UNESCO and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO) are partners with the UNESCO Chair in Urban Landscape (CUPUM). Furthermore, this Chair receives support from the Fonds Sid Lee Architecture, the Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ) as well as from the University of Montreal’s Faculty of Environmental Design and Direction des Affaires internationales.
Since its creation in 2003, the UNESCO Chair in Urban Landscape (CUPUM) is associated with the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Montreal. It is the only UNESCO chair within this university. In accordance with its primary mission, it maintains an engagement towards contextualized and applied research in the field of urban landscapes. It does this through the construction of a knowledge plurality in dialogue with design disciplines (landscape architecture, architecture, urban planning, industrial design) linked to the humanities, social sciences, and environmental sciences. Its host institution, its tenure, and its collaborators all possess an array of solid and complementary expertise in these fields.
As part of its scientific activities, CUPUM works in close collaboration with the Chair in Landscape and Environment of the University of Montreal (co-founded in 1996 by the current UNESCO chairholder) with which it shares a research infrastructure that is unique in Canada. Namely, the Landscape Innovation Laboratory (Laboratoire d’innovation paysagère – LIP) which is currently developing a platform for the digital management of landscapes. This infrastructure is financed by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (FCI).
Furthermore, it is important to highlight that the UNESCO Chair in Urban Landscape deploys a large part of its scientific activities with the involvement of an international cooperation network, uniting experts in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and urban planning distributed across 5 world regions—South America, North America, Asia, Europe, and Maghreb and the Middle East. It should also be noted that the internationalization of its activities ties in with the strategic orientations (2015-2020) of the Vice-Rectorate of International Affairs of the University of Montreal and with the action plan of this institution, which “focuses on innovation and the interconnection of knowledge in order to renew its academic project, to distinguish itself among the best, and to increase its impact on society” (réf.: Plan d’action 2016-2021).