Title of Project:
CoLLaboratoire: Living experiments for Climate Change Awareness
Pascal Xavier Poirier
About the Project
CoLLaboratoire is a research-creation initiative, which started on September 2015, in Montreal, Canada. The aim of this project is to better understand how the collaborative design of public art-architecture installations can contribute to a critique, deeper understanding and/or embodiment of sustainable urban, professional, community, and even human practices in the long term. It focuses on the design of art-architecture for public spaces as a practice in which the resulting representation and narrative can contribute to todays' imperative questions by pushing its disciplinary boundaries.
Through design experimentation, citizen engagement, and the construction of working prototypes installed in Montreal, these designs are intended to lead to scalable and measurable environmental benefits, such as green energy and food production, water conservation, greater community involvement, etc. It is a project under the auspices of the Concordia University Research Chair Integrated Design, Ecology, and Sustainability for the Built Environment (IDEAS-BE), of which I am chair. This research project is also directly related to the worldwide initiative called Future Earth. Future Earth is a global platform for sustainability research serving as a vehicle for communicating knowledge between sustainability sciences, business leaders, policy makers, and community leaders. The location of the United Nations Future Earth global secretariat is in Montreal. Montreal, a UNESCO city of Design, with its hybridity of cultures, languages, urban dynamism, and its leading place in the history of sustainability, is a fertile place for such an experiment in sustainable living.
Through this initiative we are planning, designing, and building public space urban installations with the intent of heightening climate change awareness, while also building capacity in citizenry to address issues together. The aim is to successfully make connections between academics, community members, artists, designers, architects, professionals, and business leaders, etc., in order to better address sustainability challenges. This research project has the inherent benefit of communicating the research directly to the community involved, and therefore also acts as an outreach project.
All installations are context sensitive, taking into consideration the concerns of the community in which they are intended. CoLLaboratoire has adopted the urban corridor of Sherbrooke Street, which runs 31km east to west across the city of Montreal in Canada as an organizing principle for all urban interventions and/or installations. This iconic Montreal street runs from the Parc Delphis Delorme and Paroisse Marie-Goretti nature area in the east to just west of Concordia University’s Loyola Campus in Montreal Ouest. Along this corridor we will identify roughly 12 sites or hubs for artistic-architectural installations and interventions. The resulting narrative from the collection of these designs along Sherbrooke Street will be at once, educational, interactive and experiential.
There are so many way to get involved in the project. You might want to submit an original design for an ideas competition, or you might want to join a team of citizen designers at an upcoming charette. Maybe you want to attend an exhibition of juried ideas, or read about project happenings… don’t miss anything! If you would like to receive an email about upcoming events, please leave us your email address - we won’t share it with anyone else.
Ongoing Design Competition
Launched: February 16, 2017
Location: Bus Stop Sites within the ILEAU Territory
Previous Design Competitions
2016 Inaugural Design Challenge
Design Competition for a Solar Powered Bus Shelter: Interactive & Educational