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Julie Margot design：2018年6月9日，在明尼阿波利斯举行的年度庆典上，魁北克的两家公司civiliti和Julie Margot Design赢得了体验平面设计协会( SEGD )的一项大奖。他们的项目Discovery Halts，从来自世界各地的353份参赛作品中脱颖而出，获得了一项荣誉大奖。该方案结合了景观设计、路径导示和诗歌，为19世纪弗雷德里克·劳·奥姆斯特德(Frederick Law Olmsted)设计的著名皇家公园增添了一层神秘的色彩。
Julie Margot design：On June 9, 2018, two Quebec firms civiliti and Julie Margot Design won a prestigious award from the Society for Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD) during its annual gala held in Minneapolis. Their project, Escales découvertes (Discovery Halts), was selected for a Honor Award among 353 entries submitted from numerous countries around the world. The scheme combines landscape architecture, wayfinding and poetry, adding a subtle layer to the much-celebrated Mount-Royal Park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted in the 19th century.
“A delightful and engaging experience integrated gracefully into the environment” comments the jury.
Montreal, celebrated for its historical architecture and its vibrant urban life, is also recognized for its unique setting on the St. Lawrence River and for its small, but highly emblematic, mountain rising from the downtown core. Mount Royal, as it is known, is a year-long destination for Montrealers and has always been a magnet for visitors.
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奥姆斯特德(Frederick Law Olmsted)在19世纪将这片面积495英亩的土地改造成了一座公园，这个公园是一个面积更大、更不为人知的1850英亩皇家山遗址的一部分。它包括三个不同的山峰、5个墓地、2个大学校园和一些重要的历史建筑。和古老的蒙特利尔一样，这个文化遗址也是该市最“受保护”的地区之一。
The 495-acre area transformed into a park in the 19th century by Frederick Law Olmsted is part of a larger and lesser-known 1850-acre territory, designated as the Mount-Royal Heritage Site. It encompasses three distinct summits, 5 cemeteries, 2 university campuses and significant historical buildings. Along with Old Montreal, this heritage site is one of the city’s most ‘protected’ sectors.
In 2017, fifty years after hosting Expo 67, Montreal set out to celebrate its 375th anniversary with a series of urban interventions. This project called Escales decouvertes (Discovery Halts) was designed for the Mount Royal site and it stands in sharp contrast with other more technologically savvy commemorative projects. It is about connecting, discovering and interacting. Discreet yet audacious, it was intended from the start to provide visitors with an entirely new experience and a clearer understanding of the mountain’s natural and historical features.
由civiliti和Julie Margot design组成的设计团队没有采用传统的路径导示方式，如直线路线、方向标志或纪念标志，而是选择了一种开放式的方式，主要利用自然特征作为寻路线索。根据该遗址特殊的文物地位而产生的要求，开发了一系列的物品。这些导示雕塑由花岗岩和青铜制成，安装在整个公园及其周边地区。它们旨在让游客对基地的特性有一个感性和直观的认识。在SEGD网站编辑的采访中，civiliti的彼得·索兰解释道：“我们开始谈论物品本身，而不是导示标牌。景观中出现的物体是神秘的，会吸引人们的注意力。
Staying away from traditional wayfinding options, such as linear trails, directional signage or commemorative markings, the design team made up of civiliti and Julie Margot design opted instead for an open-ended approach using mostly natural features as wayfinding clues. A family of objects was developed in keeping with requirements deriving from the site’s special heritage status. Designed in granite and bronze, these were installed throughout the park and its immediate surroundings. They are meant to engage visitors in a sensorial and intuitive discovery of the site’s features. Interviewed by the SEGD website’s editors, civiliti’s Peter Soland explained: “We started talking about objects, rather than signage. Objects appearing in the landscape would be enigmatic and attract people to them.”
Three types of objects were created: tridimensional maps designed as orientation devices, low conical stones serving as place-markers in the landscape, and larger belvedere-like halts. The bronze maps, each set on a granite base, were strategically placed at twelve access points. Each map clearly identifies Mount Royal’s three distinct summits, rising above the city grid, and three built landmarks. Together they provide visitors with a visual and tactile understanding of the mountain’s geographical identity.
The conical place-markers, clustered in groups of two or three, vary in size, some as small as stepping-stones, others large enough to sit or lean on. With their bronze inscriptions, they provide clues to the more intimate characteristics of the mountain’s historical and natural features such as notable rock formations, prairies, the trace of a now-buried river or a vanished ski slope. Twenty-five of these granite cones clusters were initially planned for the project.
The last segment of this family of objects consists in a series of ten landscaped belvedere-like halts. Each one is either anchored in the ground or projecting from a cliff. It is also defined by a granite border featuring a verse written specifically for the location by an assigned Montreal poet. The halts, at times curvilinear, at times angular, all with built-in seating, are located in strategic locations with privileged views of Mount Royal’s interior landscapes.
Locations for each intervention derived from rigorous site and landscape analyses, which included four-season photographic surveys. Each of the proposed sites was submitted to a committee composed of various stakeholders. An additional challenge consisted in making sure the objects were positioned throughout the entire site to ensure full appreciation of the mountain.
In the SEGD website interview, Julie Margot, the project’s lead visual designer, explains how the concept evolved: “We wanted to move away from ‘direction’ and ‘directing’ and encourage an intuitive experience of the different spaces and places.”
客户：Ville de Montréal, Service des grands parcs, du verdissement et du Mont-Royal
土木工程：Les Services Exp
总承包：Aménagement Côté Jardin
花岗岩采石场：Rock of Ages
Client: Ville de Montréal, Service des grands parcs, du verdissement et du Mont-Royal
Civil engineers: Les Services Exp
Industrial designers: Messier Designers
Sculptor: Jules Lasalle
General Contractor: Aménagement Côté Jardin
Manufacturer, Bronze Letters: Pontbriand
Manufacturer, Bronze Map: Artcast
Granite Quarry: Rock of Ages
Stone Engravers: Premier Jet
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