CORRESPONDENCE PARC (McGill / Urban Design / Studio Project)
What opportunities can tram integration bring to an area? How can we capitalize on existing transit infrastructures? How can we reuse post-industrial landscapes in a productive manner? What effect does urban farming have on our collective imaginaries? How can public transit create awareness? How can urban design instill civic responsibility?
These are all questions that have inspired the Correspondence-Parc project, and are all key to the larger preoccupation that urban design must reflect on: how can we make the city whole?
Built form frames and defines the plaza, now animated by vehicular traffic and brings more opportunities for work to the area. Streets are given continuity and now span over through the old railway path, allowing for a better traffic flow as well as good pedestrian permeability. A passerelle leaps over the super market offering a different type of urban space. A façade fountain brings animation to the old and beatiful train station. And the lively shops are given a pedestrian friendlyness.
Investing the railway with a green corridor that incorporate both natural habitats and introduce urban farming into the city is both sensitive to the environment, but also acknowledges the post-industrial nature of these spaces by reintegrating an aspect of productivity. The path also allows for safe bike and pedestrian ways to access the near-by neighborhoods while revitalizing the areas around the old train-way.
VOLTIGE (UQAM / BA Environmental Design / Architecture / Studio Project)
The dream of the improbable implantation of a circus school to recuperate the Dufferin Montmorency overpass on ramps.
Ever since their construction in 1973, the central onramps of the Dufferin Montmorency highway have never seen seen use. Destined to be demolished because of the scar they create in the urban fabric of Quebec city, could we imagine an alternative future to this insolate infrastructure?
A Bridge —To link the two centers of Quebec city, that of the upper city with that of the lower city separated by a cliff, by using part of the overpass we can access the city in new and original ways.
A Tent —Let us now take advantage of this traffic so that during the whole year, but also during the city’s tourist season to have people animate the space within a giant circus tent. A skeleton, modular and structural acts as a a technical grid for all sorts of hanging systems – be they practical or decorative. Within this envelope the circus school erects itself like an urban sculpture in the no-man’s land that is the viaduct’s landscape.
COULÉE BERRI (Environmental Design / Architecture / Studio Project)
What can happen to an urban underpass if we dream to transorm it in a major pedestrian thru-fare?
A strong new link created as a gateway to the Plateau Mont-Royal district surrounds Sherbrooke metro. Car traffic is redirected as to free-up the underpass and reduce the amount of cars on Berri street and the entirety of the underpass is reclaimed as a pedestrian plaza housing buildings, protected pathways and rooftop promenades, each allowing for a variety of original urban experiences and ambiances.
The urban redesign allows much needed sunlight in the dark metro system allthe while connecting Sherbrooke metro station to a spacious linear plaza as well as a unique art and performance space.
CADRES HUMAINS // HUMAN FRAMES (CCA design charette)
intersection of a university, a bus terminal, a major metro station, and a
mall, Human Frames proposes interactivity between passersby, students,
travelers and commerce through the arts.
frames serve as means of dissemination of arts and cultures around the
esplanade of Place Émilie Gamelin.
interactive wall creates an animated link between the underground and the
square, and volumes hanging from the university’s façades act as windows on live creation.