Shaping Neighborhoods: Experience and Innovation


In Situ series of "conference-experiences" on Montreal


Starting in April, CIRM and the Quartier de l’innovation invite you to participate in a series focusing on local urban innovation initiatives!

Shaping Neighborhoods: Experience and Innovation is a series of “conference-experiences” intended to entice communities a neighborhood to rediscover urban planning projects that exist there and to engage in conversation about community projects, university research, and the municipal initiatives that are happening.

It will be a chance to reflect, develop, and construct a neighborhood that is resilient and tuned in to its citizens. At each meeting, the participants will have the opportunity to visit a noteworthy place in the neighborhood and converse with local organizations that are working toward rethinking their living environment. University researchers will also be a part of the discussion, relating and comparing their own research to actions taking place locally.

Register now to participate in Build, the first of three sessions, which will take place April 17. Act fast—space is limited! 



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.

When: April 17th, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Tour d’aiguillage Wellington (How to get there)

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

Program: Visit of the Tour d’aiguillage Wellington (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 will be followed by a discussion in the Young Project transitory space created by Entremise. Among the guests, Mr. Gorka Espiau, McConnell Professor of Practice at CIRM, and Jonathan Cha, urbanologist, landscape architect and co-founder of MTL/Ville en mouvement, will share their knowledge on the city's social transformation.



Discussions on the design of novel living spaces as concerns energy conservation, waste management and other means of environmental protection and sustainable development.

Date : Mid-May (date to be confirmed), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Academic LeaderMichael Jemtrud, Founder and Director of the FARMM - Facility for Architectural Research in Media and Mediation of the School of Architecture, McGill University



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?

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

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

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