1 January 2003
In June 2003, UNESCO and the University of Montréal signed the agreement establishing the first UNESCO Chair in Urban Landscape. The agreement confirmed the leadership of the University of Montréal in the field of research and teaching in landscape architecture and gave concrete expression to the successful idea of a project that had been put forward in the plenary session of a UNESCO conference held in Rabat, Morocco, two years earlier (June 2001).
Since the fundamental mission of the UNESCO Chair in Urban Landscape at the University of Montréal is to develop an integrated system of research and training on landscape at the international level, it was natural to gather together all the partners in the first months following the signing of this convention with UNESCO in order to initiate the terms of inter-university cooperation.
The holding of the 1st Forum of the Chair in Urban Landscape of the University of Montreal at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, on 30 and 31 October 2003, was the first foundation of the scientific collaboration network. This event marked the start of the scientific activities of the UNESCO Chair, even though some teaching and research initiatives had already taken place shortly beforehand, namely the CUPUM Workshop in Reggio Calabria, the research seminar on landscapes of the periphery (Montreal-Rome) and the Montreal research proposal of the Growing Up in Cities Programme (MOST-UNESCO).
This meeting was above all an opportunity to introduce each institutional (university) partner in the international cooperation network, to frame their respective expectations and to define a realistic short- and medium-term timetable for the start-up phase (horizon 2003-05) of the UNESCO Chair in Urban Landscape at the University of Montréal.
In addition, all the members of the CUPUM network were able to learn about the various UNESCO programs (ref.: Brigitte Colin -MOST-, Salvator Arico -MAB- and Mechtild Rosser -WHC-) which will provide scientific support for the Chair's future activities. In addition, the presentation of the scientific foundation in the future activities of the Chair. In addition, the presentation of the scientific foundations of the CUPUM, the review of the researches conducted in Montreal (ref.: Philippe Poullaouec-Gonidec) and the presentation of the landscape issues and instrumentation (ref.: Gérald Domon) provided an overview of the nature and scope of the scientific activities to be carried out within the framework of the CUPUM's international network.
This 1st Forum in Paris was also the official launch of the UNESCO Chair in Urban Landscape at the University of Montréal, with the presence of Ms Geneviève Domenach-Chich, Division of Social Sciences (MOST-UNESCO Research and Policy), and Ms Carmen Pinan, in opening remarks, of the Division of Higher Education (Education Sector, UNESCO), Mr. Louis Hamel, Canadian Ambassador to UNESCO, Ms. Irène Cinq-Mars, representative of the Rector of the University of Montréal (and Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Design) and Mr. Heiner Rodel, representative of the President of IFLA, Ms. Martha Fajardo.
This collection transcribes in texts and slides (PowerPoint) form all and most of the remarks made at this first meeting of the international network of the UNESCO Chair in Urban Landscape. The last part of the compilation, by way of conclusion, outlines in summary form the declared bilateral and multilateral actions of all the partners of the CUPUM network, the targeted themes of the interests supported and anticipated (teaching and research) by them, the terms of a two-year plan of action for 2003-2005 (objectives, recommended means and preferred themes) and the general timetable of anticipated activities (2003-05). It also very briefly specifies the principles and operating procedures of the network's cooperation, which are part of a specific strategic development context.