Concordia's Thursday Report

Vol. 28, No.5

November 6, 2003


In brief

Four teams shortlisted for Quartier Concordia design competition

Four multidisciplinary teams have been shortlisted for the Quartier Concordia urban design competition - a planning project that aims to better define the urban environment encompassing the Sir George Williams Campus in downtown Montreal.

The teams are aA/Nomade/DGLA Consortium; Groupe Cardinal Hardy; Daoust Lestage Inc. and Schème Inc./Atelier Urban Soland Inc./Louis-Paul Lemieux architecte Consortium.

Michael Di Grappa, Vice-Rector Services, was extremely pleased with the professional scope of the candidates. “Although we were considering to limit the competition to three finalists, it was clear by the strength and quality of the candidates that we should add a fourth. On behalf of the members of the Pre-Selection Committee, I can confidently say that we are greatly looking forward to their submissions,” he said.

The teams have until Nov. 28 to submit their proposals. The jury will select a winner in early December. The first phase of implementation of Quartier Concordia is expected to begin by Summer 2004.

University honours Paris alumni

Concordia alumni recently celebrated an evening in Paris.

The event, held last week and organized by Concordia University officials, aimed to forge stronger ties between the university and its Paris alumni.

Held at the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris, the event hosted two lecturers, who spoke about Mediterranean artifacts. The lectures were in collaboration with the Musée du Louvre and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Clarence Epstein, director of special projects in Concordia’s Office of the Rector, spoke about the history of the Diniacopoulos family and its collection of ancient Mediterranean artifacts.

Violaine Jeammet, curator of the Louvre’s Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities department, spoke about the exhibition “Tanagra: Myth and Archaeology,” which is showing at the Louvre until Jan. 5.

Lowy award to highlight exhibition

Rector Frederick Lowy will receive the King-Gandhi-Ikeda award for his work in bioethics and his commitment to peace and conflict resolution at Concordia. The presentation will be made at the inauguration of an exhibition called King-Gandhi-Ikeda: A legacy of Building Peace in the J.W. McConnell Building on Monday, Nov. 10.

Dr. Monique Mujawamariya will also receive the award for her effort in re-establishing peace in Rwanda and her work with African youth in Montreal. The exhibition in the Atrium runs for two weeks.

It has had showings in New Zealand, the United States, Jordan, Germany and other Canadian cities.