Quebec Research Funds to Support Intersectoral Creation-Research Project from the UNESCO Chair in Urban Land-scape on 5G Antennas

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A project on the fostering of the integration of 5G antennas in the urban landscape has received support from both the Nature and Technology, and the Human Science and Society divisions of the Québec Research Funds (FRQNT and FRQSC) through their special program on science, society and art – Prisme. “The selection committee has recognized the excellence of [the project], the clarity of [its] presentation and the participation of the whole team,” mention Janice Bailey and Louise Poissant, directors of the FRQNT and the FRQSC in their letter received this morning.

The project is led by Shin Koseki (Professor at the Faculty of Environmental Design of the University of Montreal, and Director of the UNESCO Chair in Urban Landscape) and Tarek Djerafi (Professor at the National Institute for Scientific Research – INRS), with the participation of an industrial designer. Two graduate students will soon join the project, thanks to the generous support from the Quebec Research Funds.

5G antennas will soon be ubiquitous in the urban landscape. The technology, which will greatly accelerate the capacity for wireless data exchange, also requires many more antennas than the existing system. In addition, 5G antennas need to be fully exposed and cannot be hidden from view the same way 4G devices are today. The installation of 5G antennas has already provoked angry pushback actions in Europe and Asia, such as the destruction of the equipment and attacks on the installation crews.

This project seeks to prevent such situation and guarantee a safe and aesthetically pleasing integration of the soon-to-come 5G antennas in the urban, architectural and legal context of Québec.