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.
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)