1 January 2015
POULLAOUEC-GONIDEC, P., PAQUETTE, S., MARMEN, P. (2015). YUL/MTL Moving Landscapes. Applied Research and Design Publishing, Montreal, 261p.
How do the results from an ideation process stemming from an international ideas competition and a design workshop create that backbone of a collaborative planning project? The present work intends to demonstrate that creative engagement in territorial stakeholders’ viewpoints while allowing visualization and implemention of that vision.
It is important to stress straightaway that this initiative of the Chai in Landscape and Environment from the University of Montreal (CPEUM) and of the UNESCO Chair (CUPEUM) from the same institution was held with the support and collaboration of the ministère des Transports du Québec. In this respect, this department is a pioneer in Québec, and even in North America, supporting, in the context of a highway project, the key role of ideation through consultation, mobilization, and building awareness amongst territorial stakeholders. By focusing on inclusive ideation work that is not meant to retain a general idea but an “atlas of possibility”, as suggested by the jury of the y”, as suggested by the jury of the YUL/MTL : Moving Landscapes ideas competition, directed by Édouard François, Architect and Urban Planner, the position of this approach will help to ensure a dialog between everyone.
An original use of this “atlas of possibility” is put forward in this book to formalize the design principles and criteria, as well as to create sensible and coherent urban planning scenarios with a view toward implementing future projects along an infrastructure corridor.
This question of the meaning given to the territory is one of the essential challenges of a requalification project for the city entrance highway corridor. Therefore, the YUL/MTL : Moving Landscapes project reminds us of the importance of determining this requalification project on a territorial basis, because mobility carries in itself an experience that involves placing the crossed and lived places onto landscape.
The initiative presented in this publication thus contributes to shedding new light on current thought about landscape, urban mobility, and the city entrance concept. We hope that the contribution and benefits from this collaborative planning exercise can inspire the implementation of future projects in Montreal and the development of similar processes elsewhere in the world.
Yet, this approach already fits into the objectives of the Montreal UNESCO City of Design designation. “Neither label nor consecration, (this nomination) is an invitation to develop Montreal around its design creativity.” With this project, our North American metropolis is given the mission to promote structuring actions (competition, public dialogs, etc.) to imagine and “better make the city of the 21th century with more designers.” The YUL/MTL : Moving Landscape project is part of it!