YUL/MTL Moving Landscapes

Philippe Poullaouec-Gonidec, Sylvain Paquette, Patrick Marmen



9"x7" Portrait
Trade Paper
Publication date: 
Fall 2015
Rights world: 

Urban highways are unique windows from which to grasp a city’s identity. They can however be responsible for the fragmentation of cities and the degradation of their adjacent living environments. As many urban highways are aging, concerns about their redevelopment, upgrading or dismantling are emerging in many cities of the World. By examining the meaning as well as the opportunities offered by urban gateway corridors, the book attempts to offer a unique perspective on issues related this emerging landscape and transportation issue. More specifically, the book aims to describe the innovative approach to landscape infrastructure planning that was used for the YUL-MTL: Moving Landscapes initiative held in Montreal. Over two years, this initiative combined a design competition and a workshop with collaborative efforts between 20 public agencies to rethink a 17 km stretch of Montreal’s Autoroute 20 gateway corridor. Linking the downtown area to Montreal-Trudeau international airport, the corridor is mainly composed of transport infrastructures and industrial wastelands in dire need of revitalization along with residential areas.
Overall, the book shows how the consideration of the landscape when it comes to development projects offers not only a rich contextual knowledge from a transversal and multidisciplinary perspective but also becomes a vector for the coherent planning of infrastructures and their integration within adjacent territories and within the city.

About the author: 

Philippe Poullaouec-Gonidec is a landscape architect and environmental designer. Philippe is a Professor at the School of Landscape Architecture of the University of Montreal, where he was previously director from 1991 to 1996. He chairs a network of 23 academic institutions around the world to promote interdisciplinary research and multicultural dialogue on the future of urban landscapes. Pursuing his interest in contemporary art, he was co-founder and artistic-director from 2000-2003 of the Métis International Garden Festival.

Sylvain Paquette conducts research at the Chair in Landscape and Environmental Design. Having completed a doctorate in environmental design at the University of Montreal, he currently serves as an associate professor at the School of Landscape Architecture. His expertise is landscape sociology, examining landscapes from both social and cultural perspectives. He has contributed to the renewal of landscape and planning studies, with regard to both theory and methodology, by developing landscape-management tools.

Patrick Marmen is a research officer at the Chair in Landscape and Environmental Design and studio instructor at the School of Landscape Architecture. Primarily interested in developing and improving the urban-planning mechanisms that promote design quality in architecture and urban design, he was the professional advisor for the international ideas competition. He holds a master’s degree in architecture from Laval University.