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Aerial view of McGill's main campus in central Montréal. Mont-Royal is to the left.

Student proposal for east-central Montréal

Autoroute Ville-Marie in central Montréal is among the most massive infrastructure projects ever undertaken in Montréal, and its negative effects on the adjacent urban fabric and nearby communities are still major issues.

Postwar suburban subdivisions: blight or cultural landscapes of significant value?

The Place de la Cité project replaced the fine-grained urban fabric seen at the left with megastructures. Some saw it as progress, others as desecration. The conflict continues to rage...


At the end of a fun and moving party in his honour, some friends, colleagues, alumni and current students gather around Prof. David Brown, who retired in 2014.


The School draws students from around the world. Through our core Master of Urban Planning degree program and an optional concentration in Transportation Planning, we train professionals for the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors in two years of intensive study, much of which takes place in real-life group projects using the Montréal metropolitan region as a living laboratory. Our aim is to give individuals the intellectual and practical skills needed to excel in the field and thereby to improve human settlements around the world.


The David Brown Award for Planning Research and Education in Developing Areas

In honour of Prof. David Brown and his dedication to better planning in the Caribbean and other parts of the world, the School of Urban Planning is creating "The David Brown Award for Planning Research and Education in Developing Areas."  The aim of this fellowship is to enable students to travel to the global South, learn about local conditions first-hand and develop skills to address local urban problems.  This may be done by means of studio projects for a city or community, field-work for research, academic exchanges, and other activities.  David has written a personal testimony on his overseas experience and of its meaning for his life and career; it reflects the spirit that drives us in creating the award.  Click here to see David’s testimony.

Gifts to the new award in David's honour can be made on the McGill Giving web site.  Please specify "School of Urban Planning, David Brown Award" when you make your donation.  

Donations may also be made by sending a cheque to Anand Sood at: School of Urban Planning, McGill University, 815 Sherbrooke St. West, #400, Montréal, QC  H3A 0C2, Canada.  Cheques should be made out to “McGill University,” again with a reference to “"School of Urban Planning, David Brown Award.”


The School in the media 

Research on property value and proximity to Bixi stations featured in Montréal Gazette (June 2015)

Student work in the School's Planning Studio 3 has been featured in a recent article published in the Montréal Gazette entitled 'McGill students helping Île-Perrot revitalize its downtown core'. (Nov 2014)


The School welcomes a new professor

We are very pleased to announce that Dr David Wachsmuth will join the School in August 2015 as Assistant Professor. David holds a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University (First-Class Honours in International Development and in Classics, minor in Mathematics and Statistics), a Master of Science in Planning from the University of Toronto (specialization in housing and social policy) and a Ph.D. in Sociology from New York University (dissertation title: Post-City Politics: US Urban Governance and Competitive Multi-City Regionalism). He is currently a Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellow and a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia. David has worked as a professional urban planner in the non-profit sector, the Ontario provincial government and the Venezuelan barrios, and as a researcher in the Rebuild by Design project to rethink infrastructure planning in the Northeast US in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. His research lies in the field of critical urban studies and focuses on the changing politics and geography of urban governance and city-environment relations. His teaching at McGill will pertain to these areas of inquiry as well as to social policy and sustainability policy, urban theory and planning theory, and research methods. David’s hiring is truly excellent news for the School and for the University as a whole.