Zibi, a redevelopment project in Ottawa with aspirations of becoming the world’s most sustainable community, has received the International Society of City and Regional Planners‘ (ISOCARP) Award of Excellence for planning and design.
The Award – the highest bestowed by the organization – was presented to Zibi developers Windmill Developments and Dream Unlimited Corp. (TSX:DRM), and their partner FOTENN Planning + Design, at ISOCARP’s International Congress in Durban, South Africa. The ISOCARP Award For Excellence rewards plans with a strong focus on sustainability, innovation, regeneration and resilience. An international jury of ISOCARP members evaluated the submissions, and chose Zibi as the best plan.
The plans for Zibi have also recently received awards from the Canadian Institute of Planners and the American Planning Association, making it one of the most decorated community plans on the planet.
“With this Award, our peers from around the world have again confirmed that our plans for Zibi are truly world-class,” said Rodney Wilts, partner at Windmill Developments. “This One Planet urban community, along with LRT and Lebreton Flats, will help propel Ottawa and Gatineau to the next level on the world stage.”
Over the next 15 years, Zibi will transform the long-vacant industrial lands straddling Ottawa and Gatineau into a complete waterfront community that blends low- and high-rise residential buildings, restaurants, pubs, merchants and office spaces, unique plazas and outdoor squares, recreational facilities, a hotel, and much more.
“We are very honoured to have received this Award,” said Jason Lester, Senior Vice President of Urban Development at Dream. “Our team is passionate about realizing the vision of a unique and unparalleled community at Zibi.”