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For its first annual Urban Ideas Competition last year, Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Toronto chapter asked entrants to reconnect downtown’s waterfront. This year, ULI is setting its sights to the north to Brampton.

The Urban Land Institute competition, run in partnership with the City of Brampton, calls for “visionary ideas or design proposals to re-energize and rejuvenate” Brampton’s core with “bold ideas and practical solutions” encouraged.

Once a village and now a part of the Greater Toronto Area, Brampton has grown into an expansive commuter suburb with a population of more than half a million. Given that, the Urban Land Institute, a global non-profit urban researcher, identified a number of issues that successful plans to revamp the burgeoning city’s core should consider.

Among the topics relevant to the area’s further development are public transit and infrastructure, walkability, sustainability and intensification, although the institute has provided its own comprehensive guidelines for entries online.

Entries will be competing for a share of $6,000 in prizes, and a panel of esteemed jurors with backgrounds that range from magazine publishing to academia will select the winners, who will be revealed on November 24th at an awards event at Alderlea (40 Elizabeth Street South) in Brampton.

The five-person jury is comprised of Matthew Blackett, Spacing magazine’s publisher and creative director, Metrolinx advisor John Potter, Don Naylor, principal at Naylor + Associates Ltd., Jeff Casello, associate dean of University of Waterloo’s planning school, and Joseph Cordiano, a partner at Cityzen Development Group. The jury will also choose a selection of entries to be displayed online and at locations in Brampton and Toronto.

The registration deadline is November 5th. While entry is open to the general public, each team’s lead must be a ULI member. Entry is $50 for a student-led team and $100 for an under 35 or associate member-led team. To enter, register here. For more info, visit the competition page.

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