| The Winner of the 2010 Mississauga Urban Design Poster
||The design is an urban flower pot. Many people use
plants to enhance their living environment at home; it is not only aesthetically pleasing, the
greenery also promotes a cleaner and healthier living. The urban flower pot hints that we
should do the same to our city, because the city is our home in a greater sense. We
interact with it every single day by walking down streets, visiting attractions, running
businesses, shopping in stores, enjoying trails, taking public transit and socializing in
public spaces, etc. Our responsibility is to make the city a better place for not only
ourselves, but more importantly, our future generation; and to make it a place where people
choose to be.
|Name of Artist:
||University of Waterloo
Noteworthy Entries to the Mississauga Urban Design Poster Competition
|Mississauga is considered one of the
fastest growing cities in Canada. Centrally located in Canada, Mississauga is west of
Toronto and currently holds the Toronto International Airport. Thus, the city is an integral
part of the Canadian experience by offering one of the country's first impressions to
foreigners. Therefore, the role of a greener urban design for the City of Mississauga is
The map of Mississauga, overlaid with its major routes and highways, represents the vines of
the Maple Leaf.The network represents the connectedness of Mississauga to the rest of Canada.
To create a greener urban design for the future of Mississauga, the individual must
design and consider integration of aesthetics and function on all scales. By
"greening" the city as a whole with the clusters of neighbourhoods, the way is paved
for the generation of ideas by members of the community, who bring their own expertise for a
greener urban design.
|I got my inspiration mainly from
reading the goals of Our Future Mississauga. The idea that the city co-exists with the
nature eco-system initiates the design scheme. The city is growing on tree branches,
growing in a green environment, reflects this idea and the principle of green urban design.
Simple elements of wind turbine, photovoltaic panels, bicycles instead of cars, more
green space between buildings, and relieved residential areas also strengthen the theme.
All of these would take place only from the help of everyone, represented through the
child watering this tree of the green urban city.
The special quality of this poster is the simplicity and composition of the elements on the
branches which are easy to understand. Moreover, parts of the buildings silhouette are actually
taken from the city skyline. A child is chosen to be the one watering the city because
they stand for the future.
||University of Toronto
||University of Waterloo
|Mississauga is constantly growing and expanding in various
aspects. Expansion and transformation are essential in creating a forwarding city.
However, it is important to consider and employ green strategies in the designing,
developmental, and other stages of the city's transformation. Along with the support of
smaller unique communities within the region collectively, the identity of Mississauga can be
created with a sustainable edge.
The design intention was to illustrate Mississauga as a fertile tree in growth, a symbol for a
green sustainable city.
The green city would start off with a solid urban design proposal and good planning for city
development which would be its roots at the base (of the tree). Transport
routes, growing as tree branches, represented the expansion of the city over time. Red
and orange fruits symbolize the interest points and collective communities maturing under the
With a good urban design solution, Mississauga will transform and prospect into a mature
attractive city with exciting architecture over its plot and an effective yet friendly
downtown. It will also become a green gateway for residents and visitors to leave and
enter the Greater Toronto Area.
|The poster emphasizes the single most important
criteria of green urban design - increased density. Although green technologies and
buildings play a critical part of retro fitting Mississauga for the future; it is the walkable
city, the dense city which will ultimately determine its "green" success.
The poster illustrates this concept through the literal conversion of wide lane roads and
thoroughfares to a tightly knit urban fabric: a strategy that will invariably create closer
communities and initiate a sustainable urbanism.
||University of Waterloo
||Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design
||What is the appropriate relationship
between urban development and conservation of natural environments? Can development in fact be
equated with a reduction of our impact on the environment and contribute to a reversal of
As Mississauga transforms from a suburban to urban area, development must be called upon to
positively impact the environment. How buildings integrate into their surroundings is of
paramount importance. From ground plane to tree canopies - considerations of air, water
and habitat must be integrated into the design of buildings. In this way urban growth and
development can be coupled with minimum impact and maximum benefit.
The attached poster communicates this view. As an important and recognizable example, the
Mississauga Civic Center serves as the graphic which asks how built form will aid to
transformation of Mississauga into a "net-zero" carbon city and contribute to our
understanding of Green Urban Design.
||John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design