THE VAST DESERTED AREA lining the Quebec City marina calls out for new public uses

THE VAST DESERTED AREA lining the Quebec City marina calls out for new public uses. But how to the void? Université Laval students Hatem Bouassida and Antoine Hurez have an idea: Food Machine. This visionary steel design would bring new life to surrounding streets in all seasons, providing a lively and stimulating addition to the urban promenade between the city's marina, Lower Town, and Upper Town. Its location would be easily accessible to cruise passengers, tourists, and residents, making it an ideal starting point for exploring the historic city. Much like a machine, the building's parts can move and pull apart, following the trajectory of the tracks in the former marshalling yard and evoking memories of the port area's industrial past. Food Machine is one of the winners of this year's Student Design Steel Competition awards. Administered by the Association of Col-legiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and sponsored by AISC, the competition encourages North American architecture students to explore the myriad functional and aesthetic uses for steel in design and construction. This year's competition included two categories: Category I (for which this project is a winner) was designated as Urban Food Hub, and Category II was an open competition. You can learn more about Food Machine, as well as all of this year's winners, in next month's issue (you can also view the winners at www.acsa-arch.org). ■

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