Prime Ministers' Row

2016

Ottawa, Ontario

Prime Ministers’ Row / L’Allée des premiers ministres is an initiative to transform Ottawa’s Laurier Avenue East — historically home to 10 Prime Ministers — into Canada’s first interactive Street Museum. An open-air pedestrian-focused zone along Laurier Avenue East in the historic Sandy Hill community, the project extends a unique national identity into Ottawa’s civic landscape and creates a symbolic link to the Parliamentary Precinct, the National Arts Centre and Confederation Square and the history of governance in Canada. Grounded in the extraordinary built heritage and history of the area, Prime Ministers’ Row will transform the streetscape of Laurier Avenue East and the community of Sandy Hill itself into an innovative, participation-oriented, multi-block, multi-media, outdoor cultural space designed to encourage reflection on questions of Canadian governance, of programs and events, a self-guided interactive street tour, as well as conferences, debates, speaker series and public art, Prime Ministers’ plans to engage Canadians from across the country and from all walks of life, bringing them together both physically and virtually. Prime Ministers’ offers the opportunity in an area once home to Canada’s political leaders to now become a space for every Canadian to discuss, debate and shape Canada’s public policy.

Urban Strategies has provided ongoing conceptual directions related to urban design and land use planning.