Creation, innovation and critique, a social housing competition

  • Phase I participation : 10 Canadian schools, 35 teams, and 118 students.
  • Phase I - L.e.a.p. researchers seleted 15 teams to proceed to Phase II.
  • The projects of the 15 selected teams were on display at l'Université de Montréal's Centre d'exposition from October 15th to November 2nd 2006 - Download poster HERE
  • There was a public discussion on social housing and the student projects with jury members on Saturday October 14th at 1:30pm.
  • See the names of the 6 jury members - HERE
  • A vernissage was held on Saturday October 14th, 2006 at 4:30pm.


Rethinking and Redefining Social Housing in the City Centre

Vancouver – Edmonton – Calgary – Régina – Winnipeg – Ottawa – Toronto – Montréal - Québec - Halifax

The Laboratoire d’étude de l’architecture potentielle (L.e.a.p.) Research Group of the School of Architecture at l’Université de Montréal is pleased to announce their 2006 Student Research/Creation Competition: Rethinking and Redefining Social Housing in the City Centre.
Led by Professor Anne Cormier, as part of a Research/Creation Grant funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the L.e.a.p. competition program challenges teams of architecture students to think about social housing as a space for creation, innovation and criticism in our Canadian city centres. The competition is an opportunity for students to reflect upon and redefine affordable housing in Canadian downtown cores and to de remunerated for their efforts.
Fifteen teams, of 3 or 4 students each, will be chosen to participate in this Research/Creation competition which is open to Master Students at Canadian universities. Eligible students must be admitted to or attending an accredited architecture school in Canada or have graduated in fall 2005 or winter 2006.

$40 000 will be distributed amongst fifteen selected teams, including $2000 to each team that completes the second phase of the competition. Additionally, prizes will be awarded to the laureate projects.

$5000 to the top team
$3000 to the second place team
$2000 to the third place team.

An international jury, made up of prominent professionals in the fields of design, architectural theory, social services, and public policy will evaluate the entries. Not only will the projects be exhibited in Montreal, they will also be published in the Canadian Competitions Catalogue.

Jury deliberations, an exhibition, and a public presentation of the student projects will take place as part of a public discussion on Social Housing and City Centres to be held at l’Université de Montréal, on October 14th, 2006.

October 14 , 2006 - Winners were announced!


The work submitted by students participating in this competition remains the intellectual property of its authors. However, upon submission of their work, teams agree to the unlimited reproduction of their projects by l’Université de Montréal and the L.e.a.p. Research Laboratory. It is also understood that the projects submitted become part of a research project and will be the subject of analysis beyond the tenure of the competition itself. In addition, the projects will become part of the Canadian Competitions Catalogue database, accessible via the Internet and available to a larger audience for research and pedagogical purposes. All submissions to this competition must be the original work of participants. Work completed as part of a professional mandate or an academic design studio will not be accepted.

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Introduction Goals & Description Rules & Structure Timeline Phase I Phase II Jury Q/A Addresses Results
Laboratoire d'Étude de l'Architecture Potentielle