Shaping Neighborhoods : a new series on urban life to experience the Quartier de l’Innovation.

Shaping Neighborhoods : a new series on urban life to experience the Quartier de l’Innovation.


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Shaping Neighborhoods : a new series on urban life to experience the Quartier de l’Innovation.

Published on:
March 22, 2018
Event date:
Thursday, 22 March, 2018 (All day)

** Stay tuned for the 2020 serie! **


Since April 2018, the Quartier de l’Innovation and the McGill University Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Montreal (CIRM) invite you to try new experiential meetings focused on innovative local initiatives aimed at improving urban life.

Shaping Neighborhoods: Experience and Innovation is a series of “conference experiments” designed to encourage Quartier de l’Innovation communities to reconnect with the Quartier’s urban planning projects and spur discussion on its community projects, academic research and municipal programs.

They are an opportunity to reflect as well as to develop and build a resilient neighborhood that’s open to its residents’ ideas. At each meeting, participants will visit a prominent location in the neighborhood and talk with local organizations that are rethinking their living environment. Contributors and academic researchers will also join the discussion to connect the actions undertaken locally to research conducted on these projects.

Session 1/5: Build - Wellington Control Tower - April 17th 2018

Past events

Build - 1/5

April 17th 2018 | Tour d'aiguillage Wellington - Projet Young

Why has place-making become necessary? Most places in most cities developed organically over time, as people and builders appropriated space, modelled it and gave it character. In this era where buildings and neighborhoods are built and torn down, rethinking architecture has become essential.

Date: April 17, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Meeting point: Wellington Control Tower

Academic Leader: Richard Shearmur, Director of the School of Urban Planning, McGill University

Program: Visit of the Wellington Control Tower, a research/action, dissemination and incubation venue with a café-bistro, which will serve as a meeting hub for all who are rethinking and building the city of today and tomorrow. The visit has been followed by a discussion in the Young Project transitory space created by Entremise.


> Pauline Butiaux, vice-president and treasurer, Manoeuvres / Wellington Control Tower
> Gorka Espiau, professor pr practice, McConnell Foundation / CIRM 
> Philémon Gravel, co-founder, director of de urban planning, Entremise
> Jonathan Cha, urbanologist, landscape architect, heritage consultant, landscaping consultant for Jean-Drapeau Park, lecturer at UQAM and UdeM, co-founder of MTL\ville en mouvement, co-director at Le Virage MTL
> Carla Rangel Garcia and Marie-Philip Roy-LasselleMont Réel project and ConstructLab Berlin 

See pictures from the event !

Photo credit : Jean-Michael Seminaro


Inhabit 2/5

July 5th 2018 | Griffintown - Project Young

Between real estate speculation, rapid urbanization trends and a population’s social needs, cities feel incredible pressure when it comes to housing. What innovative practices can a municipality’s administration, property developers and social economy enterprises adopt when it comes to developing residential spaces? What kind of mix best ensures social and economic diversity to promote healthy communities?

Academic Leader: Nik Luka, Associate Professor, School of Architecture, McGill University.

Program: Conducted tour in some of Griffintown's co-operative housing projects, followed by a discussion panel at Young Project.


Erwan Poënces, development officer, Bâtir son quartier
Michel Saint-Cyr, advisor to special projects, Habitations La Traversée
Bertrand Fouss, co-founder and president, Solon Collectif
Jonathan Lapalme, co-founder, Entremise and Projet Young - Laboratoire transitoire
Laurence Vincent, co-president,  Prével
Nancy Shoiry, general manager, Société d’habitation et de développement de Montréal

See pictures from the event !

Photo credit : Jean-Michael Seminaro


Belong - 3/5

July 13th | F-MR Station

Have you heard about civic assets? Some buildings play a central role in the collective lives of their communities. Think of schools, community centres, hospitals and places of worship which contribute people’s sense of belonging. Many of these sites of belonging are today in need of renewal. What strategies can be developed to enable civic assets to flourish in the face of rapidly changing urban landscapes?

Academic Leader: Hoi Kong, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University

Program: Visit of the Station F-MR and presentation of the MR-63 project - Discussion panel at the Station F-MR

Date: June 13, 5:15 to 7:30 p.m.


> Frédéric Morin-Bordeleau, Co-Founder, F-MR and MR-63
> Gabriela Jakubovits, Officer, Coalition Petite-Bourgogne
> Vanessa Muegler, Projects Coordinator, Quo Vadis
> Jonathan Rouleau, Fellow, Laboratory of Urban Culture -- The Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas (IPLAI)
> Karl Dorais Kinkaid, Urban Planner and Project Manager, L'Enclume- Atelier de développement territorial

See pictures from the event !

Photo credits : Jean-Michaël Seminaro


Communicate - 4/5

May 7th 2019 | DARE-DARE Centre - Georges-Vanier Cultural Center

The questions associated with communication are at the heart of urban issues. Development projects within a neighborhood, whether they concern the neighborhood in a global way or from a micro perspective (specific projects, temporary projects, etc.), necessarily raise the question of communicative dynamics between the different sectors (public, private, associative, citizens, etc.). Beyond a "traditional" approach of the transmission of information from a source to a target audience, communication is also conceived in a broader, strictly social sense, engaging a plurality of actors mobilizing different postures. In this way, it brings together points of view, promoting discussion in the public space. In this respect, its upgrading conditions represent a central issue in establishing a democratic framework for citizen participation and ownership.


Academic Supervisor :
Prof. Christian Poirier (INRS)


Imen Ben JemiaResident Scholar, CIRM
> Geneviève Massé, Member, DARE-DARE Centre
> Nicholas Dawson, Author and Doctoral Student, UQAM
> Hanieh Ziaei, Art Sociologist and Director, Georges-Vanier Cultural Center

See pictures from the event !

Photo credits : CRIEM


Move - 5/5

June 4th 2019 | Dendrites Sculpture - Darling Foundry

Beauty is a fundamental dimension of the public space and raises several questions: how do citizens feel and express it? Are these equal to beauty? What's the role of artists, municipalities, organizations, technicians and architects in creating and raising awareness of this beauty? Should it always be preceded by a clear intention, or is urban poetry born more authentically in spontaneity, when the patina of time arises, for example, on a heritage building and turns it into ruin? Is there a link, finally, between innovation and beauty?


Academic Supervisor : 
Prof. Guillaume Ethier, UQAM

Panelists :

> Michel de BroinArtist, Dendrites
> François Cardinal, Editor-in-chief, La Presse; Author, Et si la beauté rendait heureux
> Caroline Andrieux, Founder and Artistic Director, Fonderie Darling
> Aliki Economides, Assistant Professor, U. Laurentienne
Cecile Martin, Artist and architect


See the pictures from the event !

Photo credits : Pamela Lajeunesse


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Shaping Neighborhoods : a new series on urban life to experience the Quartier de l’Innovation.