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Conrad Poirier, 1941. Collection numérique de Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec

The Institute for Urban Futures is a platform for facilitating interdisciplinary dialogue and exchange on the complex culture of cities. It creates a space for bringing together faculty, artists and researchers, as well as graduate students across the university and greater Montreal community, who seek to re-envision and actualize the potentiality of urban life – of possible urban futures - through the arts, culture, media, technology, business, architecture and design.

The Institute initiates, amplifies, documents, and circulates research, pedagogical and creative practices opening towards the urban condition considered in its widest sense, on themes such as social justice and the right to the city, sustainability, resilience, reconciliation, migration and urban transformation, media ecology, queer urbanisms, environmental humanism, citying and futuricity.

Core critical questions guiding the Institute include:

·         What is the role of art and technology in reimagining and realizing sustainable, just and resilient urban futures?

·         How might issues of urban urgency be collectively defined along horizontal lines to emphasize consultation and facilitate inclusive outcomes?

·         How can our collective dialogue about the future of urban space make room for heterogeneous perspectives and knowledges about the city, especially those of children, citizens without domiciles, the urban poor, elders, and indigenous peoples?

·         What can be learned about urban speculations by looking at radical ideas about “the future” as they now exist in the past, such as Expo ’67?

·         How can art, design, and performance radically sensualise our encounters with the sonic, olfactory, and haptic dimensions of the city so that we might boldly engage them in our speculative designs for the future?

·         How can universities help citizens develop a heightened awareness of environmental change issues through art, design and community engagement?

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Territorial acknowledgement

I/We would like to begin by acknowledging that Concordia University is located on unceded Indigenous lands. The Kanien’kehá:ka Nation is recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters on which we gather today. Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. Today, it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. We respect the continued connections with the past, present and future in our ongoing relationships with Indigenous and other peoples within the Montreal community.

J’aimerais / Nous aimerions commencer par reconnaître que l'Université Concordia est située en territoire autochtone, lequel n’a jamais été cédé. Je reconnais/Nous reconnaissons la nation Kanien'kehá: ka comme gardienne des terres et des eaux sur lesquelles nous nous réunissons aujourd'hui. Tiohtiá: ke / Montréal est historiquement connu comme un lieu de rassemblement pour de nombreuses Premières Nations, et aujourd'hui, une population autochtone diversifiée, ainsi que d'autres peuples, y résident. C’est dans le respect des liens avec le passé, le présent et l'avenir que nous reconnaissons les relations continues entre les Peuples Autochtones et autres personnes de la communauté montréalaise.

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