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2 Nov 2012

Young university graduates to create the Jardin du Québec in China for 2014

La Flotte Project by Catherine Blain and Valéry Simard

Two young graduates from Université de Montréal (UdeM), Catherine Blain and Valéry Simard, both with Bachelor’s degrees in landscape architecture, won the call for proposals issued by the UNESCO Chair on Landscape and Environment at Université de Montréal (CUPEUM) in collaboration with the Ministère des Relations internationales, de la Francophonie et du Commerce extérieur (MRIFCE) and the Québec Government Office in Beijing.

Entitled “La Flotte,” their landscape design for the Jardin du Québec will be laid out at the Quingdao International Horticultural Exposition in China from April to October 2014. The overall approach of the proposal uses a playful fictional account to tackle an important environmental issue, global warming and the possible ensuing rise in water levels.

This highly prestigious award, the winners and their proposal were the subject of an article on the website of Le Courrier de l'architecte, an independent international weekly that targets not just architects but all stakeholders in the world of architecture.

Competition for young landscape architects

The Municipality of Qingdao in Shandong Province invited Québec to take part in this exposition. For the second consecutive year, a competition was held to select the winning young landscape architects to design the Jardin du Québec and boost the internationalization of their practice, one that cherishes the values of cooperation and is based on sustainable landscapes and intercultural dialogue.

The Jardin du Québec project at the Qingdao International Horticultural Exposition follows in the footsteps of Québec’s strong presence at the 8th China International Garden Expo in Chongqing in September 2011 with the Jardin de Portage created by Québec landscape architect Sébastien Breton (2012 Award for Excellence from the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects).

Relations between Québec and Shandong

Québec and Shandong, both members of the Conference of Heads of Governments of Partner Regions, have developed close cooperative ties since 2002 in various areas, in particular the economy and trade, science and technology, education, training and tourism.

Page for La Flotte Project (French)
Québec Government Office in Beijing
Relations between Québec and China
UNESCO Chair on Landscape and Environment at UdeM (French)
Le Courrier de l'architecte (French)
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