Aménager : A series on urban life and experiencing the Quartier de l’Innovation!
Since April 2018, the Quartier de l’Innovation and the McGill University Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Montreal (CIRM) have invited the public to try new experiential meetings focused on innovative local initiatives for improving urban life.
Aménager : Experience and Innovation is a series of “conference experiments” designed to encourage Quartier de l’Innovation communities to reconnect with the district’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 visit a prominent location in the neighbourhood and talk with local organizations that are rethinking their living environment. Contributors and academic researchers also join the discussion to connect the actions undertaken locally to research conducted on these projects.
Virtual tour in times of a pandemic
In November 2020, we aired a Facebook Live virtual visit of the art center Arsenal Contemporary Art Contemporain Montreal, a cultural institution in the district! Julie Bourgoin, University Program Manager at the Quartier de l’Innovation, met with Dominique Toutant, Director of the Blouin Division Gallery (an integral part of Arsenal), to talk about the origins of the art complex and its place in the urban landscape of the district. As a bonus, we were able to visit and experience an interactive exhibit on site.