McGill Spaces Project: Upgrading Spaces


Published on May 8, 2014 | McGill Reporter

by: McGill Reporter Staff

A drab hallway, an empty lawn, an awkward nook – every university has them. But what if these were re-imagined as a colourful study space with bench seating, a pop-up outdoor classroom, and a busking area for student musicians?

On April 10, from 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m., a group of about 25 students, staff, faculty and alumni came together to explore McGill’s existing downtown lower campus and to reimagine some of the everyday spaces that surround us. They came for McGill’s first ever James’ Walk, hosted by the student-led McGill Spaces Project.

“The McGill Spaces Project was founded on the premise that although space on McGill’s downtown campus is limited, its potential is limitless, particularly if people collaborate in new and creative ways,” says Josée Méthot, Vision 2020 Coordinator and founder of the McGill Spaces Project. “The McGill Spaces Project seeks to engage students, faculty, staff, and members of the Montreal community in a process to transform underused spaces on McGill’s downtown campus.”

For their official launch event – a James’ Walk – the McGill Spaces Project wanted to bring members of the McGill community together to explore McGill’s campus and its nooks and crannies while also getting to know one another.

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