Current Projects

This section provides information about current MCHG's research, training, and publications activities. In addition, the site serves as a discussion forum for a wide variety of topics related to human settlements and housing.

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Making the Edible Campus
Minimum Cost Housing Group, 2007-date

The team of volunteers and researchers from Rooftop Garden Project of Alternatives, Santropol Roulant and McGill School of Architecture’s Minimum Cost Housing Group are creating a rooftop (on the terrace of a parking garage) a containerized vegetable garden. Together, we are exploring ways to increase food production in cities, particularly in under-used urban spaces such as rooftops, balconies and paved areas, commonly found in Montréal and other urban centers; and the garden is a model for ordinary people to help produce their own vegetables, green their neighborhoods and build healthy communities.

Paysage Solidaire
Minimum Cost Housing Group, 2008-2012

“Paysage Solidaire” is a community based greening project that aims to integrate urban agriculture in the Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough of Montreal. The project consists of cultivating fruits and vegetables on underutilized urban spaces with the participation of citizens and community groups. Sites will be selected and designated urban agriculture zones and transformed into open public gardens. As a result, sites will be revalorized and will contribute to embellish, animate and exploit underused urban spaces.

Nutri-Centre collective garden, Lasalle

Minimum Cost Housing Group, 2007-date

In 2008, the Minimum Cost Housing Group partnered with Nutri-Centre, a community development organization, to re-think and upgrade a collective garden in Lasalle, one of Montreal’s poorest boroughs.

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