UNESCO Urban Design Workshop "Imaginer la place d'Armes" - General public invited to join in activities

    MONTREAL, Oct. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Montrealers are invited to take part in
several free activities being organized as part of the UNESCO Urban Design
Workshop "Imaginer la place d'Armes," which will take place from October 20 to
27. During the workshop, seven designers from Berlin and Buenos Aires will
join three Montréal teams as they reflect upon strategies and map out design
proposals illustrating possible new layouts for Place d'Armes. The free
activities are designed to encourage the public to take part in the exchanges
and discussions on redeveloping this highly emblematic heritage site, and to
follow the work of the design workshop creators as it happens.
    An open, participatory brainstorming exercise, this type of design
workshop is part of a wider urban initiative that aims at establishing
constructive dialogue between the various stakeholders in the redevelopment of
Place d'Armes: neighbourhood residents and merchants, the general public,
representatives of public administrations, designers, elected officials and
urban planning professionals.

    Free activities for the public to help envision the new Place d'Armes

    For the duration of the design workshop, architecture gallery MONOPOLI
will become the "workshop watch" venue and a crossroads of exchanges and
    MONOPOLI will be an exclusive strategic space, open to everyone, where
all of the ideas developed by the designers will be accessible, and where
visitors can get a sense of the atmosphere resulting from this intensive
creative exercise - spontaneous, feverish, constantly and rapidly evolving.
Each day, the designers will be submitting the results of their work at the
gallery, building toward a final exhibition made up of the sum of their
reflections during the workshop.

    Imagine your place d'Armes

    The public is invited to voice their opinion on the development of Place
d'Armes by responding to the questions that will be broadcast on the Web at

    Tours of Place d'Armes and Old Montréal

    Place d'Armes, the Seminary Garden and the surrounding built environment
are eloquent witnesses to the evolution of architecture and planning in Old
Montréal. A 90-minute guided tour will be offered on two occasions. Meet-up
location: Place d'Armes, right at the feet of Sieur de Maisonneuve!

    Sunday, October 21 and 28
    Leaving from the foot of the Maisonneuve monument, Place d'Armes,
    at 2:30 p.m.

    Come and meet the designers

    MONOPOLI will be holding midday get-togethers on Tuesday, October 23 and
Thursday, October 25. Bring your lunch, find out what the designers have been
up to, talk to them about the development of Place d'Armes.

    Midday get-togethers
    Tuesday, October 23 and Thursday, October 25
    12 p.m.
    MONOPOLI, architecture gallery
    181, rue Saint-Antoine Ouest
    Admission free

    Take part in the debate and discussions on the development of
    Place d'Armes

    Come and hear the students in development and design at the universities
of Montréal, McGill, Concordia and UQAM present their views on the development
of Place d'Armes during the "Stake Your Claim!" event organized along the
lines of a "Pecha Kucha" evening.
    Launched in Tokyo by the Klein Dytham firm, in 2003, the Pecha Kucha
evenings-Japanese for "the sound of conversations"-consist of a series of
presentations where creators from all fields present a project or a concept in
a relaxed atmosphere conducive to the exchange of ideas.

    "Stake Your Claim!" evening
    Wednesday, October 24
    7 p.m.
    Fabrique Notre-Dame, Parish Hall
    426, rue Saint-Sulpice
    Admission free

    See the presentation of the proposals developed by the three teams of

    The public is invited to the presentation of the results of the UNESCO
Urban Design Workshop during which the three teams of designers will present
their development strategies and proposals. A debate with guest experts will
follow the presentations of every team. Moreover, an exhibition will showcase
the work produced by all the designers.

    Presentation of the results of the UNESCO Urban Design Workshop "Imaginer
    la place d'Armes"
    Saturday, October 27
    1:30 p.m.
    Palais des congrès de Montréal (Viger entrance), Room 524 A
    Admission free

    For more information about the UNESCO Urban Design Workshop "Imaginer la
place d'Armes" and its related activities, visit

    Place d'Armes will be redeveloped by the City of Montréal in co-operation
with the Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition
féminine du Québec under the Montréal Cultural Development Agreement between
the two governments. In addition, several municipal specialties (heritage,
parks and green spaces) will be contributing to the UNESCO Urban Design
Workshop "Imaginer la place d'Armes, project led by Design Montréal in
partnership with the UNESCO Chaire en paysage et environnement de Montréal."
The workshop will also benefit from financial support from the Montréal
Cultural Development Agreement and from the Ministère des Affaires municipales
et des Régions du Québec under its Fonds de développement de la Métropole.

For further information:

For further information: Stéphanie Jecrois, Design Montréal, (514)
872-5388; Colette Proulx, Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la
Condition féminine, (514) 873-2979

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