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‘Big River Landscape’ wins the National Capital Commission’s Nepean Point Redevelopment design competition

Team Rosenberg’s design concept – ‘Big River Landscape’ – has been selected as the winner of a prestigious international design competition that proposes the redevelopment of Nepean Point into an enhanced public park and major destination at the heart of the Capital. The design team is made up of Janet Rosenberg & Studio Inc. with Patkau Architects, Blackwell Structural Engineers, and ERA Architects Inc.

On Thursday, October 5th four shortlisted proposals were presented at the National Capital Commission’s Urbanism Lab, followed by a period of public feedback through the NCC’s website. The winning scheme was announced on November 23rd, 2017.

Taking full advantage of dramatic natural topography, exposure to the elements, and a panoramic vista, ‘Big River Landscape’ envisions Nepean Point as the premier place in the Capital region to immerse the senses in the experience and drama of the Ottawa River valley, an ancient and continuing cultural landscape that is deeply associated with the layered histories that tie all peoples of Canada to this land, and which also defines our evolving identities as we shape our collective future. Envisioned as an inclusive public place, the design seeks to give a voice to various actors and histories, each one connected to Nepean Point in a meaningful way: the land, the river, First Nations, the Parliamentary and Federal landscape of the capital, artists, visitors experiencing the site, and all Canadians.

‘Big River Landscape’ envisions a significant new public destination, contributing to the restoration of the sense of the river as the heart of the National Capital Region within the collective imagination of Canadians. It also proposes important new connections to surrounding open spaces and federal institutions, including the National Gallery of Canada, and Major’s Hill Park.

ERA is thrilled at the chance to continue to collaborate on this important new public space for all peoples.

ERA’s team includes: Michael McClelland, Victoria Angel and Brendan Stewart, and as a sub to ERA: Lisa Prosper Heritage Consultant.

More from theNational Capital Commission on the ‘Big River Landscape’ scheme: http://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/our-projects/nepean-point-redevelopment/big-river-landscape

NCC website announcement: http://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/our-projects/nepean-point-redevelopment

Youtube Video of the NCC Public Board of Directors Meeting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UV_Th_HDRcE – t=01h52m32s

Ottawa Citizen article: http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/nepean-point-winner-announced-milestone-meeting-on-lebreton-flats-expected-january

CBC Coverage: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/nepean-point-redesign-big-river-landscape-redevelopment-1.4415946

Ottawa Start post: https://ottawastart.com/ncc-reveals-proposed-redesign-for-nepean-point/

Renderings courtesy of The Flat Side of Design