Worshop and Tours

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Griffintown Project Visit
- Led by David Hanna (UQAM)
- Friday February 1st from 2pm to 5pm

A former working-class, industrial neighbourhood, Griffintown is now undergoing major changes as it is targeted to become Montreal’s new innovation district. A special planning program has been defined by the City to guide change in the neighbourhood while preserving the urban and architectural heritage of the place. The vision for Griffintown in based on the active involvement of academic institutions, private companies and community organizations. The visit will allow participants to explore the question of redefining a neighbourhood’s identity through large planning projects.

Visit of the Underground City
- Led by Michel Boisvert (Observatoire de la Ville Souterraine)
- Saturday February 2nd from 2pm to 5pm

Montreal’s underground city, and its network of tunnels, buildings and stores, is one of the most famous indoor cities in the world. Led by Michel Boisvert, honorary professor at the Institut d’urbanisme at Université de Montréal and founder of the Underground City Observatory, participants will uncover the secrets of the network’s creation and the specificities that make it so emblematic of Montreal’s urban identity. During the visit, Michel Boisvert will discuss the approach and planning tools that made the construction of this complex network possible, and the challenges of underground planning.

Angus Project visit
- led by Pierre St-­Cyr (SNC-­Lavalin)
- Sunday February 3rd from 2pm to 5pm

Established in 1904 by Canadian Pacific Railway, the Angus Shops were one of Montreal’s most important industrial hub. However, this large site (125 acres) was closed in 1992 for economic reasons. After a vast planning project, the largely contaminated site has been successfully converted into a fully integrated neighbourhood including housing, employment and retail areas. In 2006, the Angus shops started their new life. How could such a massive project be undertaken? How could the site be decontaminated to be turned into a residential and commercial neighbourhood? How did urban planners tackles the many challenges raised by this project? The visit will be led by Pierre St-Cyr, Vice-President Development at SNC-Lavalin, and project manager during the reconversion of the Angus Shops.


Workshop «Transport-yourself»
- Led by Louise Guay (Linving Lab Montréal)
- Friday February 1st from 2:45pm to 4:45pm

President of Living Lab, a co-creation and open innovation centre in Montreal, Louise Guay is currently working on projects on smart urban transportation systems, gamification and open source economy. With her Living Lab partners, she is experimenting new approaches in public consultation and idea-sharing. She will run a workshop on the theme of mobility and new technologies. As citizenship gains a new meaning with web 2.0 social networks and geolocalisation is becoming increasingly common, users tend to interact even more with small and medium-size firms. These firms can now offer personalized services to a greater number of clients.  This creates new opportunities to build on these social practices in order to change people’s behaviour in terms of transportation. Louise Guay will present a new type of online platform that will allow Montreal citizens to become direct actors in the innovation process and to get involved in changing their immediate environment.

Workshop "Nurturing the Playful City : Nurturing the Spontaneous"
- Led by Michael Gordon (CIP)
- Saturday February 2nd from 3pm to 5pm

This workshop will be run by Michael Gordon, Vice-President of the Canadian Institute of Planners and senior central area planner for Vancouver's downtown peninsula. The workshop will discuss innovative planning techniques to nurture spontaneity and foster public engagement. It will include examples from projects conducted in Vancouver, notably the recent 'rethink' of the plaza on the north side of the Vancouver Art Gallery. The presentation will also cover techniques used to work with teenagers, homeless youth, and groups that are often marginalized and excluded by authorities from public spaces. 

Workshop “Change making in urban design” 
- Led by ADUQ (Association du Design Urbain du Quebec)
- Saturday February 2nd from 3pm to 5pm

New organization founded by 13 young urban designers, ADUQ aims at conveying a spirit of creativity, relevance and audacity in urban design in Quebec. Since its creation, the organization has been bringing attention to the emergence of local cultural initiatives that shape new forms of urban identities: tactical urbanism, green alleyways, «Gilford en vacances», Quartier Ephémère, food trucks, Park(ing) Day. This workshop will be an opportunity to share ideas on the value and dynamism of these new practices, while keeping in mind two key questions: How can we support the proliferation of these community initiatives? What role do planning professionals have to play in these new movements?

Workshop "Heritage and Identity: Co-design and Planning"
- Led by Samir Admo & Colleen Lashuk
- Saturday February 2nd from 3pm to 5pm

Preserving religious built heritage relies on a delicate balance between the historical community based mission of the Church and its modernization to benefit local communities contemporary needs. Imaginons Saint-Marc is a co-design process initiated by two community organisations looking to take their next steps on the site of Saint-Marc church in Rosemont. The organisations envision an inclusive, inspiring and sustainable citizen’s centre with deep roots in the living lab approach. The process of developing the site begins with a co-design ‘residency’, three intensive weeks of participatory activities: ideas - prototyping – consolidation: project proposal.  More information about this project at: The workshop will be run by Colleen Lashuk, architect, participatory designer and applied anthropologist, and Samir Admo, urban planning consultant, who both currently work on the project.

Workshop «Green Alleys in the Plateau-Mont-Royal»
- led by Mathieu Demers (Nature-Action Québec, Programme Eco-quartier du Plateau-Mont-Royal)
- Sunday February 3rd from 2pm to 4pm

With a background in community organization, Mathieu Demers has worked as adjunct coordinator for the Eco-Quartier program of the Plateau Mont-Royal borough for the past 5 years. He and his team have been focusing on creating new green alleyways in the neighbourhood. These alleyways consist of community greening projects that aim at reinventing new purposes for urban back alleys, while adopting and promoting an ecological approach. Mathieu Demers will present the key tenets of the projects and discuss innovative planning approaches and new models for supporting such community projects.

Panels & Roundtables

Panel "Planning and the New Media"
- led by Michael Gordon
- Friday February 1st from 2:45pm to 4:45pm

This roundtable will be led by Michael Gordon, Vice-President of CIP. He will address the changes in planning practices brought by new media, and the new opportunities for better communication on planning issues, professional practice and education issues. Selected student presenters will also intervene to present relevant work and examples. The third phase of the roundtable will consist of a larger discussion between panelist and the audience to discuss possible improvements to planning practices.

Serie of 2 roundtable discussion on «Planning with vulnerable communities» and «Indigenous Planning»
- Led by Masters students from University of Manitoba
- Friday February 1st from 2:45pm to 4:45pm

Panel “Public Participation in Planning Projects” ­
- led by Hélène Laperrière (OCPM)
- Saturday February 2nd from 3pm to 5pm

Public participation plays an increasing role in decision-making regarding planning issues. Community engagement not only demonstrates how people appropriate their own environment, but also how they contribute to forging a place’s identity. This roundtable discussion will be headed by Hélène Laperrière, urban planner and chairman of OCPM, Montréal’s Public Consultation Office. She will present OCPM’s missions, approach and tools. Student presenters from universities across Canada will also present relevant research projects that include a strong public engagement process. A larger debate with the panelist and the audience will then be moderated by Mrs. Laperriere.

Social Events

20x20 -­ “Formal and informal appropriations of urban space” -­ with an introduction by Andrea Gabor, CIP President
- led by Carole Lévesque (UQAM), Atelier Barda, ADUQ, student presenters
- Friday February 1st from 5pm to 8pm

Social Event
- Saturday February 2nd from 7pm to 9pm

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