Faculty members Carmela Cucuzzella (Concordia University Research Chair in Integrated Design, Ecology, And Sustainability (IDEAS) for the Built Environment) , Alice Jarry and Kregg Hetherington, director of the Concordia Ethnography Lab, and Shauna Janssen, Concordia University Research Chair in Performative Urbanism and the director of the Institute for Urban Futures, in collaboration with Concordia’s Office of Community Engagement, are working with the community of Point-Saint-Charles on Bâtiment 7, a former CN train shop in the Montreal neighbourhood.
They have been co-leading a series of design charrettes between Concordia students and members of the neighbourhood on what the exterior spaces around the building could look like. The workshop at 4TH Space will be the next step in the process, to take place on Thursday, January 17.
With only one-third of their site renovated and in-use, the future of Bâtiment 7’s exterior public spaces is a pressing issue for the organization. They are engaging in a broad range of complex exchanges with partners and neighbours – the city, land developers and community-based organizations promoting community and social housing.
According to Kevin McMahon, Project Manager at Bâtiment 7, “the charrette has been a very useful means to think outside of the box of what we currently know and to integrate, as a result, new notions of all that we could conceivably achieve with our space.”
Bâtiment 7 is working with Concordia faculty and students on several design charrettes with the end goal of producing a document that they can present in these exchanges that outline a range of exterior land development scenarios.
But what exactly is a design charrette?