Peter Soland (Civiliti) conference – Urban and riverside promenade


Peter Soland, co-founder of the firm Civiliti and visiting professor at the UNESCO Chair in Urban Landscape will give a lecture on April 13, 2022 at noon at the Faculté de l’Aménagement de l’Université de Montréal on the topic “Promenade urbaine / promenade riveraine”.

Around 2015, Montreal embarked on a programme of urban promenades, large and small. The urban promenade Fleuve-Montagne was to be the starting point and demonstrate the richness of this type of public space, at the crossroads of the famous Jane’s Walks, didactic community walks, and urban planning based on soft mobility and the main principles of sustainable development. While the result was not 100% convincing, the vision remains relevant. Drawing from several projects of his firm Civiliti, and from the master’s workshop in Urban Landscape that he teaches at the École d’urbanisme et d’architecture de paysage with Maud Thery and Jean-François Bédard, Peter Soland will share his reflections on the notion of the promenade as applied to the sector of the former village of Sault-au-Récollet on the banks of the Rivière des Prairies. In particular, he will discuss the duality of urban promenade and riverside promenade at the heart of the sector’s local policies.

With a degree in architecture from the University of Montreal (1990) and a master’s degree in environmental design from Yale (1995), Peter Soland quickly established a solid reputation in the field of urban planning. Founder of Urban Soland (2001-2014), then of civiliti (in 2015, with Fannie Duguay-Lefebvre), he is recognized as an accomplished designer, his work showing a strong analytical sense coupled with a great urban and landscape sensitivity. His work has won national and international awards in urban design, landscape architecture, urban planning and placemaking. In addition to the recognition of his urban design projects, his work ranges from the planning of large areas to the design of memorial landscapes, architecture and the illumination of structures and other infrastructure in the contemporary city.