Conference by Professor GianPiero Moretti (ULaval)


The UNESCO Chair in Urban Landscape is presenting, this Thursday November 11th, an online conference by GianPiero Moretti, professor at the School of Architecture of the Université Laval. This conference is part of the Beautiful Coastline Cycle, organised by the UNESCO Chair in Urban Landscape and with the collaboration of the School of Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture of the University of Montreal.

Following the industrial revolution, mechanical and technical resources have progressively defied the natural environment. Shorelines avec been backfilled, roads have modified existing topographies, cities have grown with little regards for past features while at the same time incorporating residential sectors which evoke a vast array of climates and cultural environments. Led by a desire for conformity which offers the same conditions to differing populations, this form of planning tends to ignore prevailing variations in terms of historical and natural contexts. These transformations, profoundly embedded in normative modernism give rise to previously unknown issues. Climate change deeply affect land-use practices in coastal areas which are in turn affected by the sheer force of tides and storms and delayed ice information. The functionalist logic which aimed to accommodate each specific activity separately has now given way to a logic defined by interdependency. How can landscape, planning and architecture projects along the shores of the St. Lawrence River compose with these new challenges?

Having led many prize-winning architecture projects, GianPiero Moretti has graduated form the Polytechnic University of Turin in Italy (Laurea in Architettura) and McGill University. Professor at the School of Architecture of the Université Laval, he has taught architecture and urban design since 2003. The transdisciplinary research project led by several researchers in engineering in which Gianpiero Moretti is involved in enables him to make use of his innovative creativity. His various research-creations projects aim at conceiving inventive solutions to issues pertaining to public space and coastal infrastructure in a climate change context.