The CUPUM Partners with a Finalist Team of the C40 Reinventing Cities International Call for Projects


Montreal, November 12, 2018 – The UNESCO Chair in Urban Landscape is very proud to be a partner of the winning Montoni/Sid Lee Architecture C40 Reinventing Cities project. This global competition allows multidisciplinary teams to innovate and implement ideas that will positively impact the environment by reducing greenhouse gases and climate-related risks.

“The four finalist teams of the C40 (which includes the Montoni/Sid Lee Architecture team) are mandated to reinvent the De la Commune Service Yard by proposing a project, which encourages urban regeneration and stimulates the development of low-carbon projects throughout the world, as well as one which implements the most innovative ideas in order to transform the underutilized site into a centre of sustainable development and resilience.” Source: City of Montreal – Cabinet of the Mayor and the executive committee – Sept. 19 2018

The main reasons which motivate this project partnership between Montoni/Sid Lee Architecture and the UNESCO Chair in Urban Landscape were to:

  • Bring the academic world closer to the private practice of civil society;
  • Support innovation by way of the creative process to better design the city and respond to the diverse issues that it is facing in the 21st century;
  • Support the next generation of urban design professionals with a culture and knowledge inclusive approach.

This collaboration has led to the organizing of an intensive three day (November 9th to 11th 2019) student charrette to develop possible scenarios for the urban integration of the site, namely the De la Commune Service Yard in Old Montreal (Montreal, Quebec, Canada). Under the ideation workshop formula, five teams of master’s students from the Faculty of Environmental Design (Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning) were chosen to elaborate visions of development before the others steps of “The Large Collider” project, represented by Groupe Montoni, in partnership with Sid Lee Architecture, and Vertima as an environmental expert as part of the C40 Reinventing Cities contest.