Shaping Neighborhoods : a new series on urban life to experience the Quartier de l’Innovation.

Shaping Neighborhoods : a new series on urban life to experience the Quartier de l’Innovation.


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Shaping Neighborhoods : a new series on urban life to experience the Quartier de l’Innovation.

Published on:
March 22, 2018
Event date:
Thursday, 22 March, 2018 (All day)

This April, the Quartier de l’Innovation and the McGill University Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Montreal (CIRM) invite you to try new experiential meetings focused on innovative local initiatives aimed at improving urban life.

Shaping Neighborhoods: Experience and Innovation is a series of “conference experiments” designed to encourage Quartier de l’Innovation communities to reconnect with the Quartier’s urban planning projects and spur discussion on its community projects, academic research and municipal programs.

They are an opportunity to reflect as well as to develop and build a resilient neighborhood that’s open to its residents’ ideas. At each meeting, participants will visit a prominent location in the neighborhood and talk with local organizations that are rethinking their living environment. Contributors and academic researchers will also join the discussion to connect the actions undertaken locally to research conducted on these projects.

Build, the first of the three meetings that will be held on April 17

** THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT ** You can send us an email at info [at] to be the first to receive information for the next Shaping Neighborhoods event.

Photo credit : Pierre-Antoine L. (Reflets)


Why has place-making become necessary? Most places in most cities developed organically over time, as people and builders appropriated space, modelled it and gave it character. In this era where buildings and neighborhoods are built and torn down, rethinking architecture has become essential.

Date: April 17, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Meeting point: Wellington Control Tower (click here to see how to get there)

Academic Leader: Richard Shearmur, Director of the School of Urban Planning, McGill University

Program: Visit of the Wellington Control Tower, a research/action, dissemination and incubation venue with a café-bistro, which will serve as a meeting hub for all who are rethinking and building the city of today and tomorrow. The visit will be followed by a discussion in the Young Project transitory space created by Entremise.


  • - Ms. Pauline Butiaux, vice-president and treasurer, Manoeuvres / Wellington Control Tower

  • - Professor Gorka Espiau : professor pr practice, McConnell Foundation / CIRM 

  • - Mr. Philémon Gravel, co-founder, director of de urban planning, Entremise

  • - Mr. Jonathan Cha : urbanologist, landscape architect, heritage consultant, landscaping consultant for Jean-Drapeau Park, lecturer at UQAM and UdeM, co-founder of MTL\ville en mouvement, co-director at Le Virage MTL

  • - Ms. Carla Rangel Garcia and Ms. Marie-Philip Roy-Lasselle : Mont Réel project and ConstructLab Berlin 


Discussions on the design of novel living spaces as concerns energy conservation, waste management and other means of environmental protection and sustainable development.

Date : Mid-May (date to be confirmed), 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Academic Leader: Michael Jemtrud, Founder and Director of the FARMM - Facility for Architectural Research in Media and Mediation of the School of Architecture, McGill University


Have you heard about civic assets? Some buildings play a central role in the collective lives of their communities. Think of schools, community centres, hospitals and places of worship which contribute people’s sense of belonging.  Many of these sites of belonging are today in need of renewal. What strategies can be developed to enable civic assets to flourish in the face of rapidly changing urban landscapes?

Date: June 13, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Academic Leader: Hoi Kong, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University

Photo credit : Pierre-Antoine L. (Reflets)

Shaping Neighborhoods : a new series on urban life to experience the Quartier de l’Innovation.