An examination of Montréal’s built environment reveals layers of history, examples of urban design and landscape planning with varying degrees of success, and plenty of good intentions. Join Nik Luka, McGill professor of architecture and planning, for a look at how ROAAr collections can support research about Montreal’s urban landscape, with a focus on health, wellbeing, sustainability, and social equity. Luka’s research explores Canada’s postwar ‘welfare landscapes’ through critical examination of planning policies related to linking nature and culture in dense urban environments.
About the Speaker:
Professor Nik Luka is jointly appointed with the Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture and the School of Urban Planning, and he is Interim Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Montréal. His interests in both research and professional practice encompass major themes that are familiar to most architects, landscape architects, planners, and geographers: housing, infrastructure, public space, cultural landscapes, urban design, and deliberative democracy. He typically does work that is inductive in a ‘constructivist’ orientation; while an ethnographer rather than an historian, he is especially intrigued by narratives, representations, texts, and discourse as they apply to the work of architecture, urban design, and landscape planning.