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Quebec Urban Design Keeping Well

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Three Quebec projects have been recognised by the 2008 National Urban Design Awards, organised by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects.

This contest recognises excellence in urban design and architecture, and awards prizes to companies and projects that improve the quality of life in Canadian cities.

The Campus Outremont in Montreal, designed by the Groupe Cardinal Hardy, in collaboration with Provencher Roy + Associés architectes, received an award in the Conceptual/Theoretical Urban Design Plans category. This project consisted of the expansion of the Université de Montréal beyond the territorial limits of its campus, honouring its commitment to the preservation of Mount Royal's natural historical heritage.

Making the Edible Campus, in Montreal, created by the Minimum Cost Housing Group on the site of McGill University's School of Architecture, took the prize in the Urban Fragments category. This is a project that integrated urban gardens within concrete infrastructures.

And lastly, a certificate of merit was awarded in the Urban Architecture category to the Biology Pavilion at the UQAM, designed by Saia Barbarese Topouzanov architectes, in consortium with Tétrault Langedoc architectes.