materia Design, interior designer René Desjardins, companies such as Alto Design and Morelli Designers, as well as Orangetango, Moment Factory and Sid Lee.

Free guides for the Open House are available at borough libraries and cultural centres. It will also be delivered with most newspapers the weekend prior to the event and is equally available on the Design Montréal website. This guide lists all sites, locations, businesses, designer studios and architect offices where, in addition to opening their doors, the creators will offer their own guided tour.

On Saturday, May 3 at 8 p.m., a special edition of Pecha Kucha Night will be held at the SAT to honour newcomers and emerging design practices. Open Form Architecture, Jean-Maxime Labrèque, Mouna Andraos, Studio FEED, Etienne Hotte, atelier SYN, Denis Gagnon, Omen, Samare and Santropol roulant will succeed one another in a 6-minute, 40-second video presentation of 20 images lasting 20 seconds each.